The Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences and Research (PGIMER) has now decided to fill all posts on contract basis.
In its August 11 edition, Hindustan Times in a report Ignoring rules, PGI on spree to hire doctors on ad hoc basis had highlighted that the institute was flouting rules in filling the posts of assistant professors by filling them on an ad hoc basis, while rules permitted hiring only on contract.
On August 14 (Wednesday), the PGIMER issued a revised advertisement for the same posts making two significant changes. The advertisement now stated that the posts will be filled on contract basis instead of ad-hoc basis and the interview has been postponed to August 23 from August 16.
The interviews are to be held for the departments of pediatrics and gastroenterology.
“These posts shall now be filled up on contract basis on a consolidated salary of Rs 1 lakh per month.
The term and conditions for the contract appointment are available on the website,” the revised advertisement states.
In its August 11 report, HT had highlighted that the institute was going in for ad hoc hiring, even as due to the extra financial and legal liabilities pertaining to ad hoc doctors, the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) has issued standing instructions that medical institutions must go for contractual hiring, in case there is a need for temporary staff.
Significantly, ad hoc faculty and doctors are entitled to all kind of allowances and perks on the lines of the regular staff.
They are even entitled to attend international medical conferences on government expenses and often take the legal route for regularisation of their services.
However, contractual doctors can be paid salaries in lump sum.