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Contract staff to be regularised

india Updated: Feb 03, 2007 20:46 IST

THE GOVERNMENT has decided to abolish the word ‘contractual’ from its dictionary and not just in health. Contractual appointments in all departments will eventually be regularised, Health Minister Ajay Vishnoi said here on Friday.

“Earlier, there was a lack of political will and there were many financial constraints. But now, we have decided to change all this looking at the future requirements. After regularisation of the teachers and demonstrators at the medical colleges, nurses on contract would also be regularised in coming months,” Vishnoi said while speaking at a felicitation ceremony organised for him by Medical College Contractual Demonstrators’ Association at the MGM Medical College auditorium.

“Once a person on contract is regularised, his confidence and his involvement in work increases. We have decided to go ahead with regularisation of staff not just in allopathic stream, but also in Ayurvedic, Homoeopathic and Unani streams,” Vishnoi said.

Efforts are on to bring back all professors who retired before the age of 65 and could not be included in the new scheme wherein the retirement age for teachers has been increased from 62 to 65, he said. MGM Medical College has as many as 34 contractual teachers as of today who can be promoted straight to the post of associate professor by way of departmental promotions committee, he said.

The government will also try to woo teachers who left after the 2000 law about non-practicing allowances, the Health Minister added. Stating that today there was no restriction on expenditure on health and that the overall financial position of the State had improved with proper management, Vishnoi said, “In Congress days, they spent more on non-constructive work while we are spending more on constructive work.”

He also announced that substantial provision was being made in the coming budget for health, which would increase the plan outlay by at least two to three times. “This amount will be spent on strengthening the basic health facilities and also the medical education wing of the government. After all, medical education is the factory that provides manpower to successfully run health facilities,” Vishnoi, who looks after both health and medical education under the Ministry, said.

Earlier, MGM Medical College Dean Dr M K Saraswat thanked the Health Minister for regularising contractual teachers and increasing retirement age of teachers and demanded one post each of professor, associate professor and assistant professors, as there was no neuro-physician in the college.

He also demanded a post of cardio-thoracic surgeon. Member of Parliament Sumitra Mahajan appreciated Vishnoi’s approach towards improving health facilities in the State and mentioned about his special attention to MGM Medical College and MY Hospital.

Mayor Uma Shashi Sharma and MLA Laxman Singh Gaud also spoke on the occasion. Dr Manju Shah-Soni and Dr Gargi Ghose presented an idol of Maa Saraswati to the Minister. Dr Apoorva Pauranik conducted the programme and Dr V S Pal proposed the vote of thanks.