Ranchi: The Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS), an autonomous institute under Government of Jharkhand, invited candidates for filling up the Staff Nurse Grade “A” positions. The application was for 362 posts out which there was no seat reserved for the Schedule Tribes (STs).
As per fact that Jharkhand has a high tribal population, the post count for STs should have been 94 but this did not get reflected in the notice released by RIMS management.
The recruitment of nurses at state’s premier hospital sparked controversy and has outraged the tribal outfits in the state as Adivasi Chhatra Sangh (tribal student body) along with Jharkhand Tribal Medical Association (JTMA) have protested against this move.
Their additional demands include minimum eligibility criteria which is set as BSc Nursing (four-year course) or BSc (Post certificate) or BSc Nursing (Post-basic) should be changed and General Nurse Midwifery (GNM) should be included.
The reservation policy provides a reasonable percentage of reservation in all state government job.
The Adivasi Chhatra Sangh president Sushil Oraon said, “The reservation policy provides us 26% reservation in state government jobs and the current recruitment advertisement is in violation of that policy.”
JTMA had also expressed the grievances saying RIMS has not followed proper recruitment method. In any scenario, the number of seats cannot be zero in reserved category.
RIMS director Dr. D.K.Singh had to face slogans from protestors against this move but has assured that the recruitment process will be reviewed and reservation policy will not be violated at any cost.
In 2014 early, the Central government had increased the number of MBBS seats in three medical colleges of Jharkhand including that of RIMS. Its capacity of 150 went up to 200.
But in successive years, RIMS got engulfed in controversies for not filling up the seats provided for the STs. Just three years back, a similar instance was witnessed when the state health education and family welfare education departments failed to fill up 26 MBBS seats reserved for scheduled tribes.