Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan said today that he is committed to transparency at All India Institute of Medical Sciences or AIIMs. He faced severe criticism after shunting out whistleblower officer Sanjiv Chaturvedi from India’s leading medical institute.
Mr Vardhan said, “All systems in India’s central hospitals have been placed under critical review to end ‘systemic and symptomatic’ corruption”.
The minister added that the CVO was shifted because the post was not cleared by the Central Vigilance Commission or CVC. Mr. Chaturvedi had exposed several cases of corruption of AIIMS.
Harshavardhan explained the details, “Chaturvedi’s designation as CVO was opposed by the CVC in 2012 and 2013. Disregarding the CVC’s directives was part of a design to weaken the institution. In 2011, the then government had tried to demolish public faith in the CVC by appointing a tainted bureaucrat as its head. This appointment had been struck down by the Supreme Court. I therefore did my bit to restore the image of the CVC”.