Inaccuracy alleged in recording minutes of AIIMS Governing Body meeting

Alleging manipulation and inaccuracy in recording minutes of the recent Governing Body meeting of the All-India Institute of Medical Sciences here, senior faculty members have pointed out that the “calculated lapse” has yet again stalled regularisation of 250 ad hoc employees, some of whom have put in over a decade of service at the Institute.

This lapse came to light after Bharatiya Janata Party's Sushma Swaraj and Congress leader Motilal Vora (both members of the AIIMS Governing Body) wrote early last month to Union Health Minister and Institute president Ghulam Nabi Azad pointing out the “lapse”. In his letter to Mr. Azad, Mr. Vora said: “You would recall that it was decided to regularise the services of all ad hoc employees whereas the minutes reflect that the issue was to be referred to the Ministry of Health.”

“The representatives of the ad hoc employees met me and brought it to my notice that the AIIMS management has invited applications for the posts held by them and have threatened to discontinue their services if not selected. I seek your intervention in the matter so that the poor people who have been with AIIMS for quite some time now are not rendered jobless,” noted Mr. Vora.

Leader of the Opposition in the Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj too has written to the Union Health Minister about “inaccuracy” of the minutes of the 146th Governing Body. The letter by Ms. Swaraj dated March 11, 2012, asking for the Union Minister's immediate attention noted that employees were suffering because of “misrepresentation of the minutes of the meeting”.

“The move by senior Institute officials has caused 250 ad hoc employees to look at the possibility of going jobless at an age when they will not be able to work in any other organisation and having to give up the job that some of them have been doing for over the past 10-12 years. In the same meeting promotion of 39 faculty members was agreed upon while these people (Group C-D staff) have suffered,” said a senior AIIMS faculty member.

“Meanwhile, even after the April 14 Governing Body meeting we still are not sure if this error has been rectified and if some relief is being offered to these 250 employees. The AIIMS administration has so far opted to stay silent on the matter,” he added.

“As per the advertisement now these ad hoc employees who are interested in continuing to work with the Institute will have to go through a stringent re-selection process, which will be in violation of the decision of the Governing Body. All through the Institute administration has been assuring us that we will not be thrown out after having worked at the Institute for so long but after this incident we don't know who to turn to. This latest development has put us and our families under tremendous stress about our future,” said AIIMS Karamchari Union president Satyaprakash Kaliya.

“If these people are not regularised, some of them with over 13 years of service here, they will have nowhere to go. Senior health officials and Institute officials have to look at the humanitarian aspect of the case too,” he added.

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