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HindustanTimes Sat,27 Dec 2014

PIMS management fails to keep promise of paying salaries by Dec 20, strike continues

Sanjeev Bhalla , Hindustan Times  Jalandhar, December 21, 2013
First Published: 22:36 IST(21/12/2013) | Last Updated: 22:37 IST(21/12/2013)

The agitation of doctors, faculty members, non-teaching, nursing and paramedical staff of Punjab Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS) continued on Saturday also.

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The students of second year of MBBS also joined the agitating doctors after abstaining from undertaking their tests.

The agitating employees were earlier assured by PIMS director Jaspal Dhesi during his visit that their one month salary would be deposited in the bank accounts by December 20, but the management has failed to keep the promise.

Doctors at PIMS are not being paid salaries since July and the agitation of doctors on Saturday entered Day 11. All the OPDs remained non-operational due to the agitation.

The agitators have decided to hold a protest march on Monday from PIMS to the deputy commissioner's office, and doctors have reportedly asked all the students to come in uniforms wearing identity cards to be the part of the rally.

Parents of students have also been invited to be the part of the rally.

On Saturday, no student presented himself for the tests and preferred to join the agitating doctors. Even parents of students also joined them and raised slogans against the management.

The agitating staff also flayed the PIMS management for forcing them to mark attendance on plain papers.
"This is sheer harassment. They have taken all the original attendance registers in their custody and we are told to mark our attendance on plain papers. It appears that they want to show us absent from duty," a computer operator said.

Students also rued the PIMS apathy to resolve their issues. "It appears to us that we have made blunder of our life by taking admission here. We thought it is a prestigious government institute and we would be provided with best of the infrastructure and facilities but here everything is otherwise. The management failed to provide proper infrastructure due to which MCI did not allow admissions this year," a student said.

"Our children are under stress as their career had been put at stake. The state government cannot act like a mute spectator," said a parent. No one from the PIMS management side was available for comments.

The PIMS Medical and Education Charitable Society, which is led by rural development and panchayats minister Surjit Singh Rakhra, and to whom the institute was handed over on a 99-year lease, had shown helplessness in managing the affairs and sought the state government's permission to hand over the hospital to Fortis for making it operational.

Chief minister Parkash Singh Badal had also indicated during his visit to the city that the government is planning to hand it over to some private party and the decision could be taken in coming days.

On Thursday, Shiromani Akali Dal MLA from Jalandhar cantonment Pargat Singh, who met the agitators to show solidarity with them, had also threatened to join the agitation if the PIMS management failed to clear the pending salaries within a week.

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