Top medical experts and politicians have come out in support of Sukhsohit Singh, a patient of rare genetic blood disorder, Thalassemia major, who has been denied civil service on medical grounds.
“I fail to understand why a person with such academic record is being denied civil service job,” said Dr VP Choudhury, former head of Department of Haematology at AIIMS. “If it is due to law, then the law should be changed”.
Both Dr Choudhury and Dr RK Marwaha of the Post Graduate Institute (PGI), Chandigarh, another Central government institution, have said Thalassemic patients are not inferior to normal persons.
“There is no medical evidence that a person with Thalassemic major if treated well like Suksohit Singh in any way affects the capabilities of person as physical, mental, technical, and administrative,” Dr Choudhury said.
Dr Marwaha had already submitted a similar view to the government on Singh’s ability to work as a civil servant. “His academic record should be considered not his disease,” Marwaha had said.
Not just the medical fraternity , even information and broadcasting minister Ambika Soni has also spoken in favour of Singh.
“He should not be denied a chance to serve the country and ways to help him to achieve his dream should be taken,” she said on Thursday.
Singh is probably the first Thalassemic major patient to have cracked the civil service examination in 2008. As per revised list of the Union Public Service Commission, he was ranked 48, meaning he should have been selected an Indian Administrative Service officer.
A medical board of Safdarjung Hospital declared him unfit to join the civil service, either on technical or non-technical side. The decision is now being reviewed at RML hospital in Delhi.
Singh is, however, hopeful of get a favourable verdict after getting so much support. “I now see hope that I may finally get into the civil service,” he said.