Anjaw DMO refutes allegation, pleads innocence
FROM OUR CORRESPODENT
ITAGAR, April 25: Refuting all allegations leveled against him, Anjaw DMO Dr Tayi Taloh, who, as of now is under suspension, has pleaded innocent stating that all the allegations are baseless and without any iota of truth.
In a clarification, the DMO countering the allegation of him unscrupulously spending the fund provided for medicines and medical equipments allotted by DC Anjaw under BADP asserted that since beginning the preparation of DPR, type of medicine/equipment to be procured with quantity and rate etc is always put in front of the DPO/DC for approval.
“The DC has approved all these files and there is nowhere in the file where it is mentioned that the DC has written “float a tender” instead of quotation. Moreover, tendering is always done by the DDO and this case the DPO under the direct supervision of the DC which makes it clear that the DMO is not all responsible for the lapses if any,” Dr Taloh said in a statement today.
“After board verification of the procured medicine/equipment, bills in triplicate are sent to DPO for passing the bills and making payments as he is the drawing and disbursing officer. So if the DMO is not the DDO and did not handle any money, how can he embezzle or siphon money as per his wants as alleged. If anyone is guilty here, then it is the DPO (i.e. DDO) and the DC, he added.
Dr Taloh also alleged that, the DC whose complaint was mainly about none tendering of BADP medicine, had order the DRCHO of the district who works directly under the DMO to execute the procurement works of 2015-16 BADP medicine disregarding all official norms.
Clarifying on another allegation wherein the DC had alleged him of not taking any administrative approval and expenditure sanction, the latter stated that all the records speak for itself.
“All the files were duly put up in front of the DC for administrative approval and all codal formalities were completed without a hitch. The records are available with met for perusal and scrutiny by any competent authority,” the DMO said showing all the details he had.
In terms of him found to be misusing government vehicle for his persol use at his home town for long period that was meant for IMR programme, Dr Taloh citing the wide spread flooding in the East Siang district when at the time when the vehicle was allotted to him clarified, “As roads were breached by floods at several places making vehicular movement was risky and sometimes dangerous at that time. So accordingly the vehicle allotted to me was kept at home for many days (maybe 15-20 days).
Dr Taloh also claimed that due to the uvailability of a driver (as the lone driver of the DMO’s office was on leaves) it was difficult to move the vehicle in such a short notice without the services of an experienced driver. He further went on to allege that even the DC himself and the Health Services additiol director Dr Hage Tabyo were as if now misusing the government vehicles.
“DC Nybin Ete has kept a vehicle (black SX4) of Anjaw district at his house in Itagar and Dr Tabyo too kept the tiol Ambulance Service (S) vehicle (Tavera) of Dibang Valley district for more than a year where his wife was posted,” alleged Dr Taloh.
Stating that due to the allegation leveled against him he and his family is going through severe mental and emotiol turmoil, the DMO stated that before taking any extreme measures, the administration should have given him a chance to give his clarification.
He further appealed the authority concerned to judge him based on actual evidence and not on hearsay ones. It is pertinent to mention here that the state government has placed Dr Tayi Taloh, DMO Anjaw under suspension to facilitate a fair enquiry in order to initiate formal discipliry action against him.
Dr Taloh was placed under suspension on the basis of written complaint received from Anjaw DC Nybin Ete and on the basis of prelimiry report submitted by Dr Hage Tabyo as enquiry officer.