Union Cabinet has recently approved the merger of National Institute of Miners’ Health (NIMH) with ICMR – National Institute of Occupational Health (NIOH). This Union Cabinet was chaired by PM Narendra Modi that approved to dissolve NIMH and merge with ICMR-NIOH, Ahmedabad.
This merger will absorb all the working people with NIMH in NIOH in the similar post/pay scale as the case may be and their pay be protected. NIMH, ICMR, NIOH, MoM and Department of Health Research (DHR), MoH&FW to take actions required for effecting dissolution and merger/amalgamation of NIMH with NIOH.
Impact of merger
Since both the institutes are experts in occupational health and this merger/amalgamation will prove beneficial in term of enhanced expertise besides the efficient management of public money.
About NIMH and NIOH
Government of India established NIMH in year 1990 and registered it as Society under the Karnataka Societies Registration Act, 1960. The registered office of NIMH is located at Kolar Gold Fields, Karnataka and the Central Laboratory in Nagpur. NIMH conducts applied research in occupational health and hygiene. Institute has a specialization in providing tech support to mining and mineral based research works.
NIOH works on a vast area of occupational health sector that includes occupational hygiene and occupational medicine. In terms of working and performance of autonomous institutes, Expenditure Management Commission recommended, inter-alia, that- “Organisations with similar objectives can be considered for merger to encourage synergy in operations and reduction in cost”. Accordingly, recommended merger of NIMH with NIOH.