Jammu and Kashmir government on Monday terminated 112 doctors for “unauthorised” absence from their service, officials said.
The state government issued four notices on Monday in this regard against those doctors who have been absent for a long period from the service without any authorisation.
A health department official said that in some cases, the 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.
He said that these doctors neither replied to notice nor reported back for duties and under Rule 25 (2) of J&K Civil Services Leave Rules, 1979 “willful absence from duty after the expiry of leave renders a Government servant liable to disciplinary action.”
“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” and 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,” he added.
Of the lot, 12 doctors were terminated for their unauthorised absence during probation and 100 others for staying away from work for the duration of two to 17 years.