HYDERABAD: Controversial and corrupt Deputy Medical Officer B Palavan Kumar has been expelled from Circles 8 and 9 of GHMC Charminar area and repatriated to his home department – the Directorate of Public Health and Family Welfare.
AMOH, against which there have been several complaints and allegations as well as vigilance investigations, is currently on the run.
According to officials, Palavan Kumar’s actions have caused serious damage to the reputation of GHMC and his continued absence has also had a negative effect on the maintenance of health and sanitation works in Circles 8 and 9.
He allegedly took money from several poor people with the promise of providing them with jobs as sanitation workers on an outsourcing basis. In fact, many of his victims have also filed charges against him for taking money and failing to provide jobs as promised.
Departmental investigations also revealed that he was involved in issuing false birth and death certificates and that he collected large sums of money from the population.
When he was AMOH, the sanitation work in Circles 8 and 9 was neglected because he had different priorities. Following investigations, GHMC repatriated him to the Directorate of Public Health and Family Welfare in Hyderabad with immediate effect. According to the orders issued by the GHMC Commissioner, DS Lokesh Kumar, the officer is deemed relieved of the GHMC.
After his repatriation, the GHMC carried out partial modifications. Md. Irshad Iqbal, AMOH of Circle 7 (Santoshnagar), will continue as AMOH in charge of Circle 8 (Chandryangutta) and Circle 9 (Charminar) until further notice.
S Prashanth, Deputy Executive Engineer (SWM) of Circle 8 is in charge of sanitation related activities in Circle 8 while the relevant Deputy Municipal Commissioner and Deputy Registrar of Births and Deaths, Circle 9 will be the Registrar in charge of Circle 9 until further orders from higher authorities.