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MNF claims credit for MiMER, Congress hits back

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MNF claims credit for MiMER, Congress hits back

Aizawl: Main opposition the Mizo National Front (MNF) legislator Lalruatkima on Monday claimed that all the key infrastructures for the recently inaugurated Mizoram Institute of Medical Education and Research (MIMER) were built by the MNF even as the ruling Congress was taking pride in the establishment of the first medical college in the state.

MIMER is the first medical college in Mizoram established by the state government at the state’s Referral Hospital on the outskirt of Aizawl under the centrally sponsored scheme, “Establishment of new medical colleges attached with existing district/referral hospitals”.

It was inaugurated by Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla on 7 August.

The lawmaker from Aizawl West-II said that barring huge welcome gate, all the infrastructures for the establishment of the medical college were built during MNF period.

“Except for constructing a huge gate, the ruling Congress government has done nothing and did not construct even at least 10 buildings for the medical college. It should tell us which of the building it has constructed,” Lalruatkima said.

According to the MLA, the Centre has sanctioned Rs 138.18 crore and under the New Economic Development Policy (NEDP) the state government allocated Rs 20 crore for the establishment of the medical college.

Though there was involvement of huge money under the Congress government, the MNF has done works far better than the Congress with just Rs 40 crore received from the Centre, he said.

Lalruatkima’s claim for credit drew quick reaction from the ruling Congress, which in counterclaim, said the credit for the medical college goes to the ruling state government.

Hitting out at the MLA, Congress in a statement on Tuesday said he was speaking in delirium and was bringing shame upon himself when he claimed that all the key infrastructures for the medical college were built by the MNF government.

The state PCC said that the infrastructures, which the opposition MLA have talked about must have been State Referral Hospital and not the medical college.

It said that construction work on the State Referral Hospital was started by the MNF government in 1999 with Rs 40 crore received by the Congress government in its previous term from the Centre.

However, the MNF gave priority to staff quarter and ignored the main hospital, Congress said.

It alleged that because of the mistake made by the MNF government, the state referral hospital, which was designed to be equipped with 500 beds was turned into 50 bedded hospital due to which the Centre government refused to make further sanction for the hospital.

Congress also said that the referral hospital was once turned into poultry firm and weaving centre under the MNF rule.

It claimed that the medical college was turned into reality due to collective efforts of Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla, his cabinet colleagues and officials.

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Mr. Khojol is a journalist based in Aizawl, Mizoram. He writes for various national and regional media houses. In his free time, he can be caught reading books and watching movies.

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