Ramadoss: An Embarrassment for UPA

Ever since Dr Anbumani Ramadoss has taken the charge of the health ministry he has been directly involved in lots of controversies. The recent judgement by the Supreme Court declaring the AIIMS amendment act as a void is yet another setback for the minister. The verdict came after Dr Venugopal challenged his removal as AIIMS Director following an amendment moved by Union Health Minister Ambumani Ramadoss to fix 65 years as the upper age limit for the post.
It is belived that Ramadoss forced parliament to bring amendment in AIIMS Act to remove Dr. Venugopal. Dr Venugopal was removed from AIIMS in 2007. The AIIMS Amendment Act was passed by the Parliament in August 2007. The health minister of this UPA government has done everything wrong as far as medicos are concerned. The battle between medicos and Anbumani Ramadoss started in the year 2006 after the quota agitation and since then Ramadoss is at loggerheads with the autonmous and premeier institute of AIIMS. Anbumani Ramadoss is doing everything to ensure that he remains in some lime light but in doing so, he is maligning the image of AIIMS and health ministry and it is high time that Dr Manmohan Singh takes some stern action against him.
Dr Ramadoss junior has been in the eye of a storm for urging film and sports stars to not endorse soft drinks; for stuffing AIIMS with his cronies; for publicly contesting United Nations figures on AIDS in India; Dr Ramadoss had no time to sign degrees and hence student’s got their certificates of merit late and that too after intervention of court; increasing the tenure of MBBS; and for advocating statutory warnings for smoking on screen. He is targeting Shahrukh Khan and Amitabh Bachchan for various stupid reasons and has just lost his balance somewhere it seems.
The UPA and Congress is trying to put a brave face up but the verdict has certainly showed the dishonest and malafide intentions of the minister. Anbumani Ramadoss has brazenly said that there is no question of his resigning over the SC verdict. The health minister has made AIIMS a playground to play the dirtiest of politics.
But this verdict might start a fresh debate in political arena to clip the wings of the Judiciary in the country. Few of the political parties have already said that judiciary is intervening too much in the working of the parliament. As Ramadoss waits to study the verdict we may see fresh confrontations between Judiciary and Parliament. Politicians argue that laws passed by parliament should be protected from judicial review since MPs are the people’s representatives. But then Supreme Court is the custodian of the Constitution. Any decision to clip the wings of the court may lead to same scenes that we saw in Pakistan after removal of Chief Justice. Whatever be the case the fact remains that Dr Ramadoss is and embarrassment for UPA and should be removed as soon as possible.