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Medical college staff agitate for salary

Nurses and other staff members of Government Medical College, Ernakulam,agitate outside the administrative section of the Medical College on Fridaydemanding their salary for the month of June. Photo: Vipin Chandran

Nurses and other staff members of Government Medical College, Ernakulam,agitate outside the administrative section of the Medical College on Fridaydemanding their salary for the month of June. Photo: Vipin Chandran  

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The nurses and the staff at the Government Medical College in Ernakulam conducted an agitation on Friday over delayed salary.

The staff, who were hoping that the salary for the month of June would be credited on Friday, gheraoed Special Officer for the Medical College Dr. Junaid Rahman in the heat of the moment when their salary failed to land in their accounts by noon.

However, the salaries were credited late in the afternoon, by 3 p.m.

The agitated nurses and staff again cornered Dr. Junaid Rahman demanding an explanation on why their dearness allowance was not credited with the salary.

State budget

The doctors and the staff at the medical college were earlier stumped when the supplementary to the State budget presented in the Assembly on Wednesday provided just a token amount of Rs. 1,000 for the college. However, the new medical colleges in Thiruvananthapuram and Palakkad have been budgeted Rs. 25 crore and Rs. 10 crore.

Health Minister V. S. Sivakumar told The Hindu the token budget provision was only to create a Head of Account for the Ernakulam medical college, while the funds earmarked for other colleges were for construction purpose.

Health Secretary K. Ellangovan had said the Health Department sought Rs. 92 crore for the medical college through the supplementary funding.

However, the Finance Department had indicated that funds will be pushed through “re-appropriation and additional authorisation,” said Dr. Ellangovan.

It is also learnt that another meeting is coming up next Monday to finalise staff integration.

The Government had in December last year announced the takeover of the college from Cooperative Academy of Professional Education (CAPE), but a part of the process is over. The government had asked CAPE to pay the salaries till May after which a loan of Rs. 5 crore was arranged from Kerala Medical Services Corporation Ltd. to pay salaries for June and July.

Though the college authorities had been saying for the last two days that fund was transferred to CAPE, the delay in disbursing it had angered the staff.

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