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Monday, January 18, 2010

Extension of SS Dhar as principal of Silchar Medical College questioned

SS Dhar’s continuation as principal questioned

Special Correspondent

SILCHAR, Jan 18: The extension of Sandeep Swapan Dhar as principal of Silchar Medical College and Hospital, who is virtually on serial extensions after his retirement, has been questioned by the Medical College Suraksha Parishad (MCSP). In a joint statement issued here today, MCSP president Raja Mia Laskar and general secretary Tapan Kanti Roy said the reappointment of Dhar has created deep resentment among people in general which they said “is against all canons of justice and norms.”

The MCSP alleged that during the tenure of Dhar, there had been irregularities and mismanagement in the administration of Medical College. Crores of rupees allotted by the government for the development and improvement of health infrastructure, it further alleged, are being misused. The College has become in reality the tool for business in the hands of a group of vested interests.

The dream of late great leader Moinul Haque Chowdhury, who was both a State and Central Minister, the architect of this Medical College, according to the statement, is being shattered. The Parishad cautioned that such irregularities in the functioning of the premier Medical College would not be tolerated. It said that in the appointment of the hopes and aspirations of the patients and their guardians as well as people in general are being ignored.

The joint statement said no plausible reason could be found for the continuation of Dhar. The report further said the decision was taken at the instance of ministers Gautam Roy and Himanta Biswa Sarma which demanded cancellation of the extension of Dr Dhar and appointment of Dr Shilpi Rani Burman, a representative of the ST community and also a qualified person for the post. THE SENTINEL

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