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Sarangi dares Rims with post promise -- Staff to be absorbed

Ranchi, Sept. 19: The health department sowed the seeds of another controversy with minister Dinesh Sarangi announcing that doctors and paramedical staff of the erstwhile Rajendra Medical College and Hospital (RMCH) would be absorbed in Rims.

Sarangis announcement came at the installation ceremony of the newly-formed Jharkhand unit of Indian Medical Association (IMA).

The governing body of Rims had earlier told the high court that doctors and paramedical staff working in the institute were not employees as they had not been absorbed yet.

But the ministers statement could put the government on a collision course with Rims as its governing body, headed by the chief secretary, has always maintained that there would be fresh appointments in the institution, contrary to the states wishes.

Sarangis statement is also significant in the backdrop of speculation that the government is preparing the ground for clipping the wings of the governing body.

The government is aware of the shortage of teachers at Rims. We are committed to fill up the posts of doctors in Rims by absorbing the RMCH doctors, Sarangi said.

The Rims Medical Teachers Association promptly responded and welcomed it as the right move.

Vice-president Arun Kumar Sharma said the association would paralyse work at Rims if the governing body goes ahead with its decision to make fresh recruitment. Jharkhand High Court has already stayed the previous order in the matter of retirement of doctors of Rims.

The matter was put up in court when five doctors of the institution Madhup Lal, Ranganath Singh, Chandra Bhushan Sinha, Manoramam Bihari and Bimal Kumar Sahay had filed a case challenging their age of retirement.

Except Sahay, the other four doctors were due to retire on June 30 when they turned 58 as per the rules of the state government.

The doctors refused to accept their retirement because they claimed that they were under the authority of Rims and not the state. The doctors had earlier pleaded that they would prefer to join Rims during the changeover.

According to the rules, the doctors should have been absorbed within a year. But as the institution failed to do so, the onus lies on it to absorb the doctors, the petitioners had said.

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