RIMS stir ends on CM’s assurance

IMPHAL, 24th MARCH: The agitation launched by RIMS employees under the aegis of three organisations of the medical institute in denunciation of absence of a director has been suspended after chief minister N Biren assured to initiate relevant measures for the appointment of a regular director.

           RIMS medical superintendent Prof Ch Arunkumar told newspersons at his office chamber on Friday evening that the post of director has been lying vacant since February 28. Noting that institute employees affiliated to RIMS’ Teachers and Medical Officers’ Association, Nurses’ Association and Non-Teaching Employees’ Welfare Association staged sit-in demonstration on March 23 to demand appointment of a regular director in addition to announcing other forms of agitation, he regretted that the stir has affected service to the public.

        Expressing elation that the hospital will be able to cater to the needs of the patients following the suspension of the stir, Dr Arunkumar informed that earlier in the day representatives of the three associations and himself called on the chief minister to air their grievances.

          Besides assuring that all possible measures would be taken to appoint the director at the earliest, chief minister N Biren also confided that he would leave for Delhi on Saturday to highlight the issue to the Prime Minister as well as the Union minister of health and family welfare, the medical superintendent conveyed.

         Subsequent to the CM urging the employees to end the agitation in public interest and pledging to ensure appointment of a regular director, the association representatives agreed to dispense their respective duty, Dr Arunkumar maintained, adding that doctors and other staffers will resume service with effect from Saturday.

            It is said that members of International Peace and Social Advancement also called on the chief minister on the same issue. Mention may be made that the post of RIMS director has been lying vacant since retirement of three directors in-charge, the latest being Dr Chongtham Arunkumar of Orthopaedic Department.

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