The two top decision-making bodies of AIIMS — whose decision to hold meetings so close to the declaration of the Lok Sabha results triggered protests last week— may be headed for more rough weather, with the institute body and the governing body scheduling another meeting on Monday.
Among other things, on the agenda of Monday’s meeting is a letter written by MP Dr Jyoti Mirdha, a member of the institute body of AIIMS.
In the letter, dated December 20, Dr Mirdha has spoken about her “serious concern over the inordinate delay in circulation of the minutes of an institute body meeting (on September 29) over a matter of immense importance — the selection of the director of the institute”.
In her letter, the contents of which were accessed by Newsline, Dr Mirdha wrote to the director of the institute saying that the “delay assumes added significance in view of the fact” that the final minutes, which reached members of the institute body on December 6 last year, … had nothing “except for a fleeting mention of our concerns”.
Dr Mirdha also wrote that the minutes “should be made available to the members of the IB” for a “well-laid, full-proof transparent procedure to the post of the director”. The action taken report by AIIMS on this letter is also on the agenda for Monday’s institute body meeting. The report states that the minutes were prepared by the office of the Health Minister and reached AIIMS only on October 10. As a result, the report stated, the minutes could not be circulated “due to some administrative reasons”, and the “delay in circulation of minutes is not denied and sincerely regretted.”
Meanwhile, Bhim Singh, who contested against Union Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad from Udhampur constituency in Jammu & Kashmir, has sought the Election Commission’s intervention to put on hold recruitment in AIIMS till the new government is formed.
In his letter to the EC, dated May 9, Singh also demanded cancellation of the “extraordinary” meetings on May 12, citing that the model code of conduct was still in force and that the election results would be out on May 16. “He has fixed the meetings of both the governing body and the institute body on the same day (May 12) at a very short notice…,” Singh, a candidate of the Jammu and Kashmir National Panthers Party, stated. “It would also be worthwhile to scrutinise the list of candidates shortlisted in such a hurry and in a clandestine manner to come to just conclusions about the minister having derived undue advantage from this recruitment for himself and his party, and in the process, having deprived other candidates of a level playing field…,” Singh wrote.
Meanwhile, BJP candidate, Udit Raj, wrote to party leader Sushma Swaraj, a member of both the AIIMS bodies, alleging that the recruitment procedure does not follow reservation rules. “Not only is the roster faulty, but it is also inconsistent with DoPT guidelines… Apart from violating the constitutionally enshrined rights of the SCs and STs, illegal recruitment is being carried out by the administration when the model code of conduct is in force,” Raj said.