NEW DELHI: The Delhi authorities on Monday requested municipal firms to contemplate handing over their hospitals to it if they’re unable to pay salaries and dues to docs, paramedics and different employees who’ve threatened to go on strike. Urban growth minister Satyendar Jain mentioned the state of affairs, because of the menace of the strike, has pressured the federal government to shift Covid-19 sufferers from the North Delhi Municipal Corporation-run Hindu Rao hospital to Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Narayan (LNJP) hospital.
Jain directed the extra chief secretary (city growth) to take up the problem with commissioners of the three municipal firms, dominated by the BJP.
In a letter to commissioners of north, south and east Delhi municipal firms, the extra director (native our bodies) of the Urban Development Department mentioned, “If MCDs are unable to pay salaries and facing difficulty in running their hospitals, they may consider handing over their hospitals to Delhi government to avoid any further anguish to medical, paramedical and other staff and inconveniences to patients and their relatives as well as citizens of Delhi during the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.”
He mentioned the municipal firms ought to expeditiously clear all funds of salaries, wages and different dues to docs, paramedical and different employees of their hospitals and submit a report back to the Urban Development minister.
“Unability to pay the salaries and other dues in time has led to a situation where proper treatment to Covid-19 patients is not being given and Covid-19 patients are forced to shift from Hindu Rao hospital to Lok Nayak hospital for continued medical care,” reads the letter.
The letter additionally mentioned that underneath suggestions of fifth Delhi Finance Commission, the primary and second installments of fundamental tax assignments by the Urban Development Department and grant in assist by Health and Education departments have already been launched to the firms by the Delhi authorities for 2020-21.
BJP leaders on the three municipal firms have been accusing the Delhi authorities of “paralysing” their functioning by holding their monetary dues underneath numerous heads.
Jain, in his letter to the extra chief secretary (city growth), mentioned It has been dropped at his discover that medical, paramedical and different employees of Hindu Rao hospital, Kasturba hospital and different hospitals of municipal firms haven’t been paid salaries, wages and different dues for months.
“Resident doctors’ associations of these hospitals have threatened to go on strike if their dues are not cleared on time and MCD failed to meet the deadlines for paying them on time.”
The state of affairs has led to “inconvenience and improper treatment” to COVID-19 sufferers and has pressured the Delhi authorities to shift coronavirus sufferers from Hindu Rao hospital to LNJP for continued medical care, Jain mentioned.
“It is evident that municipal corporations are finding difficulty in proper running and management of their hospital which has led anguish among doctors, paramedical and other staff, and inconvenience to patients, their relatives amid the Covid-19 pandemic,” he mentioned.
Jain requested the official for an “appropriate direction” to all three MCD commissioners for funds of salaries and different dues on time or hand over the hospitals to the Delhi authorities. He has additionally sought an motion taken report on the matter.