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No passes, docs protest

delhi Updated: Sep 24, 2010 23:41 IST
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With barely a week left for the Games, nearly 45 per cent of the 1,882 health workers shortlisted to work at the various games venues are yet to get their accreditation from the Organising Committee.

Irked at the tardy and cumbersome process of obtaining the passes allowing them entry into the various Games venues, the health workers on Friday stormed out of the general meeting at Maulana Azad Medical College (MAMC).

"We were denied entry by the guard at the Games Village as we did not have an identity card. I submitted all my documents on June 30 but I haven't got it yet, said a doctor.

"The walk out was a result of some confusion. The health workers should have got their passes by now," said Kiran Walia, Delhi health minister.

Walia also met the Delhi government chief secretary Rakesh Mehta and OC members to apprise them of the situation.

"After the meeting, the chief secretary asked us to prepare lists of government employees and professionals (masseurs and physiotherapists) who are from other states. We have requested that the accreditation process be simplified for those from the government cadre," said Walia.

The members identified as part of the specialised medical workforce include 386 doctors, 262 nursing staff, 103 physiotherapists from the Indian Spinal Injuries Centre, Jamia University and Guru Ghasidas Vishwavidyalaya, 95 message therapists sourced from the Government of Kerala and 179 medical students as volunteers.

Walia is also worried about getting the accreditation for all the vehicles in time.

"Until yesterday, the security agencies wanted all vehicles to carry radio frequency tags, which we managed to get for 33 ambulances, but now they want all vehicles to have a new vehicular access pass," she said.