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Regular jobs for nurses

Ranchi, Aug. 7: The cabinet today approved a proposal to regularise services of 367 grade-A nurses working on a contractual basis with Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences, Ranchi, fulfilling their long-pending demand while raising hopes for other temporary health workers who have been seeking permanent jobs for years.

Also, the cabinet announced to fill up the RIMS’ remaining 149 sanctioned posts of grade-A nurses through direct recruitment.

“We are grateful to the minister for this historic decision that has lit up our lives,” Ramrekha Rai, the president of RIMS Contractual Nurses’ Association, said.

In another move aimed at boosting delivery of healthcare services, the cabinet agreed to pay non-private practice allowance to government doctors. A doctor is likely to get 25 per cent of his basic pay towards the allowance under the move, which also paves the way for effecting a ban on private practice by government doctors.

While appreciating the health minister’s move, the medical fraternity said the amount announced was not enough. “An assured career growth plan was our main demand. Further, the announced allowance is not in tune with that being given by the Centre and the central public sector undertakings,” Indian Medical Association (Ranchi chapter) president J.K. Mitra said.

A one-man judicial panel headed by Jharkhand High Court Retired Justice Vikramaditya Prasad has been formed to probe alleged charges of omission and commission against former vice-chancellor of Birsa Agriculture University M.P. Singh.

The state cabinet decided to release local area development funds for MLAs for the current fiscal.

This apart, the cabinet also doubled the conveyance allowance for deaf and dumb government employees.

Other decisions include sanctioning 2.31 acres in Haldipokhar near Jamshedpur for Indian Oil Corporation Limited and allocating Rs 20.26 crore for widening the road linking New Market on Ratu Road with HEC gate in Ranchi.


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