On March 31, a doctor named Nidhi Uniyal offered her acquiescence from the post of Associate Professor at the Government Doon Medical College in Dehradun in the wake of denouncing the Uttarakhand Health Secretary IAS Pankaj Pandey for his oppressive way of behaving.
In a letter to the State Secretary, Uttarkhand Chief Minister and the Health Minister, Uniyal informed that she was moved from Dehradun to the Soban Singh Jeena Government Medical and Sciences school in the Almora region on Pandey’s requests.
The letter soon went viral on social media with several users praising the doctor for her act and seeking justice for her.
The former Associate Professor narrated, “I was asked to attend ailing wife of Mr Pankaj Pandey, IAS and Secretary Health, Government of Uttarakhand, at her residence. With due regard to the health secretary, I visited his residence with two of my hospital staff, leaving my running OPD and kept several patients on waiting in the hospital.”
That’s what Dr Nidhi Uniyal related even though she inspected the patient with due diligence, there was a slight bother caused because of the deferral in the appearance of the blood pressure gear, which had got left in the vehicle. She asserted that the spouse of the IAS official then, at that point, turned to loudly mishandling her, post which she got back.
“…Wife of Mr Pandey resorted to usage of unpleasantry words demeaning to my profession and conduct. To which I objected, felt bad and came back. Upon my return, I was asked to tender an apology to Mr Pandey’s wife. 5. As I am not at fault, I refused to tender an apology,” she informed.
The episode didn’t conclude, nevertheless it further escalated as the doctor was transferred to another medical college at Almora.
The infuriated doctor has demanded action against the IAS officer.
“This is kind of toxic and I am a qualified and trained doctor from India’s premier medical colleges. Given this harassment at the behest of Secretary Health, I hereby resign from my post of Associate Professor with a plea that an action must be initiated against the concerned Secretary,” wrote Dr Nidhi Uniyal in her letter.
While speaking about the matter to the press, Health Secretary IAS Pankaj Pandey dismissed claims of ‘vengeance’ in the transfer of Dr Nidhi Uniyal. He said that the position of Associate Professor at the Soban Singh Jeena Government Medical and Sciences College in Almora had been lying vacant for some time. He dubbed the transfer as a ‘routine administrative affair.’