In a case pertaining to three civil surgeons who got promotions by allegedly using fake disability certificates, the state’s Commission for Persons with Disabilities has noted that while conducting the disability assessment of the medical officers, the government has violated its order.
In a letter written to the Additional Chief Secretary, Health, on Monday, the commission said the government was asked to get the disability of three civil surgeons assessed from the PGIMER, Chandigarh. However, the three cases were referred to Government Medical College, Patiala.
In its report in November last year, the Government Medical College, Patiala, had reduced the disability of Dr Parvinderpal Singh, Civil Surgeon, Ludhiana, from 45 per cent to 24 per cent; Dr Balwant Singh, Kapurthala Civil Surgeon, from 53 per cent to 40.6 per cent. However, the case of Sangrur Civil Surgeon Dr Arun Kumar Gupta was referred to the PGI, Chandigarh, on the pretext of non-availability of neurologist.
Now, the commission has conveyed to the government that while conducting the medical examination, “its orders were violated”. The commission said the disability assessment of Dr Balwant Singh should be done again as per the instructions and the report of reassessment was sought within 15 days, which was not sent to the commission. The complainants had claimed that experts in Patiala tried to save Dr Balwant Singh by mentioning a new disability (of 10 per cent), which was never part of his record.