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Wednesday, 29 July 2020

Nursing teachers not paid for five months

Parveen Arora

Tribune News Service

Karnal, July 28

Teachers of Government General Nursing Midwifery School in Karnal have not been paid salaries for the past five months.

A source said the teachers were struggling to get their dues due to lack of coordination between the Directorate Health Services and the Directorate of Medical Education and Research (DMER).

In 2017, the government had ordered to transfer all government nursing schools under the DMER, and the process was completed by the end of 2019. However, the details of teachers were yet to be updated by the DMER. In its defence, the Health Department has claimed to have sent the details of teachers and schools to the DMER on several occasions, said the source.

Besides, another cause of worry for the teachers is that at present, the school has no building of its own. Earlier, the building of both school and hostel was taken over by Kalpana Chawla Government Medical College (KCGMC) for the construction of residences of the director and faculty members in 2017. Later, the school was run from a ward of the Civil Hospital. But, again in March, the school authorities were asked to vacate the ward for the development of a Covid ward, which has not been developed till date.

“We have not received our salaries for the last five months. We have been shifted to the DMER, but our data has not been updated,” said Parveen Kumar, principal of the school.

Dr Piyush Sharma, Principal Medical Officer, said: “The school authorities were asked to vacate the ward to increase the number of beds in the Civil Hospital amid the Covid crisis. Even, KCGMC’s patients were treated here.”

from The Tribune

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