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Health ministry directs PGI to issue warning to Dr A K Gupta

Chandigarh: The union health ministry has directed the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) to issue a “warning” to its Medical Superintendent Dr Anil Kumar Gupta for “disobeyed the ministry orders” and taking leave without permission.

In 2014, Dr Gupta went to Nepal on a World Health Organisation (WHO) assignment for three months. At that time then Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan had expressed “surprise”, during a PGIMER governing body meeting, about Dr Gupta taking leave without permission.

Dr Gupta was charge-sheeted last year by the PGI administration. Soon after he submitted his reply, the PGI sent the file to the health ministry to take a final call on the decision. According to the health ministry’s decision, Dr Gupta will have to pay one-third of his fees that he charged from the WHO, reports Indian Express.

According to Dr Gupta, he had travelled to Nepal after taking permission of the PGI director, who was the “competent authority”.

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