The All India Institute of Medical Science (AIIMS) has requested Ministry of Health to increase the pay scale for the faculty at AIIMS. The Institute, which functions and receives its funds under the Act of Parliament, recently witnessed a number of faculty leave – 5 members in last six months – reportedly due to low salary.
According to The Indian Express, 17 faculty members quit the institute in the last three years which forced the institute to form a committee in February to request the government for a hike in the pay and have a completely revised pay scale. However, the government did not quite agree with the idea and, instead, asked the committee to explain “on what basis” was the previous payment allowed to its members and if the pay scale was as per the norms of the University Grants Commission (UGC).
Quoting a senior medical official, who works at AIIMS, The Indian Express reported, “The government has asked if the pay scale is based on UGC scale. But AIIMS doesn’t come under UGC and functions autonomously under the Act of Parliament.”
On Tuesday, the faculty at AIIMS held a meeting with Ministry of Health and Family Welfare officials and during the meeting, it was observed that the file relating to the Sixth Central Pay Commission (CPC) approval was “reportedly missing”.
The Indian Express had access to minutes of the meeting which clearly stated that the reason behind the faculty members leaving AIIMS was the “unattractive pay” they received. The committee even said that the market economy in India was changing and so was the pattern of earning for private doctors. “It has become difficult to retain high caliber faculties for patient care, teaching and research at AIIMS,” read the minutes of the meeting.
However, the Health Ministry put forward various questions like, Whether the Institute sought the approval of the Department of Expenditure (DoE) for the previous pay after the Sixth Central Pay Commission (CPC) and what were the additional financial impact suffered by the Institute. According to the faculty at AIIMS, the meeting was rather “strange.” In accordance with the documents accessed by The Indian Express, a letter dated December 2008 was written by the Central Government on the pay scale revision at medical institutions and was forwarded to the Secretary of Department of Expenditure (DoE).