Parliamentary panel asks AIIMS to fill vacant posts

October 23rd, 2008 - 8:54 pm ICT by IANS  

Bharatiya Janata PartyNew Delhi, Oct 23 (IANS) A parliamentary panel has expressed concern that 85 faculty posts are lying vacant in the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) and has directed the health ministry and the premier hospital to fill them up in six months.The Committee on the Welfare of Scheduled Castes (SC)and Scheduled Tribes (ST), which submitted its report to parliament Thursday, noted the fact that there was a shortfall in the intake of SC and ST candidates in almost all categories of posts.

Noting that out of the sanctioned 305 strength, only 213 assistant professors are in position whereas 85 posts are lying vacant in various departments, the committee said it was concerned that “such a large number of posts are lying vacant and action to complete recruitment process is still not over”.

It recommended that the ministry and the AIIMS should complete all formalities for filling up all posts of assistant professors including that of SC/ST posts within six months and apprise it.

The 30-member committee, headed by Ratilal Kalidas Varma of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), said the health ministry and AIIMS have not made the mandatory provision to nominate one SC/ST member each in the Governing Body and the Institute Body, the highest administrative bodies of AIIMS.

The committee said it would like the health ministry and AIIMS to review the existing system of counselling as well as the proposal for augmentation of seats in popular disciplines to accommodate more SC/ST students.

It urged the government and AIIMS to ensure the filling up of full reservation quota of SC and ST seats in all courses.

“The responsibility for any laxity in the non-filling of the reservation quota may also be fixed and the action taken in such cases should be reported to the committee,” the report said.

“Under no circumstances the vacancies earmarked for reserved category candidates should be allowed to lapse,” it said.

The report said, “The committee is distressed to note that regularisation of adhoc SC/ST employees in AIIMS has not been given due impetus as desired by the committee.”

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