The Manipur health department has suspended two senior doctors of a government hospital in Moreh for failing to report for duty to prevent COVID-19 pandemic.
The development comes close on the heels of the order issued by the home department on Thursday, in taking stricter measures to effectively implement nationwide lockdown, citing instances of continued violation.
The suspended doctors have been identified as Dr Bharat Singh specialist (Bio-chemistry) and Dr Ph Angkhong Rongmei (specialist surgery).
In the suspension order, deputy secretary (Health and Family Welfare), Soiminlen Lengen, said that disciplinary proceedings against the two doctors have been contemplated for “absenteeism” and “dereliction” of duty.
The doctors were suspended with immediate effect on Thursday under sub-rule (1) of Rule 10 of the central civil services (Classification and Appeal) Rules, 1965. They have been ordered to remain at their respective headquarter (Moreh) and not to leave without obtaining permission from the government.
The department also directed the DDO and sub-treasury officer, Moreh, to stop payment of salary to them with immediate effect and subsistence allowance shall not be processed until they report at Moreh.
Dr Sasheekumar Mangang, spokesperson of health department, said that Dr Bharat Singh and Dr Ph. Angkhong Rongmei were assigned at the Integrated Check post (ICP), at the Moreh border town. It is learned that they (suspended doctors) were posted at the ICP since the beginning of the COVID-19 outbreak. However, the doctors failed to report for duty, he informed.
The state has set up two Isolation wards at Moreh Hospital and ICP for COVID-19 patients.
The order issued by the Home department said all violators of orders and instructions issued by the competent authority will be prosecuted and punished under either the Disaster Management Act, (DMA) 2005 or any other relevant Act as deemed appropriate. In addition, companies or individuals refusing requisition made will also be punished under section 57 of the DMA, it said.
The order also said all persons spreading false warning will also be prosecuted and punished under section 54 of the Act.
The home department also authorised all the deputy commissioners, additional deputy commissioners, sub-divisional officers, incidents commanders and all police officers of the rank of sub-inspector and above, to act on behalf of the state under section 60(a) of the Act.