Three of the six newly appointed directors of the AIIMS-like institutes being set up in different states have reportedly expressed their reluctance to join the new posting. The move is likely to delay the opening of the regional AIIMS at Jodhpur, Bhubaneswar and Raipur as the government will have to once again go for the entire process of selection for the three top posts.
The union health ministry had appointed Dr S K Sharma, head of the medicine department; Dr S K Acharya, head, department of gastroenterology; Dr Kameshwar Prasad, professor of neurology at All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi as director of the new AIIMS-like institutions being set up in Jodhpur, Bhubaneswar and Raipur.
The union health minister Ghulam Nabi Azad, in a meeting recently held with Dr S K Sharma, Dr S K Acharya and Dr K Prasad to discuss the issue, refused to buy to their theory that they would have no work as the institutes were yet to start and that Delhi AIIMS was facing severe shortage of staff.
Ghulam Nabi Azad reminded them if they were not interested for the post they should not have applied. Moreover, they should not have accepted the offer letter. Asking them to head to their respective institutes, the health minister warned them that he would not consider appointing any AIIMS faculty in future for higher posts if they refused to do so. [Source: Pioneer]