Chandigarh, 27th January : The PGI Employees Union convey its sincere thanks and gratitude to Dr. Yogesh Chawla, Director, PGI for approving 38 wards / spouse of deceased employees of PGI, who expired in 2008-2012 for compassionate appointments. It is hoped that the appointment letters will be issued shortly to bring an end to the miseries and financial hardships of families of deceased employees.
Earlier, 8 wards / spouse of deceased employees of PGI, who expired in 2008, were appointment on compassionate grounds in August, 2008.
No compassionate appointment has been made at PGI since May, 2008 because the Committee for Compassionate Appointments took long time to lay down the criteria under the Central Government guidelines. The Scheme provides 5% quota for Compassionate Appointments. On 16th January, 2012, the Union requested to make compassionate appointments before Republic Day. In June, 2012, the Union requested to make compassionate appointments before Golden Jubilee of Institute i.e. 7th July, 2012. On 7th August, the Union again pleaded for making these appointments before Independence Day. On 14th August, 2012, Dr. Yogesh Chawla, DPGI has approved 8-9 appointments for the year 2008.
On 1.10.2012, the Union challenged the criteria adopted by the Committee for making compassionate appointments. On 25.10.2012, the Committee accepted the suggestions of Union and asked various establishments to redo the exercise. In August, 2013, the condition of minimum 80 marks was relaxed to 65.
Finally on 29.11.2013, the Committee under the Chairmanship of Prof. Jagat Ram recommended 38 wards / spouse of deceased employees for compassionate appointments. Prof. Yogesh Chawla, Director, PGI has approved the recommendations of Committee for making compassionate appointments and the appointment letters will be issued within 3-4 days.
The Union further hopes that the applications for compassionate appointments for the year 2013 will be considered and the cases rejected on old criteria prior to 2007 will also be reviewed shortly.