Ranchi: In a state where the health minister announced an incentive to his “own men” for Covid duty, 350 doctors working at the state’s largest hospital — Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (Rims) — are not just waiting for their incentive but their regular salary also.
According to Rims figures, 180 junior residents, 150 interns along with 25 medical officers are still waiting for their incentive which is equivalent to one month’s salary. The junior doctors are also waiting for their regular salary for over two months and the interns for over three months.
The Rims’ Junior Doctors’ Association (JDA) on Wednesday gheraoed director Kameshwar Prasad. The delegation gave an ultimatum of 10 days to the management to clear the dues, failing which they would boycott work at the state’s lone tertiary care centre.
Talking to TOI, JDA president Dr Vikas Kumar said, “We have been making repeated requests to the management to clear our dues as those are pending for over a year now. But our requests are falling on deaf years. So we have decided to boycott work if it doesn’t get cleared within the next 10 days.”
The Rims management tried to pass the buck to the state health department saying it has not received the allocation under the non-plan head for this fiscal year from the state government. The department, in turn, said Rims sent the allocation proposal late to the department.
Rims accounts office Sarita Jarika said, “We haven’t received allocation from state for paying salary in this fiscal. We have been directed to pay the basic salary of April 2021 as incentive. However, as many have joined in July and August 2021, a decision is still pending with the state government.”
On why the state health department has failed to allocate money to Rims for payment of salaries, additional secretary at state health department, Alok Trivedi said: “Rims delayed submitting the proposal for allocation of money under the non-plan head and that is why salary has been help up.”





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