Aizawl (zoramoserver.com): The central government has recently cut down or reduced the number of medical seat allotment for Mizoram under central pool quota.
Sources said that the central government by notification has reduced allotment of Bachelor of Medicine & Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) seat under the central pool quota for Mizoram by 8. Whereas the number of medical seat allotment for Meghalaya has been shot up by 16 and that of Nagaland by 4.
During the fiscal 2016-2017, the number of medical seat allotment for Mizoram under central pool quota was 25 which was reduced to 17 in 2017-2018 which means a reduction by 8 seats. With this Mizoram has only 29 seats in MBBS and 10 seats in BDS under central pool and NEC quota for the period 2017-2018. This year it has 38 seats in MBBS and 10 seats in BDS.
Officials of Mizoram Higher & Technical Education said that they were unaware of the reason as to why the number of medical seat allotment has been reduced by 8 seats over the preceding year.
They said that they have not received official intimation from Ministry of Health & Family Welfare about reduction of seat allotment except it was seen on the ministry official website.
Meanwhile, Higher & Technical Education Minister R. Romawia and H & TE Commissioner Benjamin have left for New Delhi on Monday to meet Ministry of Health & Family Welfare minister Jagat Prakash Nadda over medical seat allotment.
Romawia said that they will meet the union minister and ask him to increase seat allotment for Mizoram.
“The reduction in medical seat allocation is regrettable as Mizoram face acute shortage of doctors. We are going to appeal the union minister to increase the allotment,” he said.
The two MPs from Mizoram CL Ruala and Ronald Sapa Tlau also on Monday tried to meet Nadda but failed as the latter was out of station. The two MPs instead met joint secretary Arun Singhal and apprised him of their grievances over seat allotment.
Meanwhile, Mizoram’s apex student body, Mizo Zirlai Pawl (MZP) has blamed the centre and expressed disappointment over drastic decrease in allocation of medical seat for Mizoram.
A statement issued by L. Ramdinliana Renthlei, the general secretary of MZPon Tuesday said that while medical seat allotment for Mizoram under central pool quota in previous years were made between 25 to 27, the allotment for 2017-18 has been reduced to 17. Moreover unlike previous years, seat allotment were made in low ranking medical colleges across the country, the statement said and asked the central government as to why seat allotment has been reduced to such less number.
Terming the centre decision as an insult and instance of impudent contempt to Zo ethnic people of Mizoram, the student body said it took strong exception to the action of central government while the need for doctor is strongly felt in Mizoram.
“The central government, if continue to ignore and give a step motherly treatment to Mizoram, the MZP would not hesitate to negotiate with China which could show sympathy to Mizoram and give importance to the need of Zo ethnic people,” the statement said.
The student body also thanked the state government for taking immediate step over medical seat allotment. It also appealed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and union health minister Jagat Prakash Nadda asking them to re-instate the same number of medical seat allotted to Mizoram in the preceding years.