Raipur: Amidst controversy over acquisition of Chandulal Chandrakar Memorial (CCM) Medical College by state government, the ruling party has maintained that the decision has been taken in the larger interest of people in the state and for students of this college.
Chief minister Bhupesh Baghel had announced the acquisition of the college by state government in a programme organized in February this year on the occasion of the death anniversary of Late Chandulal Chandrakar. A committee of senior officers was constituted under the chairmanship of Chief Secretary to examine all aspects of acquisition at the government level. After the committee recommended the acquisition, a bill was prepared to take over the college and it was approved by the cabinet ministers.
There are still many students (future doctors) studying in Chandulal Chandrakar Memorial Medical College. The medical college is on the verge of closing down, due to which the future of the students studying there is uncertain. Acquisition of this medical college would produce 150 new doctors every year, a government spokesperson said.
The medical college will be acquired under the rules of land acquisition. Assessment of property is to be done only under the provisions of land acquisition. Instead of paying four times the guideline in rural areas, the cabinet has decided to evaluate it up to two times. No amount shall be paid or any other liability shall be incurred in addition to the amount so fixed. The government will not bear the burden of other legal, financial liability of the promoters of the medical college. The process would be completely transparent, officials said.
Meanwhile, in last several years, many measures have been taken and hundreds of crores have been spent to strengthen the health services in the state. The outbreak of the corona pandemic is likely to continue in future as well. Ensuring availability of doctors in rural areas is still a challenge. It takes 400 to 500 crore rupees and a period of 3 to 4 years to build a new medical college