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Medical council used as milking cow, claims chief

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Vishav Bharti

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 20

In a letter to the Chief Minister, Dr AS Sekhon, president of the Punjab Medical Council, has alleged that the council is being "used as a milking cow" by the Department of Medical Education and Research (DMER). He said he did not want to embarrass the Chief Minister by moving the Punjab and Haryana High Court against his own government.

Dr Sekhon, a close associate of Capt Amarinder Singh, requested the CM to "save him from humiliation and insult" at the hands of the DMER. He claimed he was facing humiliation at every step, whether it was appointments in the council or relieving certain employees.

Dr Sekhon wrote: "All councils are used as milking cows by the Department of Medical Education. These are virtually funding the office of Director, Medical Education and Research, Punjab."

He said the councils were also providing temporary manpower to different offices of the Medical Education Department, besides providing vehicles for the Director, Medical Education, and others. "The maintenance and construction of the Medical Education Bhawan was also borne by the councils," he said.

He said: "If the dignity and authority of the councils is not respected, then I suggest all councils should be dissolved and powers be given to the department itself."

There are five different councils — homeopathic nursing, medical, pharmacy and ayurvedic — which are under the DMER. "To maintain the dignity of the council and my chair only two options are left, either I resign or file a writ petition in the HC against our own government," he told the CM.

DK Tiwari Principal Secretary, Medical Education and Research, refused to comment, saying he was not aware of any such letter. Dr Sekhon didn't attend calls despite repeated attempts.

from The Tribune

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