Chandigarh: Over the issue of allegations of the discrimination done against SC category candidates for the selection process of Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) new Director, the Union Health Secretary C K Mishra on Thursday will be meeting the National Commission for Scheduled Castes.
Notably, on November 10, the National Commission for Scheduled Castes had asked the health ministry to stop the recruitment process till the Health Secretary meets the Commission by November 17.
The meeting will be held in regard to a complaint submitted by a body of Schedule Caste and Schedule Tribes (SC/ST) employees at PGIMER alleging that discrimination has been done against SC category candidates for the selection process of PGI’s next Director. While, on November 10, over the same issue the PGI’s presently officiating Director Prof K Rao was also called by the Commission.
However, on November 3, the PGIMER Institute body of the had met in New Delhi and had finalized three top contenders names to the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC).
Among the three recommended and forwarded names were Dr Anil Bhansali, head of endocrinology, Dr Meenu Singh, from the Department of Pediatrics and Dr Jagat Ram, head, Advance Eye Centre.
While, almost a week after the names were forwarded to the ACC for finalization, the SC&ST body had written to the National commission terming the interview as wrongfully done by the selection committee.
In the sent letter, the body raised their allegations that no member representing their community was added to the selection committee.
While, this time about 26 applicants had appeared before the selection committee headed by Mishra. Dr VM Katoch, former director general of ICMR and Dr Shridhar Dwevedi from Hamdard Institute of Medical Sciences & Research in New Delhi are the two other members, which last month conducted the interviews.
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