Doctors, nurses of Manipur’s JNIMS resign en masse

Correspondent IMPHAL, Apr 8 | Publish Date: 4/8/2021 1:08:59 PM IST

Striking doctors and nurses of Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Medical Sciences (JNIMS), Imphal, one of two medical institutes in Manipur resigned en masses on Thursday, seeking fulfilment of their demand –adoption of pay structures recommended by Central 7th Pay Commission.

According to Dr S Bikramaditya, general secretary of striking Teachers’ Association, JNIMS, a total of 190 doctors submitted their resignation papers to the director.

Members of the Trained Nurses Association of JNIMS have also tendered resignation en masse. The number of trained nurses who tendered the resignation could not be ascertained for the time being and members of striking All Non-Teaching Staffs, JNIMS were yet to follow suit.

The stern decision of the employees of the only state-run medical institution that put the healthcare services in the second biggest hospitals after RIMS was taken after no agreement arrived at a meeting with the government today (Thursday).

Employees of the biggest state-run hospital agitating under the joint aegis of the three associations of JNIMS- trained nurses association , teachers’ association and non teaching staff association demanded adoption of pay structures recommended by Central 7th Pay Commission which employees of the state government had already enjoyed years ago.

The striking employees had earlier threatened to resign en masse yesterday (Wednesday). However, it was deferred after a talk with chief minister N Biren Singh who is also the chairman of the JNIMS Society under which the institution functions.

Following an assurance from the chief minister to look into their demands, representatives of the three striking bodies engaged in another round of talk with representatives of the government led by principal secretary (health) today.

As no agreement could be arrived at in the talk, the doctors and nurses took the stern decision of tendering resignation from their job en masse.

After submitting the resignation letters, general secretary Dr S Bikramaditya of the striking Teachers’ Association, JNIMS said that they have no option but to tender resignation as the state government was not ready to fulfil their demands. 

During today’s talk, citing the state’s unsound financial condition, the state government offered to adopt the 7th ROP with effect from April 1, 2021, he said.

He further expressed strong resentment when the state government allegedly tried to divert the demand of the employees saying that the institution is run by an autonomous body (JNIMS Society) and not by the government directly and the society has no specific rule and regulation that its employees will be paid similar to state government’s employees.

The general secretary recalled a cabinet decision of the then O Ibobi-led government taken on January 20, 2009 and claimed that the cabinet approved regularizing employees of the institute with pay-scale similar to the Regional Institute of Medical Science (RIMS), the Centrally run medical institute. 

He said that the incumbent chief minister N Biren had attended the meeting as he was a cabinet minister of the then Congress government.

He further claimed that the employees had suspended a cease work strike around three months ago after the state government agreed to adopt the 7th ROP to the employees of JNIMS.

JNIMS Hospital has about 250 doctors and over 400 trained nurses.

Meanwhile, president of the striking Trained Nurses’ Association of JNIMS Th Memcha Devi hinted of normal hospital services affected in the hospital following the en masse resignation.

She said that even though the employees were on strike, hospital services were not affected till date, but the staff will suspend their services as they tendered resignation from their jobs.

Services at OPD, accident and trauma centre (emergency), surgeries and other healthcare services would be suspended by the doctors. 

The trained nurses would also stop attending patients, she added.


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