The Health Department officials of the Kochi Corporation have suspended a junior health officer for forging a birth certificate.
Disciplinary action was taken against the officer working with the Ernakulam Jan Sevana Kendram three months ago after it was alleged that the officer had forged health certificates of the Kochi Corporation. The suspension order came on the completion of the inquiry. The fraud came to light after a mismatch was detected in the certificate of a private party and the recordings in the register. Mercy, Health Inspector of Corporation, noticed the mismatch and informed this to the authorities who ordered an inquiry into the incident. The officer was transferred during the interrogation. The inquiry found that the officer had tampered with the online registers too.
“The dates and corresponding names in a certificate was found to have edited. The online tampering came into light while we were porting data into the Corporation website as part of the e-governance mission. As per the inquiry report, the junior inspector has been suspended,” said T K Ashraf, chairman, Health Standing Committee of Corporation.
Sources in the Health Department of the Corporation said a proper monitoring would reveal more such cases of forged certificates in the Corporation. “As visa rules have been made tight in western countries, especially in Arab nations, a more number of people approach officers requesting correction in birth certificates. In such a situation, some officers were ready to manipulate laws for vested interests,” said a source in the Health Department.