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Big victory for PGI nurses

FINALLY, after more than a year?s struggle, SGPGI nurses have won a big deal from the institute?s Finance Committee. The SGPGI Finance Committee today agreed to meet their demand for cadre restructuring. The matter was pending with the PGI administration after the State Government gave its consent for cadre restructuring of nurses at PGI in October 2004. The PGI Nurses? Association had since then been agitating to get their demand fulfilled.

india Updated: Mar 05, 2006 01:39 IST

Finance Commission nod to cadre restructuring demand

FINALLY, after more than a year’s struggle, SGPGI nurses have won a big deal from the institute’s Finance Committee. The SGPGI Finance Committee today agreed to meet their demand for cadre restructuring. The matter was pending with the PGI administration after the State Government gave its consent for cadre restructuring of nurses at PGI in October 2004. The PGI Nurses’ Association had since then been agitating to get their demand fulfilled.

Nearly a dozen meetings had been held between the nurses, the State administration and the PGI authorities but it could not be implemented.

The matter would now be placed before the SGPGI governing body meeting on March 18 for final approval.

In December 2005, the PGI administration told the nurses that the matter would be taken up at the March 4 Finance Committee meeting.

Frustrated over the delay, the nurses had threatened to go on strike in case their demand was not met. They camped outside the meeting hall and waited till the decision was announced. Patron of the association Rekha Mishra said, “The decision is a result of our continuous fight. Had we not threatened strike, the matter would have been dumped once again.”

General secretary of the association Ritaza Singh said: “We would continue to pressurise the PGI administration for earliest implementation of the decision and closely monitor the proceedings of the GB meeting. More than hundred nurses would get promotion from the restructuring.’

President of the association Ajay Singh said that the proposed strike from Saturday night had been taken back.

Apart from the restructuring, the FC meeting also announced increment for lab attendants and supervisor drivers.

First Published: Mar 05, 2006 01:39 IST