Jammu, Mar 19: The Jammu and Kashmir government has terminated the services of a doctor for posting an “anti-government” comment on Facebook.
Dr Amit Kumar, the registrar of Government Medical College, Jammu, had defied a government order that bars its employees from posting anti-government content on social media.
On March 10, Health and Medical Education Minister Bali Bhagat said on Facebook that he had inaugurated a new lift at the hospital. Kumar commented on the minister’s Facebook post, saying it was not a new lift.
In an order dated March 15, the college administration said it had removed the doctor as he had “used his personal social media account and commented with the intent of provoking readers”.
Kumar refuted the allegations and said that he had only pointed out that the minister had inaugurated an old lift.
Bhagat, however, said that Kumar has been terminated from registrarship, but will continue to be a medical officer. The doctor said the order has now blocked his chances of applying for a teaching job.
Meanwhile resident Doctors Association, GMC Jammu have extended support to the doctor.
The doctors however, said that Dr Amit’s sacking is unacceptable as his comments were in no way meant to provoke readers or to target college administration or Government.
They said that Dr Amit had submitted a letter of unconditional apology in minister’s office which was considered unsatisfactory while warning should have been issued to him before issuing a termination letter.
“If the order is not revoked in next 48 hours (till Mar 21), we will be forced to express our resentment in a phased manner by suspending OPD services, routine surgical procedures in main OT, routine college academic activities i.e. Lectures .clinical classes and from March 24, all emergency services will be stopped, they warned.