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New Delhi: A group of AIIMS faculty members belonging to SC, ST and OBC communities on Thursday urged the central government to probe into the alleged violation of the reservation policy in the country’s premier health institute.

In a letter to union Health Minister J.P. Nadda, they said: “We demand that till the violation of reservation policy in current faculty selection is investigated by appropriate body, results should be kept in abeyance.”

They alleged that the AIIMS administration last month violated the government’s reservation policy while selecting faculty.

“If after due investigation the violation of reservation policy is proven, then this selection should be made null and void and repeat advertisement of the faculty posts should be done with due implementation of reservation policy as per government of India.”

The group accused the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) administration of “repeated blatant violation” of the principles of B.R. Ambedkar.

“Repeated blatant violation of the principles and beliefs of Babasaheb by the AIIMS administration in the capital city is affront to this celebration and to the constitution of India.”

The group further said AIIMS has a “long history” of denying due rights and discriminating against SC, ST and OBC students, staff and faculty members and urged Nadda to investigate the matter.

(With inputs from IANS)

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Cabinet Approves Plan to Set-Up 20 AIIMS

The construction of new AIIMS will be fully funded by the Central government. It will also bear the operations and maintenance expenses of these facilities.

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The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday approved a plan to set up 20 All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) across the country, six of which have already been established, and to upgrade 73 medical colleges.

The decisions are part of the Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Suraksha Yojana (PMSSY), which has been extended by two years till 2020, with a financial outlay of Rs 14,832 crore, Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad told reporters while briefing on the cabinet decisions.

“Under this (PMSSY), we are going to set up 20 AIIMS in the country, six have already been established, and would upgrade 73 medical colleges. This is a historic decision,” said the Union Law and Information Technology Minister.

The construction of new AIIMS will be fully funded by the Central government. It will also bear the operations and maintenance expenses of these facilities.
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The decision to extend the PMSSY was aimed to meet the shortfall in healthcare professionals and facilities across the country.

“Setting up of new AIIMS would not only transform health education and training but also address the shortfall of healthcare professionals in the region… Setting up of new AIIMS in various states will lead to employment generation for nearly 3,000 people in various faculty and non-faculty posts in each of the AIIMS,” said an official statement.

The construction of new AIIMS will be fully funded by the Central government. It will also bear the operations and maintenance expenses of these facilities.

The upgradation programme broadly envisages improving health infrastructure through construction of super specialty blocks, trauma centres and others, according to the statement.

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The procurement of medical equipment for existing as well as new facilities will be done on sharing basis by both Central and state governments.

“PMSSY was started during the government of Atal Bihari Vajpayee to provide quality healthcare in remote areas as it’s not right to put all the pressure on AIIMS in Delhi. There were talks of setting up six AIIMS. But what happened in the next 10 years is for all to see,” said Prasad. (IANS)

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