Sun. Mar 3rd, 2024

Chandigarh-The Punjab Vigilance Bureau (VB), throughout its vigorous marketing campaign towards corruption within the state, has unearthed a giant rip-off within the Punjab State Pharmacy Council (PSPC) and apprehended two former Registrars and one Superintendent for his or her involvement in committing extreme irregularities associated to the registration and issuance of certificates to Pharmacists, allegedly in collaboration with privately owned pharmacy establishments.

Disclosing this right here as we speak a spokesperson of the state VB mentioned, the arrested people are Parveen Kumar Bhardwaj, Dr. Tejbir Singh (each former Registrars), and Ashok Kumar Accountant (presently Superintendent), following their implication in a vigilance enquiry no. 04/2019.

He added that Parveen Kumar Bhardwaj served as Registrar of PSPC on numerous events from 2001 to 2009 and from 24.12.2013 to 25.3.2015, whereas Dr. Tejbir Singh held the place from 23.8.2013 to 24.12.2013. Ashok Kumar, Accountant, was additionally concerned, in response to the findings of the vigilance enquiry.

He additional knowledgeable that the investigation revealed essential oversights within the verification course of throughout the registration of Pharmacists. Investigations led to the invention of quite a few faux D-Pharmacy certificates throughout routine inspections. It grew to become evident that stringent protocols and mandated instructional {qualifications} had been disregarded by the accused Registrars and officers throughout the admission course of for D-Pharmacy programs throughout 105 pharmacy schools within the Punjab.

The Punjab State Technical Education Board, liable for conducting on-line counseling for admissions in state authorities schools, encountered persistent vacancies in non-public establishments. To fill these seats, non-public schools allegedly admitted college students from different states in connivance with the mentioned Registrars and officers of PSPC with out acquiring obligatory migration certificates, accepting important bribes from unsuspecting candidates. Moreover, a number of college students gained admission to the D-pharmacy course by possessing the requisite 10+2 instructional {qualifications} in medical or non-medical streams privately whereas it needs to be handed frequently and by attending science sensible.

The spokesperson knowledgeable that throughout the probe it has got here to gentle that the officers and staff of the Punjab State Pharmacy Council (PSPC) collaborated with privately owned pharmacy schools, permitting admissions with out obligatory migration certificates and with out verifying the ten+2 certificates, all in trade for substantial bribes. Furthermore, discrepancies emerged concerning the approval and registration technique of certificates issued by schooling boards accredited by the Council of Boards of School Education in India (COBSE). The PSPC officers, in collusion with principals and organizers of personal schools, facilitated the registration of candidates from these boards, permitting them to safe employment in numerous departments and set up medical retailers on the premise of such faux certificates.

Revealing extra he additional added that accused Parveen Kumar Bhardwaj’s companies had been terminated on 31.3.2011 for malpractice associated to faux admissions, counterfeit certificates, report manipulation, and omission from the dispatch register. However, he was later reappointed as Registrar on 24.12.2013, albeit canceled on account of a High Court writ petition on 25.3.2015.

He additional added that verification course of carried out by the Director, Medical Education and Research (DRME), and Medical Colleges in Amritsar, Faridkot, and Patiala uncovered substantial irregularities in admissions and PSPC’s registration procedures. Reports from Amritsar and Faridkot revealed fraudulent practices in admissions and registration on the PSPC.

He additional knowledgeable that the investigation uncovered faux certificates of 143 college students between 2005 and 2022. These college students accomplished their D-Pharmacy diplomas in non-public schools, leveraging their connections with officers of the Punjab Technical Education Board.

Despite a number of letters from 2016 to 2023 requesting remarks on verification reviews, the PSPC didn’t furnish mandatory remarks on quite a few events, highlighting the pending nature of the inquiry. Additionally, the function of Government Medical College Patiala in verifying reviews for sure districts stays unclear because of the absence of supplied lists.
Out of complete 3078 verifications, the PSPC supplied remarks for under 453 pharmacists with out specifying the character of the recognized fraudulent paperwork.
Moreover, discrepancies emerged concerning college students who obtained D-Pharmacy certificates after finishing their diplomas from the Punjab State Technical Education Board and personal schools regardless of pursuing 10+2 from out-of-state schooling boards, indicating potential malpractices in verification and registration by the PSPC.

He added that the involvement of Dr. Abhininder Singh Thind, Dr. Tejbir Singh, and Parveen Kumar Bhardwaj throughout their tenures as Registrars led to the issuance of quite a few faux pharmacy certificates, doubtlessly compromising public well being and security.

Five zones submitted verification reviews to the DRME, highlighting irregularities. However, other than Faridkot, the reviews lacked clear judgments concerning these anomalies, with the PSPC report nonetheless pending.

A letter from the Pharmacy Council of India (PCI), New Delhi, emphasised the need of scrutinizing every utility for pharmacist registration, together with the verification of instructional credentials and compliance with statutory circumstances beneath the Pharmacy Act 1948 however the PSPC Registrars and officers omitted these obligatory circumstances. Additionally, it was found that Parveen Kumar Bhardwaj allegedly signed two pharmacy certificates for college students from the Himachal State Pharmacy Council regardless of not holding the place of Registrar at the moment.

In gentle of those findings, a case FIR 17 dated 8.12.23 has been registered at VB police station EOW Ludhiana beneath sections 420, 465, 466, 468, 471, 120-B of IPC. The VB investigation would additional scrutinize the roles of different officers, staff, and clerks of PSPC, together with people related to non-public schools, he added.

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