Doctors at the Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) are on the warpath after the government reportedly denies them dynamic assured career promotion (ACP) and other retirement benefits.
On Wednesday, the doctors wore black badges. A signature campaign was also launched in which 100 doctors signed. Prabhat Kumar, secretary, Jharkhand Medical Teachers' Association, said the protest would continue for two more days after which they would decide their strategy. If the health department doesn't solve the issue, they will meet the chief minister Arjun Munda. If the matter remains unsolved even then, the doctors will go to court as the last resort, he said.
"If the government fails to give us our due benefits, we will not be able to avail post-retirement benefits of pension and gratuity. Since 2011, we have been meeting health minister Hemlal Murmu and principal secretary (health) K Vidyasagar, only to get assurances. We were recruited by the Bihar government when the state wasn't formed. When Jharkhand was carved out, we thought that we would automatically become the doctors of the Jharkhand government," said Kumar.
Kumar also said till date they did not receive the dynamic ACP which had been implemented in other states. "The dynamic ACP is to be received as per the 6th Pay Commission but the RIMS doctors have not received it unlike other government doctors in the state. We have approached the health minister and the principal secretary many times but received only assurances since 2011."
The RIMS was formed in 2002 and three years later it started recruitment. In 2003 and 2005, the doctors were asked to opt either to work as doctors employed by the government or by the RIMS. As majority of them opted for the RIMS, they were absorbed on the condition that they would avail all government benefits, Kumar said. A list of these doctors was sent by the RIMS director to the health department in 2005 and the department approved it in 2008. At present, there are 130 doctors employed by the RIMS.
Vidyasagar said, "These doctors are absorbed by the RIMS and not employed by the government. But we will try to look into their demands whether they are legally right or not." source-articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com