Ghaziabad: Docs, staff of Santosh medical college stage protest for non payment of salary
Hundreds of doctors, medical staff members and students of Santosh University’s hospitals at the old bus stand and Pratap Vihar in Ghaziabad staged a protest outside the district collectorate on Monday over non-payment of salary.
Santosh University runs two teaching hospitals — a medical college and a dental college — which have approximately 4,000 doctors, faculty members and other staff members.
Doctors and staffers shouted slogans and waved placards against the varsity’s management alleging that they have not been paid for the past six months. The staff have boycotted work, forcing the university to close the college; its hospitals, too, have no doctors to attend to patients.
Talking to Hindustan Times, Dr Shalabh Gupta, professor and head of surgery, said, “We have not received our salaries for the past six months. After waiting for months, we stopped teaching and attending to patients on October 12. We would have continued working for several months more, but the management has failed to address our issues; the problem is growing out of proportion.”
Detailing the irregularities seen in salaries, Dr Gupta said though the varsity management deducted income tax at source the staff have been getting notices from the IT department.
“A similar situation persists with our provident fund contribution. The varsity management deducts EPF, but it has not been credited to our accounts,” he said.
“These issues have been pending for a long time. So we have stopped taking classes,” said Dr Geeta Gupta, a faculty member.
“The emergency unit of the hospital has remained closed since October 12. Earlier, we were protesting on the campuses but now we have been forced to take to the roads. We urge the district administration to help us,” said Dr Atish Anand, a post-graduate student.
A large contingent of police from the Sihani Gate and Kavi Nagar police stations was deployed along with district administration officials.
“We held a meeting with the protesters and have communicated their problems to the district magistrate,” said Atul Kumar, subdivisional magistrate.
Dr VP Gupta, registrar of Santosh University, accepted that there has been a delay in giving salary of some.
“The university has had some financial constraints because not all seats in the college could get filled, nearly one-third seats have been lying vacant this year. We expect that these problems are temporary and that they will be resolved in November,” he said.
However, Gupta said allegations that salaries have not been paid for the last six months are incorrect. “Some people have been paid till May, some till July; we have credited salaries till August and have told our staff members that all dues
will be cleared by November 1,” he said.
Meanwhile, the district administration has asked the university to submit documents detailing its revenue.