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Aswini Pujahari resigns as VIMSAR director

Sambalpur: Remaining in the eye of storm for last few months, Director of Veer Surendra Sai Institute of Medical Sciences and Research (VIMSAR), Dr Aswini Kumar Pujahari today resigned from his position citing government muteness towards his show-cause reply.

He tendered his resignation letter to the Governor of Odisha and copied to the chief minister and other concerned authorities.

“I had no other alternative than to resign from the post. I had replied the show-cause notice of government, but didn’t receive any acknowledgement from the government. I am a workaholic person. I don’t feel good if I don’t work 13-14 hours a day. I have never gone on leave for such a long time”, Pujahari said.

Asked, whether he would join active politics, he didn’t rule out the possibilities.” I have not though about that. I will think later about politics and will take a call”, he added.

The Junior doctors association had locked horn with the director many times over his strict disciplined activities. The doctors association had staged agitation demanding his removal many times.

Pujahari landed in controversy for his alleged unethical clinical practices like salt theraphy, tabla theraphy. The State government had sent him on leave and conducted a probe. He was asked to reply a show cause.

Pujahari replied the notice but didn’t get any acknowledge. Even he had requested the government to dispose the case. But, he didn’t receive any communication from the government.

The junior doctors were on cease-work agitation since November 17 demanding removal of Dr Pujahari for conducting experimental surgeries on poor and destitute patients without consent and approval of the ethics committee. Dr Pujahari had reportedly admitted before the probe committee that he had used the salt as hypertonic saline which contained low sodium. Earlier, Dr Pujahari had withdrawn himself from surgical practice at VIMSAR.

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