Kerala

Nurses will stand united: UNA

Says allegations of financial irregularities baseless

The State general council of the United Nurses’ Association (UNA) has said the association will stand united to defeat the efforts by a section to destroy the unity of Malayali nurses.

A meeting of the council here on Wednesday discussed the allegations of financial irregularities raised against association president M. Jasminsha.

Sibi Mukesh, former member of the UNA, had sent a complaint to the State police alleging fraud of ₹3.5 crore under the leadership of Mr. Jasminsha.

‘‘The allegations are baseless. We have relevant documents to prove them wrong. We are ready to face any investigation,’’ the UNA leaders said.

“Many big players in the private sector and some organisations are afraid of the increasing strength of the UNA. The UNA is facing such protests from the beginning itself. The number of enemies increased when the UNA was elected to power structures such as the Kerala Nurses and Midwives Council. The current allegation is the result of a malicious campaign of these opponents,” the meeting observed.

The meeting decided to face the Crime Branch investigation ordered by the State government. The meeting reviewed the accounts of the organisation from 2017 against the backdrop of the current controversy. The meeting also scrutinised the related documents.

The accounts of the organisation, as approved by the State committee, will be uploaded on the website for social auditing.

“Collection of membership fee and its utilisation are internal matters of the organisation as a trade union. Such issues have been discussed in the organisation’s State secretariat and State committee meetings. Those who were part of the meetings are making such allegations now. They are trying to create confusion among the members,” the meeting observed.

Mr. Jasminsha presided over the meeting.

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