A section of AIIMS doctors and medical students under the banner of the Progressive Medicos and Scientists’ Forum and the Forum for Rights and Equality held a dharna at Jantar Mantar demanding that denial of reservations in faculty appointment at AIIMS be made a criminal offence.
A two-member delegation submitted a memorandum to President Pranab Mukherjee, calling upon him to take up the issue with the new Central government to be sworn in by May-end.
The memorandum stated that “The very fact that for so many years reservations for SC/ST/OBCs could not be implemented in letter and spirit, is mainly due to lack of political will. Those responsible for undermining the policy of reservation have developed a kind of immunity to any action against them”.
The speakers at the dharna alleged that the provision of reservation was being “defeated in practice by resorting to manipulation of rules”. They said if there can be penal provisions for even minor violation of traffic rules, why should such a gross and criminal violation of constitutional norms go unpunished.