Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Jul 2:
With only 60 of the 613 ‘missing’ government doctors responding to the Odisha government’s show cause notice in newspapers, it’s now clear that these doctors care two hoots for the government’s notice or their government jobs.
Concrened at the poor response to the show cause notice, the state government has already extended the deadline for resonding to the notice from June30 to July 10. And yet, knowledgeable sources in the Health and Family Welfare department say the number of doctors responding to the notice by the end of the revised deadline on July 10 can reach a maximum of 75.
There is no word on the whereabouts of 613 doctors posted with the state government for quite some time. Some of them have gone missing after joining their jobs while others have stopped reporting to their jobs after serving for some years.
Curiously, the state government, which had taken a decision to serve them with show cause notices, didn’t have their addresses with it.
Left with no other option, the Health and Family Welfare department published advertisements in newspapers on June 1 with the names of the 613 doctors asking them to receive/collect their notices from the department latest by June 10 and reply back to the notice within 20 days i.e June 30. A week after its publication, it was amended and the last date for replying back to the notice was extended to July 10.
Many of the doctors who have responded to the notice have said in their replies that they had sent their resignation letters to the department but those have not been accepted by it and have stated that for that reason they remained away from their jobs without informing the authorities. They have requested to accept their resignations, the sources revealed.
Further some doctors have said in their replies that they have undertaken higher studies and were therefore not reporting to their jobs. Broadly, most of the doctors are not interested to continue with their government jobs, the sources further revealed.
Departmental sources said replies to the notice will be reviewed at a high level meeting on July 13 and services of those who have not responded to the notice will be terminated while steps will be taken in accordance with Rule 15 of Odisha Civil Service Rules, 1962.
Notably, at present there are 4,841 sanctioned doctor posts in the state out of which doctors have been posted in 4,291of them and 613 are missing. On the other hand, OMSA has claimed that the number of missing doctors was much higher than the 613.