Re-employ guards on daily wages, say AIIMS docs

The Resident Doctors’ Association of AIIMS has recommended that security guards dismissed from work should be re-employed on daily wages.

“We told the labour commissioner that the guards should be taken on daily wages by AIIMS authorities if the contractor can’t accommodate them,” said a representative of the association. In the last two meetings at the labour commissioner’s office, the contractor, Prehari Protection Systems, had expressed inability to take back the guards.

Managing director of the firm, Kamaljit Singh, said the decision to retrench was taken by AIIMS authorities and hence, the company has no place to accommodate the 300 guards. Singh said the guards are indisciplined and it will be difficult to give them jobs elsewhere.

He alleged that his company has earned a bad name because of the current situation. The guards had gone on strike on December 17 due to non-payment of salaries for the last few months and allotment of wrong Provident Fund numbers. AIIMS authorities had discontinued their services, bypassing the contractor.

The guards claimed that they got only verbal communication and no written notice was served to them. “We have no place to go. Our hard work for the last three years will go in vain if we are not given Provident Fund,” said R P Singh, who was the guards’ supervisor.
The guards have also called a protest at Jantar Mantar on January 20, the day the labour commissioner’s office will sit for the next hearing.

The AIIMS administration is reluctant to appoint the guards as daily wagers, claiming that if they start asking for permanent status after a few years, the institute will not
be able to grant it and it may lead to legal troubles.

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