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Jharkhand CM writes to Union health minister on under-representation of locals at AIIMS Deoghar

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Ranchi, July 17: Jharkhand chief minister Hemant Soren in a letter written to Central health minister on Monday expressed concern on under-representation of local people in employment of staff in the under-construction AIIMS, Deoghar in the state. 

In a letter addressed to Union health minister, Mansukh Mandaviya on Monday a, Hemant Soren has requested for considering representation of the local people of the state at AIIMS Deogarh.

“For Jharkhand, especially in and around Santhal Pargana, AIIMS Deoghar will be a platform of excellence in both medical education and public health. However, I have raised my concern with @mansukhmandivya ji on under-representation of our local people in employment of staff in AIIMS,” tweeted the chief minister attaching the letter written to the Health minister.

“It is with concern regarding the under-representation of the local people of Jharkhand in the staff employed at AIIMS Deoghar… The government of Jharkhand is committed to providing employment to its people. Accordingly, we have introduced the Jharkhand State Employment of Local Candidates Bill, 2021, wherein there is a 75 per cent reservation in private sector jobs with a salary of up to Rs 30,000 for locals,” wrote the CM. 

The letter while admitting that premier institutes like AIIMS has multifarious benefits by providing excellence in medical care as well as imparting the highest quality of medical education points out, “However, a lesser known but equally necessary collateral benefit is the generation of jobs for the community.”

The letter notes, “Unfortunately, it has come to my attention that 90 per cent of the security personnel at AIIMS Deoghar are from outside the state of Jharkhand. This is not conducive to the public good. AIIMS Deoghar should be hiring locally as far as possible so that they get employees who better understand the community they serve. In this way, AIIMS Deoghar will also contribute to the economic upliftment of the region.”

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