Accusing the All-India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) of being anti-reservation, All-India Confederation of Schedule Castes/Schedule Tribes (SC/ST) Organisations chairman Udit Raj has called for intervention by the Central Government in the matter.

Elaborating on the charges, Dr. Raj said: “Fifty posts for professors are lying vacant in AIIMS, and to fill them up an advertisement had been issued. Out of the 50 posts, 37 were to be filled through direct recruitment and this could be possible due to reservation roster policy as per Government norms.”

“This has now unfortunately been put on hold by the Union Health Ministry because of opposition by the Faculty Association of AIIMS (FAIMS), which has been spreading a rumour in the Health Ministry and the Prime Minister’s Office that selection of faculty through direct recruitment at higher level will deteriorate the working atmosphere at the Institute,” Dr. Raj said. Claiming that the move has hampered the interest of the SC/ST and Other Backward Classes (OBC), he said: “FAIMS wrote a letter to the Prime Minister’s Office against filling up of 37 posts of professors out of which 17 were likely to go to SC and OBC.”

The Confederation has questioned the ‘hurried’ action by the Health Ministry to put on hold the recruitment procedure alleging collusion between FAIMS, Prime Minister’s Office and the Health Ministry.

‘Start recruitment’

“We demand that recruitment procedure should be started again immediately. This is not the first time that AIIMS has violated the reservation policy/norms,” said Dr. Raj.

Giving an instance of “discrimination” at the Institute, he added: “The Institute governing body had decided to give reservation to OBC in 1994, yet the administration chose not to advertise and implement the decision and rather provoked FAIMS to go to Delhi High Court and unfortunately ex-parte interim order was obtained. This matter was dragged for several years and meanwhile AIIMS recruited more than 100 faculties on ad-hoc basis without giving reservation to SC/ST/OBC. This kind of discrimination was repeated over the years.” Refuting all charges, the AIIMS authorities said: “All procedure for recruitment according to prescribed laws/norms is followed at the Institute.”