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Concerns as unpaid staff facing starvation.

MIRPUR -- The staff of Mohterma Benazir Bhutto Shaheed Medical College Mirpur expressed grave concern over the inordinate delay in the payment of their salaries for the last four months.

"We are waiting for the monthly salaries for the last four months due to paucity of funds with the Planning and Development Department and the Finance Department of AJK government," said senior staff members belonging to academia and administration.

"The staff was paid the salary for the months of August and September 2017," the staffers told the correspondent. Expressing grave concern over fast-deteriorating financial conditions of the MBBS Medical College Mirpur, the financially-upset faculty and administrative staff members observed that the medical college and its staffers were confronting with the financial unrest because of the mismanagement and irregularities on the part of the authorities concerned.

"The staff has almost reached the stage of starvation because of the non-payment of the salaries for over last four months," they said. The unrest and concern among the academic and administrative staff of the college was gradually getting high because of the persistent intolerable delay in payment of the salaries and other remunerations to all cadres of the administrative and academic staff and the subordinates.

They continued that it was so sad that the authorities took no notice of the dissention and unrest prevailing among the teaching staff of neither the college - nor they taken any requisite measure to release the salaries and there seems no chances of the same in the near future, they pointed out.

"The ugly state of affairs could compel the starving staffers of the college to move to the agitation in the form of protest strike to press the authorities for early acceptance of their demands," they underlined.

It may be added that Rs200 million was allocated per annum by the government-funded MBBS Mirpur Medical College. Experts have strongly suggested immediate enhancement to the allocation to the tune of Rs1,000 million to ensure the smooth functioning of the college.

It may be added that the allocated funds of Rs200 million for the Mirpur-based MBBS Medical College are conditionally released with the 50 percent earmarked for the salaries. Following the lack of required funds, the deficit of Rs15 to Rs20 million in salaries is being faced with at present per month, according to the preliminary investigation conducted by this Correspondent.

With Rs2.76 billion, MBBS Medical College Mirpur was established in a building of Para Medical School at Chitterpari in 2014 with the financial assistance of the government of Pakistan. It had proposed these funds under the Public Sector Development Program for the project.

The proposed cost suggested the allocation of Rs1.95 billion for construction of the building of college complex and Rs800 million for operational purpose/administrative expenditures. But because of the alleged mismanagement and bad governance, the college received only Rs500 million to meet all of its expenditures for construction and functioning since its inception in 2014.

During fiscal year 2016-17, he allocation of Rs200 million per annum spoke of severe deficit in meeting all its expenditures - for construction and running the administrative and academic activities of the third public-sector medical college in AJK next to the similar state-run medical colleges one each in Muzaffarabad and Rawalakot. Rawalakot-based Poonch Medical College, it may be added, is being run by the AJK government from its own development funds under ADP besides due financial assistance of the government of Pakistan.
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Publication:The Nation (Karachi, Pakistan)
Date:Feb 4, 2018
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