After his past communications sent to the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) to secure the 60:40 ratio of officials on deputation in the Chandigarh Administration,Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal has now shot of a letter to UT Administrator Shivraj Patil to ensure that the post of Director Health Services,UT,is filled by none other than a doctor from Punjab.
At present,the post is occupied by Dr Rajiv Vadehra,who is also the medical superintendent of Government Multi Specialty Hospital,Sector 16,and is on deputation from Haryana. Sources said that there was a move in the UT Administration to elevate him to the said post on a regular basis.
Sources added that only after the Punjab government got a hint of the move,the CM wrote a letter to the UT Administrator asking him to ensure that as per the precedent,the post must remain with Punjab.
Till the last director health services Dr Chander Mohan,who retired on August 31,2012,the post had always been occupied by a doctor from Punjab.
In his letter,the CM has written that since the promulgation of the Reorganisation Act,1966,the posts in the UT Administration were filled proportionate to the quota earmarked for Punjab and Haryana,who shared several posts in UT,in the ratio of 60:40,respectively.
The letter further stated that in terms of division between the two states,the post of Principal Medical Officer-cum-DHS lied with Punjab. The post of PMO-cum-DHS is always filled from the strength of deputy/additional directors (health) of Punjab and the post of medical superintendent of GMSH-16 from the deputy/additional directors (health) of Haryana, the letter read.
Officials in the UT health department said that a panel of doctors from Punjab for the coveted post of DHS was rejected,last year,by the UT Administration,and after that instead of inviting another panel. Vadehera was given the officiating charge of the DHS. Also,his three year term as the medical superintendent of the hospital will end soon.
Badal,in his letter,also stated that if the ongoing court case in the matter was an issue then a doctor from Punjab could be given the officiating charge of DHS,instead of a doctor from Haryana. The officiating charge handed over to Vadehra has been challenged by a doctor from the UT health department before the Central Administrative Tribunal.