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Ramadoss rescinds registrar's transfer

Ramadoss rescinds registrar's transfer

The order of transferring AIIMS' registrar was rescinded within 24 hours by Health Minister A Ramadoss.

New Delhi: In yet another manifestation of tug-of-war, AIIMS administration loyal to Director P Venugopal transferred the institute's registrar to a rural centre but the order was rescinded within 24 hours by Health Minister A Ramadoss, opposed to Venugopal's continuance.

The order to transfer V P Gupta to Ballabhgarh rural health centre on Saturday prompting the official to petition Health Minister A Ramadoss.

The shifting of Gupta came after a preliminary fact-finding committee, set-up by the AIIMS vigilance cell following allegations that he was under-qualified and misusing his post, a charge denied by him.

He had petitioned Ramadoss about the 'unjust' transfer orders after which the Health Minister issued the directive to retain him, AIIMS sources said.

AIIMS Director Dr P Venugopal had asked Gupta to relinquish his duties in July over orders the latter passed on the release of salary to medicos during the anti-reservation strike in May.

But Gupta was reinstated after the Union Health Ministry intervened, saying he could be sacked only with the AIIMS governing body's approval.

first published:December 10, 2006, 21:27 IST