Several students under the aegis of the influential student body- Mizo Students’ Union (MSU) on Monday picketed in front of the Zoram Medical College (ZMC) at Falkawn, about 16 km from state capital Aizawl, stopping administrative staff from attending their office to protest against the alleged discrepancies in the recruitment of staff nurses.

The MSU functionaries also stopped newly-recruited nurses from giving joining reports. The protesters dispersed from the scene after the government assured them of disciplinary action against persons responsible for the discrepancy in results and giving preference to voluntary nurses.

The government and MSU reached a five-point agreement, including a probe against those responsible for including candidates who did not attend interviews for recruitment as a staff nurse in the ZMC, and legal action against them.

Among others, both sides agreed that disciplinary action against those who intimidated the hired voluntary nurses. First preference to be given to eligible voluntary nurses for recruitment of 50 staff nurses in ZMC and those selected if fail to produce necessary documents within 20 days must be replaced by those kept at reserve panel.

The government has received serious flak from different quarters over the alleged discrepancies in the recruitment of 50 staff nurses in ZMC.

It has been alleged that at least three candidates who did not face interviews were selected for the post.

The recruitment was conducted directly through a walk-in-interview.

Earlier on October 7, the government has sought an explanation from the ZMC director over the alleged discrepancies.

The director is yet to respond to it, highly placed sources said.

Hundreds of voluntary nurses, including 103 in ZMC, are currently hired by the government to cope with the manpower crunch given the Covid-19 pandemic.

While inviting applications for voluntary nurses, the government, in its advertisement in June, had allegedly stated that the hired voluntary nurses would get first preference when they apply for government jobs.

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