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Former MS among three officials suspended for ’embezzlement’ of funds

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Govt constitutes committee to enquire matter, to submit report within 15 days

Srinagar: The Health and Medical Education (H&ME) department on Tuesday suspended three officials including the former Medical Superintendent of District Hospital Kulgam in connection with an embezzlement of Hospital Development Funds.

News agency KNO reported that a two-member committee has been constituted to probe the matter and submit a report within 15 days.

“Pending enquiry into the conduct relating to embezzlement of hospital development funds in District Hospital, Kulgam, the officials are, hereby, placed under suspension with immediate effect,” read the order.

The officials, who have been placed under suspension are Dr. Afsana Banoo, the then Medical Superintendent, District Hospital, Kulgam; Mohammad Ashraf, the then Senior Assistant, and Mohammad Shafi also a Senior Assistant at District Hospital Kulgam.

“It is further ordered that during the period of suspension, they shall remain attached in the Directorate of Health Services, Kashmir and shall submit their bio-metric attendance to the Health and Medical Education Department on monthly basis,” the order read.

Besides, Mudasir DEIC Manager (on contractual basis), District Hospital Kulgam attached with the office of the Mission Director, National Health Mission, J&K with immediate effect, the order reads.

A two-member enquiry committee was also set up to probe the matter.

The members of the committee as per the order are Dr. Yash Pal Sharma, Director Coordination, New Government Medical Colleges, J&K, and Muzaffar Ahmad Rather, Chief Account Officer, Government Medical College, Anantnag.

“The inquiry committee shall submit its report alongwith explicit recommendations to the Health and Medical Education Department within a period of fifteen (15) days from the date of issuance of this order,” the order reads.

Notably, a few days ago, a private security guard of District Hospital Kulgam was arrested on the charges of withdrawing Rs 33 lakhs from the official account of the hospital Medical Superintendent.

He was arrested and money was recovered, while further investigation is going on.


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