Govt terminates 112 doctors for ‘unauthorised absence’ from duties in J&K

Srinagar, Jun 20 (KNS): Jammu and Kashmir’s Health and Medical Education department (H&ME) on Monday ordered termination of at least 112 doctors for their unauthorised absence from duties for over five years. 

According to separate orders issued by H&ME Department, copies or which lie with Kashmir News Service (KNS) at least 112 doctors have been terminated for remaining absent from their duties.

The order stated that notices were served to these doctors by Director Health Services, Jammu/Kashmir and in some cases by Administrative Department, wherein, an opportunity was given to them to resume their duties immediately, otherwise disciplinary action shall be initiated against them as warranted under rules. 

It added that these doctor neither replied to notice nor reported back for duties and under Rule 25 (2) of J&K Civil Services Leave Rules, 1979 "wilful absence from duty after the expiry of leave renders a Government servant liable to disciplinary action."

The order further stated that absence without leave or after the end of leave involves loss of appointment, except as provided in Article 203 (b) or when due to ill health in which case the absentee must produce the certificate of Medical Officer.

“The cases of these doctors have been examined thoroughly in the department in view of the rule position governing the subject and it has been  found that since these doctors have not resumed their duties despite notices issued to them and this act on their part is a voluntary act and they are liable to be discharged from services on account of unauthorized absence from duties for more than five years," it reads. (KNS)

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