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RIMS to resume non-practicing allowance (NPA)

The governing body of the RajendraInstitute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) on Wednesday decided to resume non-practicing allowance (NPA), which was stopped since June last year, to the doctors working at the state-run hospital.

RIMS director Tulsi Mahto said some new departments like nephrology and gastroenterology should be set up separately for which the detailed project report (DPR) was to be sent to the health department with the details of the number of professors in the departments. "The governing body also recommended creating 320 posts to be set up for doctors in line with the Medical Council of India requirements in which the final call will be taken by the health department. All the development work going on the premises should be completed as soon as possible," he added.

Asked from when the NPA would be resumed, the director did not specify any time but merely said "as soon as possible".

The meeting was held amid protests by the RIMS-appointed doctors, RIMS teachers' association, the employees' organization and the contract nurses. The doctors were demanding implementation of the RIMS service rules as soon as possible. "It has been 10 years since the RIMS had been formed but the service rules have not been formed yet. If the rules are being framed, it will be easier for doctors to function in a proper manner," said Ashok Kumar Sharma, secretary, RIMS Employed Doctors and Teachers Association.

Secretary of the Jharkhand Medical Teachers' Association Prabhat Kumar said they had submitted their demands to the governor's adviser K Vijay Kumar and other officials in the health department. "We are demanding promotion benefits, dynamic assured career promotion (ACP) benefits like their counterparts in other states and we should be recognized as government employees so that we get the post-retirement benefits," said Kumar.

Karamchari Sangh president Ram Dhan Ram said some of their demands included extension of medical facilities to their family members, upgrading the workers to Grade III and filling up of many vacant posts. The contract nurses demanded that their salary be at par with permanent nurses.

Director Mahto said various demands put up by the doctors and the contract nurses would be looked into by the administration. source-timesofindia.indiatimes.com

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