HP urges the Centre to waive off interest levied on equipment cost

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    Himachal Pradesh urged the Centre to waive off 10 percent interest rates being charged on Rs 285 Cr on setting up the equipment on ESIC medical colleges at Ner Chowk in Mandi district.

    Replying to the query of BJP member Mr. Gulab Singh, Himachal Pradesh health and family welfare minister Mr.  Kaul Singh Thakur said the State Government wanted to take over the ESIC medical college in Ner Chowk, Mandi and make it functional as early as possible.

    “The Labour ministry then had announced 12 ESIC medical colleges in the country, out of which one was declared in Mandi.” He said the building was inaugurated on March 5, 2014, just before the Parliament polls were announced. He said the MCI team had also inspected the buildings and had talked about some gaps.

    He said the Labour ministry had already spent Rs 765 Crore on the building. “The State Government is ready to take over the college now, but the issue is stuck on the 10% interest of Rs 285 Crores on setting up the equipment required for the college. The state government is ready to pay Rs 285 Crore in instalments, but the interest amount should be waived. I request the BJP to help the State Government take up the issue with NDA Government effectively,” he said.

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