Story As On May 28, 2020
As per a media report of January 2020, All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) Nurses Union had alleged gender discrimination in the Nursing Officer recruitment. The recruitment was announced by various AIIMS on January 10 and 11, in which around 80% vacancies were reserved for female candidates.
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AIIMS Patna, in its recruitment notification released on January 11 had reserved only 10% of the posts for male candidates, that means 185 of the total 206 vacancies were reserved for female candidates and only 21 were reserved for male candidates.
AIIMS Nurses Union had alleged gender discrimination in this reservation criterion.
The contentious reservation criteria came months after the 4th meeting of AIIMS Central Institute Body (CIB) in which it was decided that 80% of the nursing personnel posts will be filled by female candidates. The CIB discussed the issue of appropriateness and requirement of female nursing staffs in a number of departments/specialised wards vis-a-vis patient comfort and care.
The AIIMS CIB meeting was held in October, 2019 under the chairmanship of Union Heath Minister Harsh Vardhan.
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In a letter to Union Heath Minister Harsh Vardhan, the union expressed objections over the implementation of decisions of the 4th Central Institute Body (CIB) meeting on recruitment of Nursing Officers in AIIMS across the country. They had also mentioned in the letter that no nursing personnel were present as members of the CIB.
AIIMS Nurses Union strongly opposes this newly introduced reservation criteria based on gender discrimination for the post of Nursing Officer (Direct Recruitment) and also condemns the decisions taken in the 4th meeting of CIB.
This unconstitutional decision taken by the AIIMS CIB members simply shows the gender discrimination to the matter of public employment which is a blatant violation of fundamental rights guaranteed in our Constitution as per Article 16 (1949) which guarantees equality of opportunity in matters of public employment for all Indian citizens.
The CIB meeting also mulled over introducing an All India Common Eligibility Exam for Nursing Officer recruitment in AIIMS and central government hospitals.
Story Updated As On August 17, 2020
Harish Kumar Kajla, President AIIMS Nurses Union tweeted a video on August 14, asking all to maintain pressure of Health Minister Dr Harshwardhan to resolve gender discrimination and other issues at AIIMS.
स्वास्थ्य मंत्री श्री हर्षवर्धन जी ने एक सप्ताह में अधिकारिक मीटिंग बुलाकर 80-20 और एम्स नर्सेस के सभी मुद्दों को हल करने का भरोसा दिया । हल्ला बोल…सकारात्मक परिणाम तक जारी रहेगा।जनप्रतिनिधियो (सांसदो और विधायकों) पर लगातार 80-20 के ख़िलाफ़ दबाव बनाए रखे ।
— Harish Kumar Kajla (@harish_kajla) August 14, 2020
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