Deadlock over 7th Pay: JNIMS employees reject chief secretary’s assurance
The general body meeting of Teachers' Association (TA), Trained Nurses Association (TNA) and Association for all Non-teaching staffs, JNIMS, Porompat resolved to form a Joint Action Committee (JAC) to pursue the demands.
The employees’ association of JNIMS rejected the chief secretary’s assurance of 7th Revision of Pay (ROP) with effect from April 1, 2020 as it was without notional effect, and held on to its demand of implementing the pay with notional effect from January 1, 2016.
The general body meeting of Teachers' Association (TA), Trained Nurses Association (TNA) and Association for all Non-teaching staffs, JNIMS, Porompat on Saturday at the lecture hall 2 of JNIMS resolved to form a Joint Action Committee (JAC) to pursue the demands. The meeting was chaired by Dr H Kulabidhu. The JAC is made of 13 members including one member secretary.
General secretary, TA, JNIMS Dr S Bikramaditya told the Imphal Free Press over the phone that the demands for the employees of JNIMS to implement the 7th ROP with notional effect from January 1, 2016 remains unchanged and firm.
He said the government had informed that the hospital authorities are not authorised to provide the 7th pay as its employees are under the umbrella of JNIMS Society. Drawing attention of the state government, he said if the hospital employees cannot receive the payments similar to that of the state employees, then the employees can be absorbed under the state government instead of keeping them under the umbrella of JNIMS society.
If the government has financial constraints, then it can mount pressure on the Central government to upgrade the hospital as a central medical institute, he said.
Bikramaditya said the medical students have been continually giving attention to in-ward patients including accident and trauma centre (emergency) but the outpatient department (OPD) has already become non-functional following the strike. The agitation for the employees will go on till the demands are fulfilled, he asserted.
As per sources, some of the in-ward patients have started shifting to other hospitals out of insecurity due to the prevailing situation at the hospital.
On Friday, chief secretary Rajesh Kumar had assured the agitating employees that the 7th ROP will be implemented with special consideration with effect from April 1, 2020. The chief secretary considered to give a special consideration to the JNIMS employees as they have been contributing many efforts during the COVID-19 pandemic, although the hospital comes under the umbrella of Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Medical Sciences Society.
Rajesh Kumar gave the assurance during a video conferencing meeting along with the representatives of the three employee’s associations including director, JNIMS and principal secretary (health) in his office chamber.