Final decision soon: Official
The government has constituted a high level committee to decide the fate of hundreds of employees working on academic arrangement in the associated hospitals of Government Medical College Srinagar.
The appointments of nearly 800 employees like laboratory assistants, x-ray technicians, theatre assistants, anesthesia assistants, nurses, pharmacists and others were made on temporary basis in 2011 for six years under SRO-384 without regularization policy.
They had to be terminated after six years until filling of permanent posts at their places, but they continued their services. Neither they were terminated nor had the medical college released their salary after uninterrupted service beyond six years.
An employee said they had then approached High Court that had given directions for release of their salary beyond six years. Their salary is being released after they continued their services.
The incumbents working on these posts in the six associated hospitals of GMC Srinagar feel job insecurity and accuse the government of failing to frame a policy for their regularization.
A paramedic working on academic arrangement at GB Pant Children hospital said they have been working with zeal and zest and at par with regular employees of the medical college.
“We were at the frontlines during 2014 floods and 2016 unrest. The government is not serious to secure our future. We took this issue with the health department many times,” he said.
The employees claim that they are backbone of the major tertiary care hospitals. They allege that they had been “exploited” over the years and are uncertain about their career.
Though, the authorities at GMC Srinagar have recommended their regularization and communicated the same to the health department.
An official in the Health and Medical Education Department said they have constituted a committee which is headed by Commissioner Secretary Finance, KK Mehta. In the past one month the committee has held two meetings to decide the fate of the employees.
Financial Commissioner, HM&E department Atal Dulloo said they are collecting data of academic arrangement employees from the medical colleges across Jammu and Kashmir.
“We have not taken any decision in this regard yet,” he said. Earlier, he had stated that they have no regularization provision for the employees.
A senior official in the Finance department said they would soon take a decision in regard.