HP to set up Medical University at ESIC Hospital Ner Choke Mandi


Himachal Pradesh Health Minister Kaul Singh Thakur today disclosed that the State Government would set up the first Medical University in Mandi district as the State Cabinet took this decision unanimously to established this facility at ESIC Medical College Ner Choke already had fully furnished Rs 850 Cr building there.


Mr. Thakur intervened (in the budget discussion in absence of Chief Minister Mr. Virbhadra Singh) alleged that speech delivered by the BJP local MLA Mr. Suresh Bhardwaj on the Budget discussion stink partisan and regionalism as decision to set up Medical University was rational and cabinet decided it with long deliberation.


“There are four parliamentary segments in the state and each had one or more than one university, national and state education institution or recruitment board baring Mandi did not have a single university or institution .” Mr. Thakur said. Minister said that Shimla is State capital of Himachal Pradesh and there is no question to shift the capital from here. He said that Dharamshala is already declared and functioning as winter capital never given special preference.


Mr. Thakur said that Indra Gandhi Medical College Hospital never discriminate by the present government and Level-one -Rs 56 Cr Trauma Centre being set up in IGMC as the two flour of new complex would be dedicated for the centre. He said that a central team visited IGMC recently and given the report that it could not housed Rs. 100 Cr. Super Speciality center for which state had shortlisted 150 bigha land at Malana in the outskirt of town.


Earlier targeting Cong government to undermine his assembly segment, Mr. Bhardwaj said that Shimla has been remained capital of India, Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka and it has been capital of Punjab, Himachal Pradesh and Haryana. He said that number of department were being shifted to Dharamshala however some of Ministers stated it publicly that that they did not informed in the cabinet meeting to declared Dharamshala second Capital. Government did not delivered the Agenda of meeting to cabinet ministers and took this decision arbitrarily.


Mr. Bhardwaj also cordoned treasury benches when he said that IGMC was first contenders for the Medical University moreover specialists doctors are being shifted to Medical College Nahan. He also pointed out that two story parking was build up during the BJP rule in 2003 at Yodha Niwas in Shimla. The parking lot could not be developed further as it need felling of two green tree in the parking objected by the Cong. He questioned that why same trees were now felled to further expend the parking.


He also pointed out that trees were felled at Taradevi forest however no action has been taken. He also pointed out that Government taken partisan approach after shortlisting Dharamshala in Smart Citi Project. He said that government did not compete townships properly before shortlisting it for the national project . BJP member alleged that on behalf of Chief Minister Centre Government after giving 95 marks to the Dharamshala ignoring Shimla.


He said that during the Snowfall on Jan 6 and 7 this year people of town remained without power, electricity and water. He alleged that chairman of State Disaster Management Board Mr. Rajinder Rana did not visit town and keep on giving statement on demonetisation from Jalandhar of Punjab. The town remained in dark on broad day light for more than two weeks however Chief Minister went on Kangra tour and Deputy Commissioner was also out of town.

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ML Verma is a Senior journalist, with more than a decade of experience of active reporting for electronic media, news agencies and fast paced online media.

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