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Docs vent ire over report

- Row over women panel stand in Pradhan case

Bhubaneswar, Nov. 10: The Odisha government doctors today expressed their resentment over the recommendation of the State Commission for Women, which probed into the death of ayurvedic physician Madhabilata Pradhan.

Thirty-four-year-old Pradhan went missing since October 12. A fortnight later, it was revealed that the government railway police had found her body on the railway tracks near Malatipatpur railway station near Puri on the day she was reported missing.

In its report submitted to the government yesterday, the commission had claimed that Pradhan had committed suicide on October 12 because of mental trauma. The report also recommended departmental proceedings and action against Puri chief district medical officer name (CDMO) Gyanendra Sahu for “illegal transfer” of the deceased doctor.

In a way, the commission’s report gave credence to the Opposition’s allegation that the ayurvedic doctor had taken the drastic step out of mental trauma caused by her transfer.

“The CDMO has not followed the guidelines of the government, the order of the collector and the suggestion of the health minister,” commission chairperson Jyoti Panigrahi observed in her report.

Unhappy over the findings of the commission, Odisha Medical Service Association’s (OMSA) Puri district unit vice-president Ramchandra Rout said: “The commission has examined only one aspect — the transfer of the deceased doctor. It should have examined all angles before submitting the report.”

The members of the Puri unit of the OMSA today discussed the commission’s report. They were of the view that the commission’s report might influence the case pending before the high court and the ongoing probe by the Crime Branch.

OMSA president Madhusudan Mishra said the association would consider its future course of action after examining the Puri unit’s views and the commission’s report.

According to the report, the Puri CDMO had sent a proposal to the district collector to transfer Pradhan from Rebana Nuagaon Community Health Centre to Kanas.

However, the Puri district collector had directed the CDMO to ask for her consent. But, the CDMO had allegedly passed the transfer order without consulting Pradhan. The guidelines of the health department were also not followed in the transfer. “Hence, the transfer order is illegal,” said the report.

Sahu, however, defended his action. “I have done nothing illegal. I have followed all the legal procedures,” he said.