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Central team carrot for RIMS nurses

- Ceasework ends, strike off for a month

Imphal, June 17: Nurses of Regional Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS), Imphal, today ended their six-day ceasework, suspended the strike for a month and resumed work this evening.

Majority of the 480 nurses of the institute under the banner of RIMS Nurses Association stopped work from 10am of Thursday against the promotion of a Scheduled Caste nurse to assistant nursing superintendent.

The director promoted six nurses, including one Scheduled Caste candidate, to assistant nursing superintendent in February.

The association charged that the promotion of the Scheduled Caste candidate was out of turn while the director of the institute, S. Sekharjit Singh, maintained that the promotion was according to reservation norms. Scheduled Caste, Scheduled Tribe nurses and nurses on contract and probation did not join the strike.

The nurses agreed to resume work during a meeting with the director today. They agreed to end the strike after the director told them that a team of the Union health ministry would be coming to Imphal to examine if anything wrong was done in promoting the Scheduled Caste candidate as alleged by the striking nurses.

The director also promised the strikers to keep in abeyance the promotion of all the six candidates for one month, pending the review by the central team.

The strike affected healthcare services severely in the institute, forcing the director to suspend seven striking leaders. However, even the suspension had little effect on the striking nurses.

After the nurses agreed to resume work, the director assured the nurses that no action would be taken to victimise the strikers, including those suspended. He said he would “sympathetically review” the order suspending the seven strikers.

Today’s development came after the doctors of the institute gave an ultimatum to the RIMS administration and the nurses to arrive at an agreement to end the strike or face suspension of work by the doctors.

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