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Punjab V-C row: As protests develop, AAP authorities rushes to placate physician

The Aam Aadmi Occasion (AAP) authorities in Punjab is scrambling to quell the controversy involving state Well being Minister Chetan Singh Jouramajra and Dr Raj Bahadur, the vice-chancellor of Baba Farid College of Well being Sciences (BFUHS) who has since resigned, hoping to placate the reputed orthopaedic surgeon.

Sources stated that Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann spoke to Dr Bahadur late Friday evening to pacify him, nevertheless, he didn’t withdraw the resignation. “The CM has requested him to fulfill him on Monday. The problem would solely be sorted on Monday,” a supply stated, including that Mann is busy with a narcotics conclave underway at Punjab Raj Bhawan on Saturday and shall be visiting Sunam and Sangrur on Sunday.

The AAP authorities in Punjab was lately criticised by the Opposition over Anmol Rattan Singh Sidhu’s resignation as advocate basic. Within the newest controversy, Jouramajra on Friday pressured Dr Bahadur to lie down on a dirty mattress in entrance of employees and sufferers throughout an inspection at Guru Gobind Singh Medical Faculty and Hospital (GGSMCH) in Faridkot. A video of Jouramajra snubbing the V-C in public went viral Friday night.

Hours later, the V-C shot off his resignation to the chief minister. The chief minister’s workplace labored until late on Friday evening, as a part of firefighting efforts, however Dr Bahadur didn’t withdraw the resignation. In alleged solidarity with him, Dr Rajiv Devgan and Dr Ok D Singh, additionally resigned from their posts as principal-director of Authorities Medical Faculty, Amritsar and medical superintendent of Guru Nanak Dev Hospital, which is related to Authorities Medical Faculty, Amritsar, respectively, citing private causes. Each despatched their resignation letters on Friday.

Authorities sources additionally stated that there was a technicality concerned in Dr Bahadur’s resignation, saying that he has to tender his resignation to the governor, not the chief minister.

Following Dr Bahadur’s resignation, social media has been abuzz with posts deploring the conduct of the well being minister. The alumni of Medical Faculty Shimla, the alma mater of Dr Bahadur, additionally despatched a memorandum to Mann, condemning the “undesirable, unbecoming and deplorable behaviour of the well being minister”.

A authorities functionary stated that Dr Bahadur was recognized for his service and was on the forefront throughout the Covid pandemic. “He has labored arduous within the college. The academic institute has gone from quantity 3 to number one in Punjab. It’s all on account of his efforts. He’s additionally the one physician on the Nationwide Medical Council from the state. If we need to take Punjab’s aspect to the panel, he’s the suitable individual. If the federal government needs him to go away solely as a result of he was on good phrases with earlier chief ministers, then there’s a solution to inform him (that),” the functionary stated.

The controversy involving Dr Bahadur, who belongs to Himachal Pradesh, additionally hurts the AAP at a time when it’s planning to make inroads into the state within the upcoming Meeting elections.

Quickly after his resignation, the alumni of Medical Faculty Shimla, the alma mater of Dr Bahadur, despatched a memorandum to the Punjab CM. It learn, “We, the alumni of the 1970 batch of the Medical Faculty Shimla, Himachal Pradesh {and professional} colleagues of Prof Raj Bahadur, VC, Baba Farid College of Well being Sciences, strongly condemn the undesirable, unbecoming and deplorable behaviour of the well being minister with Prof Bahadur that befell on 29 July 2022.”

The memorandum identified that Dr Bahadur has an unblemished profession spanning 5 a long time. “His skilled acumen and devoted selfless providers to the group have been recognised nationally and internationally. His quite a few sufferers, colleagues and college students will vouch for his absolute integrity and unflinching dedication. A life-long work par excellence shouldn’t be demolished by the vagaries of ill-informed and biased Well being Minister,” it added.

The memorandum additional stated that docs are “ONLY mediators of implementing your political dedication into modifications on the floor”. “Antagonising the medical fraternity shall be counter-productive for any environment friendly administration. Uncalled for behaviour by your well being minister with probably the most esteemed and famend docs doesn’t augur properly for enthusiastic response by the well being professionals in Panjab,” it stated, urging Mann to take “applicable motion” in opposition to Jouramajra.


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