Senior BJP leader and Jalandhar Central MLA Manoranjan Kalia on Saturday appealed to chief minister Parkash Singh Badal and union minister of state for health and family welfare Santosh Chaudhary to find an amicable and quick solution for the crisis prevailing at the Punjab Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS) here.
After meeting a group of parents and students at his house, Kalia said, "It is unfortunate and sad. The foundation stone for the institute was laid at the time when I was minister for medical education and research. In 2005 also, I had written to then chief minister Capt Amarinder Singh to develop the institute as the satellite to All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Delhi."
He said, "The state government can also develop the institute as a branch of the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh. Here the undergraduate classes can be run. The main thing is to make the institute a success which we conceived for the people of the region."
Kalia assured the parents that he would take time from the chief minister for a meeting and would also accompany them. "We will not let the institute die. Almost all major cities of the state have a medical college. Jalandhar, which is the hub of NRIs, has the only medical college and charitable hospital in the name of PIMS, which is being ruined due to the internal management conflicts. The CM and the union health minister, who also represents the region, should come forward for the interests of the Doaba people," said Kalia.
Brar sits on dharna
District Congress president (rural) Jagbir Brar on Saturday joined the PIMS agitating employees sitting outside the main gate of the PIMS along with his supporters and raised slogans against the state government and the PIMS management.
He said, "The common man can hardly afford treatment at private hospitals. With the start of the hospital, a hope was created for the poor people of the region. The management has miserably failed to keep up the hopes. Strikes and demonstrations have become synonymous with the PIMS. This is unfortunate and the government should intervene immediately."
The paramedical staff and non-teaching staff, carrying placards appealing the government to save the PIMS, started another day with dharna which continued till afternoon.
For the past 26 days, doctors and paramedical staff are on strike due to non-payment of salaries by the management for the past few months.
Govt postpones meeting to Jan 10
Jalandhar: After being assured by the PIMS Medical Education and Charitable Society that they would clear all salary dues by January 7, the emergency meeting of the governing body of the PIMS under the chairmanship of chief minister Parkash Singh Badal to be held in Chandigarh on Saturday was postponed to January 10.
Announcing this here, a spokesperson of the CM's office said the governing body of the PIMS had expressed a serious concern over the recent developments, including the non-payment of salaries to faculty members and other staff, besides the severe inconvenience caused to patients and the disruption of classes for the students.
The PIMS management assured them that the process of salary disbursement to all categories of employees would be completed on January 7 and the college and hospital would resume their functioning soon.
The governing body, in the interest of students, faculty and staff besides the overall development of the institute took note of the assurance given by the PIMS society to resolve all outstanding issues and decided to re-convene the governing body meeting, the spokesperson added.