TAMIL NADU

New attendance system shelved



Staff Reporter

Stiff opposition from the staff of Government Rajaji Hospital

MADURAI: A move to introduce `Card Thumb Impression Attendance System' for the staff of Government Rajaji Hospital (GRH) here has been shelved following protests from various quarters.

"The new attendance system has been put on hold following the intervention of Health Minister, K.K.S.S.R. Ramachandran," S.M. Sivakumar, Dean (in-charge), GRH, said on Sunday.

Thumb registration and photograph sessions for this new system, which was mooted by the district administration, was scheduled to start on December 20 for civil surgeons, assistant professors and nurses. This has been deferred.

The district units of eight associations -- Tamil Nadu Government Doctors Association (TNGDA), Tamil Nadu Senior Civil Surgeons' Association, Tamil Nadu Government Nurses Association, Tamil Nadu Pharmacists Association, Tamil Nadu Health Ministerial Staff Association, Tamil Nadu Radiographers' Association, Tamil Nadu Lab Technicians' Association, Tamil Nadu Hospital Workers' Association -- had formed a federation with the TNGDA as the convenor to oppose the move.

The executive committee of the federation, consisting of office-bearers of all the associations, had voiced its concern over the introduction of the new system.

It had taken exception to this system being linked to payrolls. The federation had threatened to boycott such a system, as and when enforced.

Such a system was best suited only in factories or concerns where employees worked overtime, said a press release from the associations.

Thanking the Health Minister for his efforts, the general body meeting of the federation, held on Wednesday, assured him that the medical staff would discharge their duties with punctuality and sincerity.

It resolved to make the `Varumun Kappom Thittam' of the State Government a "grand success."

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