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A twist in Dr Ravindranath’s story, DC says doc didn’t report for work

In a new twist to the story of a government doctor who turned auto driver after he was denied a district-level posting, Ballari Deputy Commissioner SS Nakul has said that the officer was given a posting at Sedam taluk but did not report for work. Meanwhile, Dr MH Ravindranath has said he was demoted without any reason and hence challenged the order.

After the story of Dr. Ravindranath “Harassed by IAS officer’s misrule” and several other post went viral on social media, the Ballari DC responded on his Facebook page.

Ballari DC Nakul’s post reads: The above and similar posts have been circulating in facebook from yesterday and has come to my knowledge. There was an indication in some videos that the concerned Doctor Sri Ravindra belongs to Ballari district (and of course the action of suspension was before my arrival to the District). Therefore file was called for and after verification of records, the following factual position is being clarified as below:

1) A team led by Deputy Secretary, Zilla Panchayat and District Health Officer ( a doctor himself) had inquired into the allegations of wrongful tender processes etc against Dr Ravindranath and submitted a report stating that the allegations were prima-facie true. Based on same, the concerned doctor was suspended by Government on 06/06/2019 on several grounds, one of the being serious violation of procedures of tender above Rs 1 crore. The disciplinary action is a process standard in both Government and Private setup for taking action on lapses by any official.

2) On 09/12/2019, Sri Ravindra was reinstated pending inquiry to Taluka Hospital, Sedam and strictly as per information available, he has not reported to work there so far and we are not aware of any of his resignation as per records at district level.

In any case, the reason for above clarification is that, in Ballari district – All of us (Administrators, Doctors (both Govt and private), health personnel, municipal workers, revenue staff, education department personnel, police, gram panchayat staff, NGO’s etc) are working hard and as a team against Covid-19. The team despite huge odds has been able to deliver and give treatment to thousands of patient with great aplomb. I would like to reiterate that in no ambigious terms that Team Ballari stands as one and we will work towards public health and public good always. A tribute to that is a simple ‘job well done’ statement by Covid-19 treated patient in Ballari government Hospital as below:

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