The website of CTRI on Saturday morning showed that only 169 tests were registered in the month of August and the last test (CTRI/2022/08/044685) was registered on 5th August. National Institute of Medical Statistics (NIMS), which belongs to Indian council for medical research (ICMR), excluded from a tweet that “… CTRI hosted by ICMR-NIMS is working at its full capacity as misinformation is being circulated in the media”.
This is to bring to the notice of the concerned that the Clinical Trials Registry of India (CTRI) is hosting… https://t.co/NgjWJ5Ohky
— ICMR NIMS (@icmr_nims) 1660279683000
The tweet followed an earlier TOI report which suggested that the staff were continuing to conduct tests, though the CTRI was not officially extended beyond June 30. No Ministry of Health Nor has ICMR/NIMS given a copy of any office order granting extension to CTRI and its employees beyond June 30 or provided any evidence that CTRI is “fully functional”.
He has also not clarified how CTRI can function when neither CTRI’s ‘project’ nor its employees have received an extension. The Union Health Secretary, who is the acting Director General of ICMR, was sent an email on Tuesday (August 10) to the Health Minister and his office with marked copies asking why the extension was not given to CTRI and its staff and His fate was questioned. Hundreds of applications that reached the registry did not get any response.
Even after CTRI’s expansion ended, the website shows that 898 tests were recorded in July, an average of about 30 tests a day. This is similar to the average for other months in 2022, almost all of which were between 25 and 30. Apparently, the employees kept the website running for the whole of July and August 5 even though their tenure was not extended. By August 13, following the trend, around 300 tests should have been recorded during the month, while 169 were actually registered.
In a case filed in the Central Administrative Tribunal by CTRI employees seeking regularization of employment, which is being opposed by the Ministry of Health, a CAT order dated June 17 stated that the counsel for the Ministry had submitted that The appointment was made only till June 30. , as in “…thereafter the project (CTRI) against which the applicant is working is likely to be over”. This is in contrast to the correspondence between ICMR-NIMS and the ministry where it is repeatedly stated that the project is “perennial” and “of national importance”.