GAF opposes alleged proposed mass transfer of TRSH staff

ITANAGAR, Apr 5: the Green Arunachal Foundation (GAF) on Thursday expressed strong reservations over the alleged decision of the state government and the TRIHMS authorities to transfer out 487 employees of the Tomo Riba State Hospital (TRSH) once the letter of permission (LoP) is issued to the TRIHMS.
Expressing support to the concern raised by the AAPSU and the CoSAAP in this regard, the GAF claimed in a press release that the staff, ‘including doctors, nurses, lab assistants and Class 3 and 4 employees, who are state government servants, are being threatened to either join the TRIHMS or be transferred to remote places.’
While supporting the establishment of a medical college in the state, GAF chairman Takam Tatung said the necessary requirements for starting a medical college have not been met.
He expressed concern over the decision to use the old SPT legislative assembly building as classrooms of the proposed medical college, and further said that plans to dismantle the buildings of the directorates of social welfare, art and culture and child development, and the police quarters under the motor transport officer, for the proposed TRIHMS, ‘will certainly cost the state exchequer a good amount.’
The GAF expressed apprehension that problems with regard to post-mortem and the use of the morgue might crop up if the hospital is attached to the medical college.
‘In addition, immense problems might crop up for the patients suffering from cancer and tuberculosis in the reimbursement procedures without a functional medical board,’ it said.
Stating that the salaries of the staffers and doctors of the TRIHMS are being drawn from the state exchequer, whereas the institute is supposed to be a centrally-funded establishment, the GAF said, ‘The state government must come out with a white paper on the amount sanctioned by the Centre for the purpose.’
It further questioned why the government is reluctant to establish the medical college and hospital at the plot of land allotted for the purpose at Pachin Colony.
The GAF further claimed that restriction was imposed on meeting the visiting members of the Medical Council of India (MCI).