JNIMS doctors to continue stir, demand postponement of DPC

IMPHAL,9th Aug: In continuation of the protests in denunciation of excluding serving senior residents in the recruitment of Assistant professors for JNIMS Dental College on August 6, the senior doctors have demanded creation of posts and resolving matters related to pension schemes. According to sources, the doctors are planning to undergo agitation if their demands are not addressed during the 26th Governing Council meeting of the institute, which is due on Friday.

Regarding the matter, a senior resident conveyed to this daily that posts should be created to give promotions to regular senior residents, tutors and demonstrators of the institute in various departments. However, DPC is being conducted to recruit new assistant professors for some departments, which is unacceptable to the senior doctors.

As such, JNIMS Teachers’ Association called an emergency general body meeting on August 7, wherein 8 resolutions were adopted. The resolutions include post creation in various departments to promote regular senior residents, tutors and demonstrators of the institute to assistant professors; postponement of the ongoing DPC for recruitment of assistant professors; finalisation of time scale promotion schemes; finalisation of pension scheme (both old and new pension scheme); amendment of JNIMS Service Rules and Regulations 2015 and absorption of non-regular senior citizens who have completed their designated timeline.

The Association also decided to put forth the resolutions during the 26th Governing Council meeting and to decide on future course of action after ascertaining the response of the Governing Council. The senior resident further said that in continuation of the mass casual leave protest undertaken by senior residents on August 6, doctors are presently executing their duties wearing black badges.

He maintained that the absence of any internal candidates in the recruitment of 17 assistant professors for Dental College JNIMS is a clear-cut act of nepotism, favouritism and corruption. As per JNIMS Service rules, 2015, if any doctor or staff were employees of state government and joined JNIMS before December 31, 2004, MCS (Pension) Rule 1977 and GPF(CS) Rule 1960 is to be applied. JNIMS Finance Committee has recommended this as well. Thus, JNIMS employees must be given pension opportunities in accordance with the rules.

However, if the old pension scheme is not applicable, then the 70 doctors of Manipur Health Services who have been working at JNIMS must be allowed to hold posts befitting their experiences. Furthermore, to avert repetition of de-recognition by the MCI tribunal after its inspection of the institute last time, the doctors have been demanding that JNIMS, which operates under a society, be made a fully functional state medical college. If the aforementioned demands are not addressed properly by the governing council, the doctors would be taking a definite stand, the resident doctor conveyed.

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