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'Govt shouldn't interfere with AIIMS'

Surfers argue that AIIMS should have minimum government meddling.

india Updated: Jun 17, 2006 12:29 IST

AIIMS refuses to fade away from public memory.

If it was the epicentre of anti-Mandal II demonstrations and activism a few weeks back, today its faculty and management are embroiled in a pitched battle with the Health Ministry.

The recent face-off between the present director P Venugopal and Health Minister Ramadoss seems to have started with the government deducting 17-days' salaries of the striking doctors in May.

While the institute insists this is blatant interference with the management of AIIMS, the Government insists it is merely sticking to the Constitutional clause.

As the director threatened to call it quits, surfers wrote in to express their views. And here's how it went.

Krishan Kant Tyagi, writing from Roorkee, said, "It's sad to see the way these politicians are playing with the elite educational institutions. As far as our honourable Health Minister is concerned he's great at giving suggestions to film stars and people of all other fields. Hope he has some left for himself too."

Ravindra Mathur from New Delhi, too, found the government interference in AIIMS affairs insufferable.

"Is there some way in which all doctors in all hospitals throughout the country jointly decide to refuse any medical treatment to any politician and his/her dependents?

"Also, the interference in AIIMS' affairs is malicious and has been delivered by some top bureaucrat. I am deeply ashamed of our IAS officers who have abdicated all ethics and are supporting the politicians in all their dirty games," he said.

Shyam fromChicago regretted India's choice of politicians.

"The UPA is doing nothing for our nation. And we have no optionbut to live with it as we have voted for them."

Ani from Trivandrum felt strongly on the subject. "A group of selfish ministers, a helpless Prime Minister and vote bank politics of the Congress party and its allies (especially regional parties) will destroy the fame and quality of India's top institutes," he said.

But not everyone seems to take Venugopal's side.

Girish Agrawal from San Francisco had rather sharp words for the AIIMS director and faculty.

"Venugopal should be fired and charged with criminal liability for disruption of medical services during the anti-quota agitation. The only long-term solution to this is to expel all the students who participated in the anti-quota agitation and to terminate the employment of the faculty and staff who encouraged the students.

"There is certainly no shortage of talented doctors and students to bring AIIMS back to full strength in no time, this time with people who are not so blinded with their upper-caste arrogance," Girish said.

Watch out this space for more action!

Disclaimer:All views and opinions presented in this article are solely those of the surfers and do not necessarily represent those of

First Published: Jun 17, 2006 12:29 IST