RIMS non-teaching staff protest

Correspondent IMPHAL, May 30 | Publish Date: 5/30/2019 11:27:59 AM IST

Non-teaching staffs of Regional Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS), Imphal staged a sit-in-protest in front of the administrative block of the hospital on Thursday. The protest was staged under the aegis of the Non-Teaching Employees Welfare Association of RIMS.

The striking non-teaching staffs displayed placards that read; “Go back Dr A Shanta”, the director of RIMS. The striking employees of the hospital also demanded implementation of the children education allowance as recommended by the 7th Pay Commission and timely conduct of DPC for promotion of the non-teaching cadre of the institute.

Other demands included filling of the vacant post such as stenographer-III, LDC, Lab Assistance MSW, inclusion of cadre review of the non–teaching staffs as the main agenda in the executive council meeting and die-in harness appointment to the kin of the non-teaching staff.

Enhancement of the remuneration of the contract non-teaching staffs at par with that of RIPAN and uniformed allowance for Grade –IV staffs of the institute were also included in the demands.

Talking to reporters, general secretary Thiyam Babu of Non-Teaching Employees Welfare Association of RIMS said that the sit-in-protest was staged after the director failed to translate a verbal assurance given by the director three years ago into work.

The director had given the assurance responding to a memorandum submitted by the association on December 5, 2016, he reminded. Babu further blamed the director for not implementing another charter of demand of the association submitted on December 26, 2018 for release of staff salary on or before 5 of every month.

The non-teaching staffs will not roll back from their demand and will intensify the stir if the director fails to address the demands, the general secretary said.

The general secretary further blamed the director saying that he (director) was misleading the striking non-teaching staffs while reacting to a statement given by the director to a press conference which was held while the sit-in-protest staged by the non-teaching staffs was in progress.

“The director’s office has misled the demand of the non-teaching employees,” Babu said.

He said, issues that they put up were many and the director’s office made a statement only justify the delay in the recruitment of the multi-tasking staffs. 

 “It was only a part of the demand which we felt that the director’s office is trying to mislead the agitating staffs by mentioning only about the recruitment” he added. At the press conference held at the office of the director, deputy director Kaikam Dougel termed the demand of the non-teaching staffs as “not reasonable”, stating that there were certain procedural guidelines which need to be followed to the recruitment.

“Due to the enforcement of the election model code of conduct and a recent interim court order, holding of the recruitment of the 130 multi-tasking staff was being delayed”, the deputy director clarified. 


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