Himachal MP demands 1000 crore for Medical College in Mandi

New Delhi: Mandi M P Mrs Pratibha Singh met union labour and employment minister Mr. Sis Ram Ola in New Delhi and requested him to start MBBS classes at ESI Medical College and Hospital Ner Chowk from academic year 2014-15. She requested him to provide liberal funds for infrastructure development of Rs. 1000 crore ESI Medical College and Hospital at Ner Chowk, Mandi, Himachal Pradesh. She requested him to start admissions for 100 seats of MBBS course from next academic year and offered attachment of 300 bed zonal hospital Mandi for clinical facilities till the construction work on ESI Medical College and Hospital is not completed.

She told that state government is willing to sign Memorandum of understanding with union ministry on this issue under which the ESI Medical College and Hospital can utilize all the equipments, machinery, manpower and infrastructure of Zonal hospital Mandi  for academic purpose for facilitating the study of medical students till such facilities are not created in ESI Medical College and Hospital at Ner Chowk.

Mrs. Pratibha Singh said that state government has provided 31 acres land to ESI at a token lease of Rs. 1.00 for 99 years lease. She said that the institution would be instrumental in providing specialized medical services to the common hilly people and requested the union minister to start joint ventures between Centre and the State Government to set up ESI hospital and Medical Colleges in Sirmour, Solan, Una and Kangra districts and offered free land and other infrastructural facilities to set up new ESI Medical College and Hospital in the state which will benefit common citizens and ESIC benificieries.

Mrs. Pratibha Singh said that the State Government has already requested union health ministry to grant essentiality certificate to this College as per relaxed provision so as to make it functional besides attaching it with the existing 300 bedded Zonal Hospital at Mandi. The Employees’ State Insurance Corporation Hospital (ESIC) would benefit the ESI scheme beneficiaries as well common citizens of the Mandi districts and surrounding areas, she added and told that Fifty per cent of the seats in the medical college will be reserved to bonafide students of Himachal Pradesh.

She said that the institution would be instrumental in providing specialized medical services to the common people and added that it is joint venture of Centre and the State Government to start ESI Hospital and Medical College in district Mandi, Himachal Pradesh.

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