Raipur: The Acquisition Bill regarding Chandulal Chandrakar Memorial Medical College (CCMMC), Durg, was passed in the Chhattisgarh Assembly with voice votes on the fourth day of Assembly’s Monsoon Session, on Thursday. Meanwhile, an amendment to the Bill was proposed by BJP MLA Brijmohan Agrawal who demanded settlement of liabilities and protection of interest of employees working with the medical college. However, the Division of Votes on the amendment proposal remained 16:56. While 16 votes were done in favour of the amendment, 56 votes went against the amendment.
Earlier, Health Minister TS Singhdeo introduced the Acquisition Bill in the House. BJP MLA Brijmohan Agrawal said, “Such things could not be expected from you, Singhdeo Ji.” In response, Singhdeo said, “You people name us Jai-Veeru when I was discussing something important with the Chief Minister in the House. Now Jai-Veeru is together and it seems you are hurt with this. The Chief Minister had made the announcement, and now another is helping to implement it.”
On BJP MLA Shivratan Sharma’s Jai-Veeru remark, SInghdeo said that the condition of this Jai will not be like that.
Opposing the Bill, former Chief Minister Dr. Raman Singh said that it has become clear in the Supplementary Budget that the financial condition of the state is not good and government plans to take over the debt-ridden medical college in such a situation. There is a district hospital of 600 beds in Durg, how much time will it take to upgrade it. Student interest is nowhere to be seen in this. Dr. Singh said that on April 12, 2018, the Medical Council of India (MCI), now National Medical Commission (NMC), had recommended not to recognize the Medical College. The MCI had said that the admission of students for 2015-16 is valid only. No student got admission after 2015-16. 55 students from the college moved to the High Court and petitioned that they should be shifted to another medical college. This is the actual condition of this college. The total debt of Chandulal Chandrakar Medical College is Rs 125 crore. This medical college has been accused of fraud, said Dr. Singh. The former Chief Minister said that the medical college which is being acquired has already been sold to Rungta Group which had paid an advance of Rs 35 crore and the matter is still pending in the court. The valuation of the medical college is just 20 to 22 crores. A bank loan is due, said Dr. Singh.
Dr. Singh further said that the Board of Directors of the Medical College mortgaged it in the bank to buy the land of the medical college. This whole matter will get stuck in the Court process. He said that the Central government gives 75% of the share for the new medical college. If the government has to open a medical college, then it can open many such colleges.
Congress MLA Mohan Markam said that the government has taken care of the students. The Governor had also instructed the government that the government should take care of the students.
BJP MLA Brijmohan Agarwal said that this bill has been brought to fulfill the interests of the directors of a company. More than fifty engineering colleges are closed down in Chhattisgarh. The government is not paying attention to this. More than 1000 industries are shut. Can this government acquire these colleges and industries for the sake of students and common people?
Leader of Opposition Dharamlal Kaushik said that there is no transparency in the acquisition of the medical college.
Janta Congress Chhattisgarh-J MLA Devvrat Singh also came in support of the Bill. Congress MLA Vinay Jaiswal said that Chhattisgarh will get 150 doctors every year once the medical college gets functional.
BJP MLA Shivratan Sharma said, it has been said that the employees of the medical college should not be taken in government service, but before that whenever the acquisition has taken place, the employees have been taken in government service. Chandulal Chandrakar's grandson has moved the court against this acquisition. This acquisition is being done not for the students but for their owners, he said.
Every distt should have a medical college
Health Minister Singhdeo said that Chandulal Chandrakar Memorial Medical College Bill has been presented in the House with the permission of the Governor. The state government has plans to open medical colleges in every Lok Sabha seat of Chhattisgarh. At present, nine Lok Sabha seats have already medical colleges. Two seats are left, but soon these seats will have medical colleges. “As per Central government plans, every district of the country should have a medical college. We will do it in the future depending upon the condition,” said T S Singhdeo. Singh Deo said that the students of Chandulal Chandrakar Medical College came and met him many times. The main aim of the government is to serve the citizens of Chhattisgarh. “We can start work from now in Chandulal Chandrakar Medical College. This medical college has 150 seats approved by MCI. Its recognition has not expired. Zero years is declared, recognition does not end. This organization is in function. There is no better option than this in less time. We have estimated Rs 140 crore to run this institution in a year,” said Singh Deo