AIIMS Bill passed amid noisy protests from Opposition members

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New Delhi, Nov 28 (UNI) Amid noisy protests from a belligerent Opposition in the Rajya Sabha, Parliament today adopted a controversial Bill that indirectly seeks to cut short the tenure of AIIMS Director P Venugopal by fixing the age of superannuation of the Institute Director at 65 years.

The Lok Sabha had earlier approved the Bill fixing upper age limit for Directors of prestigious Central medical institutes -- AIIMS, New Delhi and PGI, Chandigarh -- at 65 years.

However, the Bill which amended both the All India Institute of Medical Sciences Act, 1956 and the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh Act, 1966 also removed clauses in the two Acts which empowered the governing body of the two institutes to terminate term of the Director at any time before the expiry of his term by giving him a three-month notice or compensatory allowances in lieu thereof.

The Rajya Sabha had earlier witnessed two adjournments after a defiant Opposition, led by the BJP, prevented Health Minister Anbumani Ramadoss from introducing the Bill.

Justifying the Bill, Dr Ramadoss who made his statement amid persistent slogan shouting from the Opposition members said the Bill would streamline the functioning of the AIIMS, New Delhi and PGI, Chandigarh.

Nothing could be heard in the din and Deputy Chairman K Rahman Khan then put the Bill to vote, which was approved by a voice vote.

Mr Khan then adjourned the House for the day.


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