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Mnp govt – JNIMS employees reach agreement; duties resume in hospital

Mnp govt – JNIMS employees reach agreement; duties resume in hospital
File photo of JNIMS Imphal.
Correspondent IMPHAL, Apr 11 | Publish Date: 4/11/2021 1:26:37 PM IST
Agitating employees of the only state-run medical college called off their strike over 7th ROP (Revised of Pay) demand after a memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed with the state government today upon reaching an agreement , on Sunday afternoon.
The doctors and nurses withdrew resignation letters they had submitted en masse three days ago and resumed normal duties with immediate effect, bringing  a sigh of relief to the patients of the hospital.
In the MoU, the state government agreed to implement the 7th Pay Commission in JNIMS with notional effect from April 1, 2016 as a special case with actual implementation from April 1, 2021. 
The three associations have been pressing the state government to start the actual implementation from April 1, 2020 with notional effect from April 1, 2016 even as the state government offered to start the implementation from April 1, 2021 without notional effect.
The two sides broke their respective stands during a meeting today at chief minister’s level. JNIMS is an autonomous body run by JNIMS Society with the state chief minister as chairman.
The MoU was signed after the meeting thoroughly deliberated on the demands of the employees.
The state government agreed to fulfil the demands of the employees considering the special duties performed by the doctors, nurses and other staff of JNIMS, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.
In the MoU, it was stated that “This rare exception is made only in the wake of duties performed in tackling COVID-19 pandemic requiring extra hours of work and uninterrupted services, often at risk to personal life.”
This may not be cited as a precedent by other autonomous bodies, societies, PSUs (Public Sector Undertakings) under the state government. 
The state government also agreed to consider the request of the Trained Nurses Association (TNA) for adoption of MACP (Modified Assured Career Progression) and uniform allowance on priority.
Following the agreement, the Teachers Association JNIMS, Trained Nurses Association and All Non-Teaching Staffs (AANTS) agreed to call off the protests with immediate effect, as per the MoU.
Earlier in the day, state chief N Biren Singh who spoke to reporters on the sideline of Tika Utsav launching function at JNIMS hospital campus denied that healthcare services in the state-run hospital were affected because of the employees’ strike.
He said that the doctors and nurses of the hospital continued their services even during the strike and submission of resignation letters en masse three days ago (on April 8).
 

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