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Karnataka elections takingh a toll on govt hospitals?

Last Updated: Thursday, May 2, 2013 - 16:57

Zee Media Bureau

Bangalore: Karnataka Assembly elections, which are scheduled for May 05, seem to have taken a toll on an unexpected sector of the state government. It is the city hospitals who are complaining this time with the burden of election duty having been delegated to them.

With the elections just a couple of days away, Karnataka Election Commission has written to the employees of city government hospitals, asking them to take part in poll-related chores, reports a newspaper.
The reports adds that government hospital employees like paramedical staff and lab technicians have been told to engage in election duties, thus adding to the concern of the hospitals which are already short-staffed.

The move has got the employees complaining with a senior employee of a hospital saying, “If all of them go for election duty for three to four days, how can we run the hospital? The hospital is already reeling under shortage of hands,” added the report.

In turn, the hospital authorities have written back to the Election Commission requesting it not to assign election duties to the hospital staff, but they are still awaiting the approval.

First Published: Thursday, May 2, 2013 - 16:51

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