Other than the involvement in wrongdoings of the contractual staff at PGI, the PGI faculty has been complaining from time to time about the inefficiency of the staff which is hired through a private contractor.
Seven PGI contractual staff were arrested by the police recently, who were involved in an illegal ambulance racket at PGI.
Sources in the PGI administration confirmed to Chandigarh Newsline on Wednesday that they often receive complaints from department heads who ask for replacement of the contractual staff due to their inefficiency in work.
The doctors at the hospital also confirmed the development to Chandigarh Newsline. One of the doctors from PGI’s Advance Eye Centre said recently that the department has been sending several complaints to the administration asking for replacement of a clerk whose work was not satisfactory.
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“The department sent a letter to the PGI administration because the work was not upto the mark,” said the faculty member. He said that the clerk was then shifted to another department of the Institute.
Also, in one of the complaints accessed by Chandigarh Newsline, one of the PGI doctors informed the Institute’s deputy director of administration that a clerk posted in the department has been verbally informed about the dissatisfactory performance by him at service.
The doctors too demanded that the clerk should be removed from the department.
According to PGI doctors, there should be a proper system so that staff hired is efficient at work.
“Most of them are hired by PGI on recommendations. Some of them are then shifted to another place once a complaint is received,” said the doctor.
“At least there should be a proper screening test for the clerical staff. So that they can give their best performance during the work.”
PGI officials said that there are around 2,000 contractual staff. While clerks, stenographers and data entry operators have to undergo a selection test, the officials said there was no entry test for receptionists and MRTs.
According to sources, off-late, it has been observed that these contractual staff, whose complaints are received from a PGI faculty, are shifted to different places rather than completely removing them from their job.
Ashwani Munjal, general secretary, PGI Medical Technologists Association, said that such things happen because rules are violated by the PGI administration. “They are not trained properly and they are being chosen without any rules,” he said. One of the PGI employees union leaders said that a proper mechanism is required to maintain the efficiency of these workers.
When contacted, PGI spokeswoman Manju Wadwalkar said that the contractual staff doesn’t come directly under the PGI administration and are hired by contractors.