Agitating doctors and nurses of Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Medical Sciences (JNIMS), Imphal, submitted their resignations en masse, following a failed talk with the state government on Thursday.
Employees of the only state-run medical college are agitating demanding implementation of 7th Revision of Pay (ROP) which the state government had already agreed as claimed by the former. They launched the agitations under the aegis of Teachers Association, the Association for All Non-Teaching Staffs and the Trained Nurses Association of JNIMS.
Earlier, the agitating employees planned to tender resignation en masse on Wednesday. However, it was deferred after a talk at the level of the chief minister, who is also the chairman of the JNIMS Society under which the college is functioning. Furthering the talk, leaders of the three agitating associations held a meeting with representatives of the state government led by principal secretary (Health) in the office chamber of the latter. The meeting, which the JNIMS director also attended, failed to arrive at an amicable solution.
Sources said that against the demand of the employees to implement the 7th ROP notionally from April 1, 2019, with cash payment of the revised pay from April 1, 2020, the state government decided to start implementing the 7th ROP from April 1, 2021.
Following the failed talk, members of the Teachers Association and Trained Nurses Association of JNIMS submitted their mass resignation on Thursday. However, there was no report of non-teaching staff tendering mass resignation till the time of filing this report.
A total of 190 doctors who also served as teaching staff of the institution tendered their resignation to the JNIMS director which was followed by the nurses.
After submitting the resignation letter, general secretary of Teachers’ Association, JNIMS, Dr S Bikramaditya said that the employees of the hospital have no other option but to tender their resignations. He also stated that the state government turned down their demands saying that the medical college is run under JNIMS Society and the society has no rule to provide pay to its employees similar to that of employees of the state government.
A total of around 250 doctors and over 400 trained nurses are employed in JNIMS apart from hundreds of non-teaching staff.
The mass resignation by the doctors and nurses would hit the normal healthcare services.