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Ranchi, Jan. 9: The government will move a proposal for amendment in Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) Act in the next Assembly session.

As reported by The Telegraph earlier, the government has initiated the process to amend the Act, clipping the wings of the governing body and the chief secretary who heads it at present.

Chief minister Arjun Munda has given his consent on the proposal.

The modification proposal envisages that chief secretary will no longer be the head of the governing body and instead the health minister will head it. Health secretary will be the vice-chairperson of the governing body. Chief secretary P.P. Sharma informed the special Assembly committee on RIMS, which met here today under the chairmanship of Speaker Inder Singh Namdhari, that a few formalities are to be completed after which the proposal will be sent to the Assembly during the next session for approval. The meeting was also attended by the committee members and officials of the health department and RIMS.

Health secretary Shivendu told at the meeting, convened to review the progress of the committee in the past six months, that the process of appointment of a permanent director was almost over and a new director would be appointed before March 31.

Namdhari, at the meeting, wanted to know why RIMS could not restore its lost glory in the past four years. On this, Sharma named various reasons for it. He took responsibility for the shortcomings and assured him that these would be overcome shortly.

Sources said the health department had sent a proposal to the government after about one-and-half years suggesting modifications in the Act for better functioning and coordination of the premier health institution.

RIMS became an autonomous body on August 15, 2002. But the experience has not been good. The governing body has not been able to take proper care of the institution, sources said.

The government wants that an important post like RIMS governing body chairperson should be headed by a public representative, as has been the practice in many states. Besides, there are may flaws in the Act, which need to be corrected and therefore the modifications.

The government wants RIMS to develop on the lines of Delhis All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) but the present RIMS Act has some basic differences with the AIIMS Act. According to the AIIMS Act, the health minister happens to be the chairperson of the AIIMS governing body, said an official.

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