Opposition JD-U today demanded immediate steps to check discrimination against MBBS students belonging to SC/ST and backward communities in AIIMS and askedthe government as to why recommendations of various committees in this regard were not implemented.
Raising the issue in Rajya Sabha during Zero Hour,Ali Anwar Ansari (JD-U) said there have been complaints of discrimination against students from SC/ST and backward categories in the AIIMS and pointed out that Anil Kumar Meena,an ST student who was a topper of the Rajasthan Board,had committed suicide in February.
“Thorat committee which conducted a probe into the charges of discrimination on caste basis,found these allegations correct and asked All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) administration to take action after identifying the guilty,” Ansari said.
He said a Member of Parliament Karan Singh Yadav,who also conducted an inquiry into the matter also found the allegations true and had recommended action.
The National Commission for Scheduled Caste (NCSC) too probed the matter and directed the AIIMS administration to take action against those practising discrimination. Even the High Court also echoed similar views,he said.
Ansari rued that despite such findings,the AIIMS Governing Body decided that no action was needed in the matter as it has become an old issue and people concerned have retired. Members from RJD,CPI,Congress and BJP supported Ansari’s contentions.
Insisting on a reply from the government on the issue,the JD-U member trooped into the well and shouted.
As the JD-U member continued speaking on the issue even as his time of three minutes for the Zero Hour mention had lapsed,P J Kurien,who was in the Chair,snubbed him saying,”This is indiscipline…you are wasting time of Parliament”.