SZMCH administrator flouts cabinet orders to fire 88 ‘illegally recruited’ employees – Newspaper
RAHIM YAR KHAN: The administration of Shaikh Zayed Medical College (SZMCH) hospital ignored the instructions of the Punjab cabinet standing committee on finance and development to dismiss up to 88 BS-16 to BS-18 appointed employees illegally in the past 15 years and take action against those implicated in the illegality.
The cabinet committee issued the instructions at its 57th meeting held on April 15, 2021, recommending action against all chief executives and chief financial officers responsible for those appointments made against rules and regulations resulting in loss to the public purse.
But, despite the passage of more than 40 days, the SZMCH administration did not implement these clear instructions from the standing committee.
According to SZMCH sources, executives including Professor Abdul Karim, Professor Dr Muhammad Saeed, Professor Dr Mubarak Ali Chaudhry and Professor Zafar Hussain Tanvir, as well as CFOs Noor Tariq and Abdul Hakim Anjum allegedly abused their powers. by making these »Meetings.
They said that recently Senior Professor Dr Tariq Ahmed and CFOs Nadeem Sohail and Khurshid Ahmed also released the salaries of these 88 employees following a year-long protest by different SZMCH staff associations, demanding their regularization and the release of their salaries.
They said the National Accountability Office (NAB) Multan was also investigating the matter over a citizen’s complaint.
The standing committee also suggested that 384 of the 846 employees who had been appointed against the Special Drawing Account (SDA) seats, allegedly in violation of the rules and regulations, would also be fired. He further suggested that the 141 health and safety workers recruited from the seats created by the SZMCH Board of Directors (BoM) would be streamlined as their jobs had already been outsourced.
The Standing Committee report further suggests that the administration of the SZMCH should address the issue of 321 employees (contract, part-time, etc.) and 384 employees adjusted for SDA seats, allegedly illegally appointed, in a manner which could not set a precedent for other employees working in various departments.
The report states that the staff of the human resources department of SZMCH should be immediately changed because the human resources department existed only on paper and was never created.
However, according to the sources, despite instructions from the ministerial body, many of these employees were still working at their seats. They said that one such example was that of the medical record manager Ghulam Mustafa who illegally works as an administrative officer despite the removal of the (administrative manager’s) seat for a long time. Likewise, Khuram Shehzad worked as a legal adviser, who was tasked with dealing with the headquarters allegedly contrary to rules and regulations and was subsequently posted as deputy director and head of the development department, despite clear instructions from the Punjab Bar Council (PbBC). that no practicing lawyer and member of the bar could work for any organization.
SZMCH focal person Professor Ali Burhan Mustafa told this correspondent that SZMCH Senior Professor Professor Tariq Ahmed will give his side on the issues after the BoM meeting to be held on May 28 (today ‘ hui). However, Mr Mustafa admitted that there had been breaches of codal formalities in various appointments made in recent years as some officers were still working in seats not reserved for them.
He added that the medical superintendent of the SZMH, who was also the general secretary of the BoM, was the most appropriate person to comment on these issues.
Former CFO Noor Tariq said he and others in the post could not be held responsible for the illegal appointments finalized by senior SZMCH executives.
He asked why the secretaries of the health and finance departments had not taken any action in this regard despite being aware of the matter SZMH focal person, Rana Ilyas Ahmef, did not respond to questions from this correspondent.
Posted in Dawn on May 28, 2021