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RIMS to break agency monopoly - Cleaning Drive Started

Ranchi, July 21: Having learnt a lesson from the ongoing strike by cleaning staff over wage issue, the governing body of Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) today decided to hire sweepers from two or more agencies to check the monopoly of a single union.

Meanwhile, the hospital today hired daily wage earners to clean up the premises.

Over 175 contractual labourers have been on a strike at RIMS since Saturday, demanding a hike in their wages from Rs 92 to Rs 124 per day. But the contractor, under whom they are working at RIMS, is not ready to pay more than Rs 99 in a day.

In the absence of sweepers, biomedical waste continued to pile up at all the wards, making it difficult for patients to stay at the hospital.

In another development, the RIMS authorities sanctioned posts of several paramedical staff and nurses, besides setting up a five-member committee to regularise the services of nurses working on a contractual basis, as well as operation theatre staff.

The governing body also decided to set up a committee for the appointment of a new director. The tenure of the present director, N.N. Aggarwal, will expire on August 15.

A governing body member, Ghanshyam Das, confirmed the news but refused to furnish further details.Source:telegraphindia.com

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