JJ Hospital workers protest for Dean's removal

Feb 16, 2014, 08:00 IST | Fatema Lakdawala

Nearly 500 temporary workers demand for the Dean’s removal or permanent jobs

After being accused of passing a derogatory casteist remark about a sweeper, the dean of JJ hospital, Dr TP Lahane was the target of a protest held at the hospital on Saturday, by the temporary employees of the hospital. They demanded that either Lahane be removed or the protesting staff be made permanent employees.

Workers of JJ hospital have been protesting against the Dean of the JJ Hospital, within the premises of JJ hospital, since February 14

Nearly 500 people protested at the hospital. On Friday, a case was registered against Lahane at the JJ Marg police station, after a sweeper, Naresh Waghela, alleged that he was called a derogatory term by the dean. Speaking to SUNDAY MiD DAY, Khem Chand Solanki, one of the leaders at the strike said, “We are with Naresh and we want the Dean to be removed immediately. Lahane has been absconding since yesterday.”

When contacted, Naresh said he was on a strike since February 13. He added that he has been working as a sweeper since 1994 and that his job is still on temporary basis. When he continued his strike, Dr TP Lahane allegedly used abusive language.

The protest was supported by 500 temporary workers, 200 female nurses and 300 male workers and the slogan of the protest was ‘Dean Hatao ... JJ bachao’.

When contacted, Dr TP Lahane said that he is in Nasik, before disconnecting the call and remaining unavailable. The superintendent of JJ Hospital claimed that he had no idea about Lahane’s whereabouts, while few workers claimed that he has been admitted at Bombay Hospital.

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