SHILLONG, June 08: The family of Gurnam Singh who is a permanent employee of the District Medical and Health Officer (DM&HO), East Khasi Hills (EKH) district, which was transported from Guwahati to Shillong in a government owned ambulance, was in duress according to a clarification issued by the DMHO on Friday.
It may be noted here that a section of the media had reported how Singh’s family was transported from Guwahati to Shillong which had resulted in wide condemnation of what at that time was seen as a misuse of government services.
Clarifying on this on Friday, the DM&HO said that Singh’s family was returning to Shillong from Punjab via Guwahati where no commercial transport operators were willing to ferry them to Shillong in light of the tension between the residents of Sweepers’ Colony and the majority Khasi tribals here.
Singh who works as a peon cum messenger at the office of the DM&HO had recently returned from Chennai where he had undergone medical check – up for diabetes, hyper – tension and Idiopathic Vertigo.
“Having run out of resources, he ultimately called up Dr. Manoj R Basaiawmoit, the Senior – most Medical Officer in the district below the DM&HO asking for help,” the clarification of the DM&HO read.
It also informed that after consultations between Dr. Basaiawmoit, his colleagues and the DM&HO, it was unanimously decided to send an ambulance with an official driver and helper to pick up Singh and his family since the latter was not keeping well and had run out of money.
It was also said that all this was done at the level of the DM&HO without any information to the DHS (MI) at any point of time.
As per the DM&HO, the ASP of Police Reserve, Shillong was also informed about the ambulance with a request to extend the occupants all necessary aid.