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Monday, December 11 2023

Employees barge into NIMHANS director’s office

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Bengaluru: Employees of the nation’s leading mental health institute- National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences (NIMHANS) made the headlines yet again, bringing to fore the internal problems within the management, as a a section of employees barged into the office of the in-charge director P. Satish Chandra, on Wednesday morning, expressing dissatisfaction with their pay.

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It has been reported that the nursing and support staff wanted their pay scale to be on par with recommendations of the 6{+t}{+h}pay scale commission, pushed for long-pending promotions and demanded that authorities not target those who are part of the employees’ association.

For nearly one hour, they argued with the director. Members of the joint action committee, which represents four unions, handed over a letter to the director. In the letter, they alleged that Dr. Chandra has been ignoring their requests. They also alleged that they have not been treated “humanely” by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and the institute.

They further said that there was a divide between employees and faculty members, and said that many employees were subjected to harassment.

The joint action committee also alleged that Dr. Chandra was going ahead with a sub-speciality block despite opposition from the employees’ association.

Dr. Chandra rubbished all the allegations and said that all the issues of the faculty were before the government and the institute would communicate in writing about the demands of the employees. He rubbished allegations of discrimination and said that the institute had taken several initiatives, such as free medical benefits and check up for employees above 40 years.

The institute has been in turmoil since July after N. Pradhan, who took over as in-charge director took some controversial decisions during his month-long tenure. Although he had the support of the nursing and support staff, he was at loggerheads with faculty members as he had changed three HoDs, terminated the services of consultants and also relieved Registrar V. Ravi of his post. Another move that had led to widespread protests was him saying that Dr. Chandra could not continue as faculty member. He later retracted following protests by faculty members.

Later in the evening, Dr. Chandra met the protesting staff and promised to look into their demands. He has also apprised the Union ministry of the developments.

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