RDA of AIIMS wants updates on upcoming hostel

Doctors have written to director of the institute for a week-to-week update on the development work as past delays have left them in a lurch

Following up the hostel issue, the resident doctors association (RDA) of All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) has now written to the director of the institute to update the association at the end of every week, starting from November, about the developments.

Space crunch: AIIMS has been grappling with the issue of shortage of
hostel rooms for years. File pic

In a speech given by the director of the institute, Dr R C Deka, on the occasion of "dedication of geriatrics OPD to the national programme for health care of elderly" on October 1st, he spoke about the shortage of hostels in the institute.

"The dearth of hostel accommodation for students and junior doctors has been causing concern. I am happy to share with you that New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) has sent our plans to the Delhi Urban Arts Commission for final approval. We are ready to construct by November this year," said Dr Deka. Now, after the director has recognised the problem of shortage of hostels at the institute, the RDA expects that there will be no delays, as the issue is pending for seven years.

Still sceptical
"We are really glad that the director acknowledged the acute problem faced by the resident doctors. Even though we have been assured that the construction will begin in November, but the past delays by various authorities have left us sceptical. Therefore, we are making this communication as part of our resolution to solve this issue," said Dr Debjyoti Karmakar, president, RDA, AIIMS.

The association has also requested the various departments to communicate in a proper official manner, as there has been no written reply by the authorities on the issue. "We also request the engineering section and other departments to appraise us the exact status of the upcoming construction in writing or through a properly minuted meeting," added Dr Karmakar. Dr Y K Gupta, official spokesperson, AIIMS, said "Yes, the matter has been considered and the construction will take place soon."

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