Thursday, October 6, 2022

ASU urges govt to consider NIDA demand

Angami Students’ Union (ASU) has reiterated its appeal to the state government to reconsider its decision of re-employment of doctors and rather pay heed to the Nagaland In-Service Doctors Association (NIDA)’s demand of medical age superannuation.
In a press release, ASU president Bisevi Nakhro and vice president Kevilelhou Zumu said that following Prime Minister’s announcement, the Centre enhanced superannuation age of doctors and amended Fundamental Rules 1922, Rule 56, clause ‘bb’. The union stated that almost all the states/union territory had extended the age services of medical doctors according to their needs. ASU, therefore, said that the demand of NIDA be considered and put into effect without further delay.
Expressing concern over shortage of in-service medical doctors in the state, ASU said many primary health centres (PHCs), community health centres (CHCs), district hospitals and medical department wings continued to function with no requisite doctors.
Since there could be “no substitute to shortage of medical doctors”, the union said NPSC should immediately conduct exams for the already requisitioned medical doctor posts.
It further appealed to the state government for requisition of the resultant vacant medical posts to NPSC at the earliest for unemployed medical doctors.
Meanwhile, ASU said it expected that two medical colleges– one at Phriebagei (Kohima) and another one at Mon– were made functional as announced by the state government in the recently concluded state assembly.
The union stated that the long-cherished dream of having Nagaland’s first medical college functional remained a dream yet, but there also seemed to be “manmade factors” delaying the process.
ASU has, therefore, called upon the state government to come out clean on the issue of “fund exhaustion and turtle pace of the infrastructural development” and strengthen human resources to man the college.
ASU has also cautioned individual/group against publishing “misleading circulations” so as to avoid “unnecessary hiccup against timely commencement of the proposed academic session.”