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AIIMS executive body meeting on Tuesday

An official says that functioning of the institute would be discussed and various administrative matters will be taken up.

india Updated: Jan 23, 2007 22:09 IST

The crucial AIIMS executive body meeting to discuss various administrative matters, including the implementation of the reservation policy, will take place on Tuesday.

The meeting, which was deferred by two days from January 22 to January 24 due to unavailablity of all the members, will not discuss the removal of AIIMS director P Venugopal, but the functioning of the institute.

"The functioning of the institute would be discussed and various administrative matters will be taken up," a health ministry official said.

Chaired by the Minister of Health and Family Welfare Anbumani Ramadoss, the 11-member body will meet at Nirman Bhavan to take up the issues which couldn't be discussed last year.

"It's an adjourned meeting which couldn't be completed on July 5 due to the apex body recommending Venugopal's dismissal. We will discuss last year's agenda and add few more fresh points," he said.

The meeting, which was adjourned last year in July as the higher body had recommended the removal of Venugopal, will discuss how best to implement the Veerappa Moily Committee recommendations for reservation in higher educational institutions, he said.

A battle is on between Ramadoss and Venugopal since last year when the apex body of the institute had recommended the dismissal of the director, which was stayed by the court.

"The meeting is likely to discuss some of the appointments made in the institute by the director," the officer said.

Apart from the minister, the meeting will be attended by Congress MP RK Dhawan and Health Secretary Naresh Dayal.

Another matter likely to come up in the meeting is of Registrar VP Gupta, who was transferred to a remote rural center after an AIIMS vigilance committee found him to be allegedly "under qualified and misusing his post" last month. The order was rescinded within 24 hours by the Health Minister.

Following the order, Gupta's room was locked and his personal belongings sealed. Gupta had then called the police. AIIMS director, however, had shot off a five-page letter early this month to the registrar asking him to "report to a rural health centre" and ignore Anbumani Ramadoss's stay of the transfer.