U.T. govt. may increase medical college intake

The government is taking steps to increase the number of seats by at least 50 at the Indira Gandhi Government Medical College, Chief Minister V. Narayanasamy told the Assembly on Wednesday.

Replying to a query raised by the chief whip R.K.R. Anantharaman, the Chief Minister said more funds were needed to improve the infrastructure and recruit more staff, including doctors, at the medical college.

The Chief Minister agreed to consider the member’s suggestion to provide 25% seats on self-financing mode to avail more funds for the development of the college.

New courses

The Medical Council of India recently inspected the college to start M.S. courses.

Once the MCI approval was secured, at least 10 courses would be started, the Chief Minister said.

To another question by Parliamentary Secretary to Chief Minister K. Lakshminarayanan, Mr. Narayanasamy said a decision had been taken to involve the manufacturer of medical equipment for its maintenance.

The maintenance job was earlier outsourced but the government was not satisfied with the work, he added.

Mr. Lakshminarayanan, in his query, had pointed out shortcomings in the functioning of medical equipment and supply of medicine.

To a question by All India N.R. Congress legislator T.P.R. Selvam, Social Welfare Minister M. Kandasamy said the government was firm on re-opening the Lingareddypalayam Sugar Mill.

Revival of sugar mill

The mill had incurred a loss of Rs. 120 crore. The government was exploring various options, including roping in private players to manage the mill.

The member said the government had given several assurances to re-open the mill. Employees had expressed their willingness to opt for voluntary retirement scheme.

The government had even failed to take a decision on VRS, he added.

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