Karachi College of Medicine and Dentistry, which is under the Karachi Metropolitan Corporation, has been closed for two days, appearing on Friday, when principals, faculty and medical institution students found the facility gates locked upon arriving there in the morning.
According to the deputy principal of the KMDC school, Dr Aqeel Shaikh, the atmosphere at the institution heated up and a commotion was seen on Wednesday when some non-teaching staff became angry over not being paid their dues. After that, classes were suspended. Tensions continued to rise over the next two days, he said, adding that Karachi administrator Laeeq Ahmed had been informed of the matter.
The administrator issued a directive for the formation of a three-member committee, led by Dr Aftab Imatiaz, a professor at KMDC, and the college was closed on Friday on the committee’s recommendation, the deputy principal said. The Express Tribune.
He hopes that the problem can be resolved on Monday, following which lectures will be continued at KMDC.
He admitted, non-teaching staff at KMDC had not yet been paid their dues and even though the payment of dues was an appropriate demand, their way of protest was not pleasant.
In a statement issued on Friday, Karachi commissioner Laeeq Ahmed said he had sought an explanation from the principal of the KMDC school Dr Nargis Anjum for not immediately informing him of the matter. He stated that a report on the matter had been sent to him on April 7th by Dr Shaikh.
According to a statement issued by the administrator, the principal was notified of the class suspension, the commotion at the KMDC and the abuse of patients, staff and house attendants by the institution’s staff, while the KMDC implementing committee recommended firm action against laboratory assistants Nadeem Zaidi and Asif Anjum from the accounts section regarding the matter. the.
The statement said the principal did not come to the institution during the entire episode without giving a leave application.
Administrators have also asked the Central district SSP to arrest people making a fuss and forcibly stop classes at KMDC, in addition to taking measures to provide security to medical institution staff, students and patients.
The administrator has sent a letter to the SSP for this purpose.
Meanwhile, agency employees staged a demonstration outside the closed gates of the KMDC, demanding payment of their salaries.
“We held a peaceful protest. We had the gates closed when we reached college today,” said one of the protesters, who asked not to be named. He added, “We received a message on Whatsapp last night, notifying us of the closure of the college, but no notification was issued. Closing of colleges, then, is illegal.” He also denounced wages from being paid.
“Even the salaries of class 16 and 17 officers have not been paid. For the past two months we have not received salaries. Some of them have not been paid salaries in the last four months,” he said. “Management has assured us that our salaries will be disbursed in April, but we have not been paid, while we continue to face financial problems. We have been protesting for the last four days.”
He admitted that with the issuance of the KMDC sealing directive, the management wanted to show its power.
Condemning the move, the protesters called it sheer injustice, with some claiming they had received threats earlier in the day. The protesters urged the Sindh government to help them get their rights and asked the provincial government ministers to pay attention to the matter.
They also criticized the formation of a five-member executive committee, also chaired by Dr Imtiaz, to manage KMDC’s finances, accounts and other affairs.
The KMDC school principal has no authority over the committee and the principal cannot make any decisions without consulting the committee, they said, adding that it is unfair.
The transfer also caused inconvenience for patients who were unable to get health care assistance that day.
Many of them, standing outside the closed doors of the health facilities, complained that they had traveled to Karachi from distant areas, costing them a fortune.
WITH ADDITIONAL REPORTING BY TUFAIL AHMED