Bhumi Puja for Ratabari Medical College in December, claims MLA Bijay Malakar
‘Bhumi Puja’ for the proposed medical college in Karimganj district would be performed at Ratabari in the last part of December or in the first week of January
SILCHAR: 'Bhumi Puja' for the proposed medical college in Karimganj district would be performed at Ratabari in the last part of December or in the first week of January, claiming this Ratabari MLA Bijay Malakar said the Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma had asked him to start preparation for the programme. Chief Minister will attend the foundation stone laying programme, Malakar said on Sunday.
Decision of setting up the medical college in a remote place like Ratabari has been strongly opposed by a large section of the people of Karimganj town. A citizen meet held last week vehemently opposed the move as they argued that Ratabari had very poor road connectivity and as such neither the students nor the common people of the region would be benefited even after setting up of the medical college.
Speakers in the meet said that if necessary they would resort to agitation and demanded that the medical college should be set up at the town area or its vicinity where the basic infrastructure like road-rail connectivity and bank facilities were available. Karimganj MLA Kamalakha Dey Purkayastha said the present government was never serious about real benefit of Barak Valley and the decision to set the medical college in Ratabari was a clear instance.
"Our demand is simple. Set up the medical college in such a place which has easy road and rail connectivity. We have no bad vibe for Ratabari but the reality is the place lacks basic infrastructure," Purkayastha said. He said, health care service in the bordering district was in a very bad shape, a medical college had been a long due project. Such a college should be set up in a place which had smooth connectivity, he pointed out. Purkayastha said, if the government continues its whimsical process, then the people of Karimganj would be bound to resort to mass agitation.
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