Expressing his helplessness, Deka said: "Why are they against me? Contrary to popular perception, I do not have any financial powers nor do I get something extra."
The government documents declaring his appointment as dean reads: "Dr R.C. Deka will be entitled to a special pay of Rs.500 (Rupees five hundred only) per month for the duration he acts as Dean (Academics), AIIMS."
According to sources at the AIIMS, Venugopal, K.K. Talwar and Deka were short listed for the post of director in 2003.
Venugopal was selected for the post for five years, sidelining his retirement age, apparently, according to some, due to his proximity with the then central government.
"Since then Venugopal and Deka have not been very good friends," said a senior faculty member, adding the former broke the AIIMS protocol in place since 1962 by appointing an acting director other than the dean. "It's an insult to the dean."
Venugopal, while proceeding on leave last week, appointed forensic science department head T.D. Dogra as acting director even as Health Minister Anbumani Ramadoss chose Deka for the job.
Ramadoss and Venugopal are at loggerheads over the issue of autonomy of the institute. The Delhi High Court has sought their versions of the dispute.
While the director had accused the ministry of eroding the autonomy of the AIIMS, the minister has hit back, saying his critics have turned the country's leading medical institute into a 'political hub'.
Dismissing charges of violation of AIIMS autonomy, Deka said since the government was allocating over Rs.4 billion to the institute every year, it has every right to know about the heads of expenditure.
"They (government) are not interfering with either academic activities or research works. As per rules they have the right to know about administrative matters of the institute," Deka said.
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