At Farewell, Director SKIMS faces ‘Tumbakhnari Protest’



Dr Showkat Zargar
Dr Showkat Zargar

It was a day of recollecting memories as Director SKIMS was being given a farewell party on Tuesday in the Institute campus. However, the emotional scenes were intermittently getting disturbed as non-gazetted staff resorted to “tumbakhnari protest”.

Director SKIMS, Dr Showkat Zargar, is attaining age of superannuation on June 3. On Tuesday, he a function was held in his honour by the faculty of the tertiary medical institute.

Reports and witnesses said that some sections of the non-gazetted staff of the institute held a demonstration by playing Kashmiri musical instrument as part of their “protest against the director”.

“During his stint as director,” a staffer said, “Dr Zargar was very harsh with non-gazetted employees.”

The reason behind todays’ protest, insiders said, “the director has negated all the demands of the employees.”

“The president of the union was transferred to SKIMS Bemina from Soura for his differences with director,” the staffer quoted an incident.

“Majority of the SKIMS employees are happy to see him off from the office,” they said. Director Dr Zargar’s stint is marred with controversies.

However, on one hand he may have been harsh to his staff, he is credited for his role in renovating the accident and emergency section of the Institute. “The services in the institute are comparatively better than four years ago,” Mushtaq Ahmad, an attendant with a patient told Kashmir Life.


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