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Nothing amiss in Medical College Appointments
Minister for Medical Education Ramachandra Gowda has refuted reports of corruption and nepotism in the recruitment of subordinate personnel for the Hassan and Mysore medical colleges and said he would request Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa to order an inquiry into complaints, if any.
It is stated that the Chief Minister acting on complaints from various quarters and the prima facie evidence based on a preliminary inquiry by a senior official of the State Government ordered that the appointment orders of nearly 400 people be kept in abeyance.
This procedure has been adopted as the Government can cancel the appointments only after an inquiry is conducted.
A large number of selected candidates are stated to have individually written to the Chief Minister on Thursday conveying that they had not paid any money for their recruitment and have sought directions for the issue of appointment letters.
Mr. Gowda, who is considered a confidant of the Chief Minister, told “let there be an inquiry into the complaints, if any. Yes, I agree that I am very close to the Chief Minister and a complaint made against a department under my charge will also reflect on the Chief Minister. Hence, I will call upon the Chief Minister to institute any kind of inquiry which he deems fit”.
The Minister said both the Hassan and Mysore medical colleges were autonomous institutions and the governing council (of which he is the chairman) had been vested with powers for recruitment.
Autonomy had been granted only to free the institutions from bureaucratic delays and ensure good administration. Incidentally, the appointment of nearly 400 personnel (all in the Group C and D category ) have been carried out by senior government officials who are members of the governing council.
Mr. Gowda said that all appointments were made strictly on merit and by following the roster system. Many of those recruited were also serving in the two institutions as temporary employees for a long time and had been demanding for absorption into government service for long.
“I had also received many recommendation letters, but I refrained from exerting any pressure on the officials concerned. There is no nepotism, corruption, favouritism or even political influence, and the charges now being made are owing to political animosity”.
He said that the posts for which recruitments had been made were all sanctioned posts and the appointment authority for these posts was the director of the institution concerned.
Further, all recruitments were made after obtaining the approval of the governing council. “I will call on the Chief Minister soon after his return to Bangalore and if he orders for an inquiry I will wholeheartedly welcome it”.
The Minister said that should the Chief Minister opt for cancellation of appointments, injustice would be done to the selected candidates.
“I appeal to the selected candidates not to get upset and remain calm”. The news of the appointment orders being put on hold had already resulted in demonstrations in both Mysore and Hassan.