PUDUCHERRY: The President of India Pranab Mukherjee will be on a day’s visit to Puducherry to participate in the golden jubilee celebrations of the Jawaharlal Post Graduate Institute of Post Graduate Medical Education and Research (JIPMER) on Friday.
The President would deliver the jubilee address at the institute and release a jubilee souvenir on the occasion.
Union Health Minister Dr Harshvardhan, Lieutenant Governor Ajay Kumar Singh, Chief Minister N Rangasamy and Union Health Secretary L Verma would also take part, said JIPMER director Dr T S Ravikumar .
The JIPMER Hospital Workers Union will be submitting a memorandum to the Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan, during his visit to the Union Territory on Friday, to draw the Central government’s attention to their demands, including the regularisation of the daily wage workers at the autonomous institution.
The union leaders T Murugan and C H Balamohanan told the media on Thursday that about 800 workers have been urging the JIPMER administration for regularising their service. The workers have put in more than 14 years of service, yet their demands were not conceded, the leaders said.
Senior CPM leader Murugan alleged that the contribution of the employees’ provident fund (EPF) was deducted, but was not remitted to the respective employees account. A portion of the total amount of `3.84 crore was remitted by the administration after a court direction, but the rest was yet to be transferred, he said.
The employees of the JIPMER administration are also being kept away from the golden jubilee celebrations, Murugan added.