LAHORE With the consent of the executive district officer and the district officer (health), two unqualified and illiterate midwives, an X-Rays attendant and a laboratory attendant have been appointed as receptionists-cum-clerks, in-charge of 'One Window Operation of the CDGLs Health Department and in-charge of computer section respectively, insiders informed The Nation. They further said that the laboratory attendant was appointed on the recommendation of District Officer (Health II) Dr Shabeer Ahmad. They added that other blue-eyed officials had been appointed on these lucrative posts with the consent of Executive District Officer (Health) Omer Khan Baloch without getting approval of Commissioner Lahore Division Nadeem Hussan Asif and District Coordination Officer Ahad Cheema. They further said that neither had these employees of the health department the required educational qualifications for the posts nor had they any diploma or experience of computer. It may be mention here that the DCO earlier had direct charge of the One Window Operation last year. At that time, former DCO Sajjad Bhutta sealed the Operation and suspended all the staffers of the section on account of misappropriations and for issuing dozens of fake birth certificates and on uncountable public complaints against the officials, they added. Moreover, over a dozen peons, office boys and naib qasids are serving in the office and homes of the DO, EDO and some other senior officials and they also are playing role of 'spies in the departmental affairs on behalf of their bosses, they alleged. The insiders said that recently-appointed in-charge of One Window Operation, Humayun, was working in scale II and earlier he was performing his duties in the department as office boy. They were of the view that an in-charge must be qualified and literate with vast experience and at least had matric qualification because public dealing was not possible for an illiterate person. The officials of Health Department alleged on the condition of anonymity that all such officials including Humayun, computer section in-charge Ahsan, both the receptionists one namely Junazia, naib qasids and peons Naeem, Allah Ditta, Saleem, Abdul Wahid, Manzoor and others in fact were being hired and appointed in scale II for free dispensaries. However, they added they had been hired because of personal liking of the DO and personal connections with influential officers and political persons in section in the same scale. They further alleged that such officials now have complete control over all the affairs of the section including issuance of computerised birth and death certificates. For issuance of each new computerised birth certificate, they are charging Rs 2,000 despite the fact they are not authorised to issue new computerised birth certificates, they said. They are authorised only to charge Rs 100 for issuance of copy of birth certificate according to the available record of birth certificates in the section; they said, adding that the practice was going unchecked by the authorities concerned. Due to lack of experience and required educational qualifications, they are not capable of public dealing and they are not only misguiding the applicants but also plundering them through overcharging, the officials concluded. When this scribe tried to contact the DO (Health), he was not available for his version.