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IN PROTEST: Doctors of the Karnataka Institute of Medical Sciences staging a demonstration in Hubli on Friday.
IN PROTEST: Doctors of the Karnataka Institute of Medical Sciences staging a demonstration in Hubli on Friday.

Staff Correspondent

KIMS director agrees to implement revised pay scale

HUBLI: Several doctors of the Karnataka Institute of Medical Sciences (KIMS) staged a demonstration here on Friday in protest against what they termed as sudden transfer of three doctors and also the delay in implementing the revised pay scale.

Staging the protest under the aegis of the KIMS Teachers’ Association, the doctors said that as they were the employees of an autonomous institute (KIMS), it was against law to transfer them.

They said as per the Societies Act under which KIMS was established, it was illegal to transfer doctors working in the institute. If there was a dire need, then those doctors who were deputed from other government departments should be transferred, they said.

Association president Devaraj Raichur and honorary secretary Gajanan H. Nayak and other doctors told presspersons that the sudden transfer of doctors to other medical colleges would affect KIMS, which was facing shortage of teaching staff.

They said last year also the State Government had transferred doctors from KIMS to new government medical colleges in the State one after the other ultimately resulting in the transfer of 22 doctors. Consequently, the doctors were forced to take the path of agitation in the interest of the institute. This year, the Government had again resorted to a similar step, they said. They said although a revised pay scale was approved for the teaching staff of KIMS on May 19, 2007 and an additional grant of Rs. 5 crore was released for the purpose, they were yet to be paid the revised salaries. The doctors waited for almost an hour before they were invited to the chamber of the Director of KIMS Mallikarjun Desai for discussion, which went on for almost two hours. Speaking to The Hindu, Dr. Desai said the revised pay scales would be implemented immediately and that KIMS doctors would get the revised pay for the last two months.

However, the arrears would be paid to them based on the availability of funds, he clarified.

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