LAHORE - Health Department of City District Government Lahore has recruited normal and healthy persons against the vacant seats fixed for the disabled in violation of bylaws and service rules, The Nation has learnt on Sunday. In addition, Health Department allegedly recruited a number of persons in the absence of CDG House for which the department was not authorized. Further, the department also hired services of various retired officials on contract basis and posted them on some key posts of different departments without getting approval of the higher authorities. According to an office order No 816-DOH-II issued by District Officer Health II a man Muhammad Javed was enlisted as employee of the department against a vacant post fixed for disabled person despite having no disability and was posted in a CDG free dispensary situated in Shadbagh. Sources in the department said that the said employee was one of the blue-eyed of the authorities like other employees who were being recruited while throwing out merit policy in violation of service rules. The sources further informed that the Health Department had recruited more than 100 persons so far in violation of bylaws of City District Government and without getting prior approval of the authorities concerned. They said that on the recommendations of influential politicians and administrators of different UCs dozens of persons had been recruited free dispensaries and hospitals of CDG including Kot Khawaja Saeed Hospital and the Hospital situated at Out Fall Road. They further informed that more than two dozen of persons were recruited in Kot Khawaja Saeed Hospital only. In this regard, some applicants and candidates for the said jobs who were rejected without any reason despite fulfilling job qualification, complained alleging that the authorities of the department demanded Rs 30 thousand for awarding job and on not paying such amount, they were disqualified. On the other hand, some newly recruited employees of Kot Khawaja Saeed Hospital on the request of anonymity said that they paid Rs 30 thousand each for getting such jobs but they did not disclose the name to whom they paid. However, Executive District Officer Dr Fiaz Ahmad Ranjha claimed that all the employees were being recruited on merit and following the rules and regulations of CDG bylaws. He said that he made recruitments following the procedure and interviewed the candidates. However, he admitted that a number of persons were recruited as work charge employees with appointing some retired servants on contract basis as well.