Imphal, May 31,
The ongoing crisis at Regional Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) between the Non Teaching Employee Welfare Association and the Director is deepening after the association today announced to stop all short of working at the Institute except the emergency section after police team disburse a peaceful protest staged by them in front of the Director’s office around morning today.
“We condemn the Director for calling the police team to destruct the peaceful protest, and now we are left with no choice, but to intensify the protest”, Th. Babu, Secretary of the Non Teaching Employees Welfare Association of RIMS said.
“ From today except for the emergency section we will shut down all functioning of the RIMS”, Babu announced to the press after convening an emergency meeting at the Mini Auditorium of RIMS after the police team disburse them.
The RIMS nurse association also joined the protest showing solidarity to the Non Teaching staffs’ agitation.
The Non teaching staffs’ body said that there will be no turning back to the agitation until the Director RIMS is being replaced as the Director himself has refused to meet them despite repeated request.
Report said that the Non Teaching Employee Welfare Association has been demonstrating peaceful demonstration demanding to fulfil their charter of demands submitted to the Director since yesterday in front of the Director’s office. Today is the second day of the demonstration. However, the non teaching staffs were uproared after a team of police came and drive them away from the protest site even after knowing that it was a peaceful protest. The irate agitator then convened an emergency meeting and took decision to shut down all activities of the institution except for the emergency services.
Meanwhile, Director RIMS Prof. A Shanta said that he will not tolerate any kind of protest in the hospital.
“It is more important to provide medical care to the patient rather than listening to the strike”, the Director said.
The Director said that no strike of the kind initiated by the non teaching body should be supported.
“Even you people are supporting the agitation”, the angry director said turning his eyes to the reporters who were taking interview to him. He further warns that he will do things as per the law.