The UT home secretary passed the controversial order of reserving a seat for an NRI-Scheduled Caste candidate, despite unanimous opposition shown by senior faculty and director of the Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32.
According to documents available with the Hindustan Times, a few days before the counselling a meeting under the chairmanship of director- principal Dr Atul Sachdev was held at the college to discuss the possibility of reservation in NRI seats.
Faculty members who attended the meeting included academics in-charge professor Dr Harsh Mohan, medical superintendent Dr AK Janmeja, pharmacology department head Dr CS Gautam, orthopaedics department head Dr Sudhir Garg, the assistant registrar and law officer of the college.
Interestingly, some members of the committee belonged to the SC community as well.
Sources revealed that the committee was constituted after home secretary Anil Kumar asked the college director to make reservation for the Scheduled Caste candidates in NRI seats as well.
In its proceedings (a copy of which is available with HT), the committee made some observations.
While the first recommendation stated: “The reservation for SC/ST is meant for Indian citizens”, the second was: “There is no precedent of further reservation within seats reserved for NRIs anywhere in India”.
In the third and the fourth point, the committee discussed legal aspect of the home secretary’s action and observed, “reservations within seats reserved for NRIs will amount to ‘reservation within reservation’, which may be legally invalid”.
In the final point, the committee questioned the timings of the order saying, “Since the prospectus has already been issued any change/changes at this stage may lead to legal complication”.
HT in its report “GMCH ‘reserves’ MBBS seat on home secy’s order” on June 26 had highlighted that how in a case of favouritism, just two days before the counselling, the GMCH director issued corrigendum on the orders of the home secretary saying to reserve one NRI seat for candidate belonging to the SC category.
The order further said that if an NRI seat remained vacant, then it would be reverted to SC-UT candidate, instead of the seat going to an NRI candidate.