Despite court orders, Kamboj addresses Gian Sagar protest

August 08, 2018 10:47 PM

Punjab News Express
PATIALA: Congress legislator from Rajpura Hardial Singh Kamboj today addressed a protest rally of former employees of the Gian Sagar Medical College and Hospital who held a protest demonstration despite a Rajpura court order restraining them from holding any protest within a radius of 500 meters from the gates of the Gian Sagar Hospital.

The protesting employees raised slogans demanding that they be re-employed in the Gian Sagar Medical College and Hospital which had been closed down on April 5, 2017. They also alleged that many of the former staff members had not been paid their salary arrears till now.

However, the new management of the Gian Sagar Educational and Charitable Trust disputed the claim of the former employees that the management was not paying the outstanding dues.

Capt Amarjit Singh Jaijee, official spokesman of the Gian Sagar Hospital, said here today that the new management was under no obligation to pay the outstanding dues of the college staff, both teaching and paramedical. It was a gesture of goodwill that the new management had decided to pay the former staff dues till April 5, 2017, when the college and hospital were closed down.

He said that the new management had already cleared the dues of almost all the former employees including paramedical and other support staff. He said that the doctors and other administrative staff were being paid their salary arrears this month and the process of payment of salaries to the doctors had already been started.

Capt Jaijee said that Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh and Health and Medical Education Minister had recommended that the essentiality and NOC revoked earlier should be withdrawn with a view to ensuring that the people of the area got access to good healthcare facilities.

He said that the neither the hospital nor the medical college had started functioning yet and the new management was still taking stock of the situation.

Capt Jaijee said that the Punjab government had constituted a special investigation team to investigate the theft of costly equipment worth about Rs 60 crore from the hospital and the medical college during the period that the medical college and the hospital remained closed.

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