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Academic session for first ever medical college in Manipur’s hill district to start this year

Manipur Health Minister said the recruitment of Professors may be completed latest by August this year. 

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Imphal: Health & Family Welfare Minister Dr. Sapam Ranjan has assured the Manipur Legislative Assembly Thursday that the academic session of the Medical College Churachandpur is expected to start this year. 

On the 4th day of the ongoing second session of the 12th Manipur Legislative Assembly Thursday, replying to a question raised by MLA Surjakumar Okram, Minister Ranjan said, the academic session of the first-ever Medical College in the hill areas of Manipur will commence once the Letter of Permission (LOP) is given by National Medical Commission (NMC). He said the application for LOP is in the processing stage and once the approval is given, the academic session will begin. 

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He said the construction works of required infrastructures have almost been completed and installations of equipment are in progress. He said, the recruitment of Professors may be completed latest by August this year. 

Replying to another question raised by MLA L.M. Khaute, Dr. Ranjan Singh said, Rs.15 lakhs have been sanctioned for the construction of the Multi-Drug Resistant TB Centre at Churachandpur District Hospital. The work is in progress and may be completed within a short period.

Public Health Engineering Minister L. Sushindro informed the House that steps had been taken up to ease the water scarcity in Ukhrul town. Replying to a question raised by MLA Ram Muivah, the Minister said, to ease the scarcity of water during the lean season, the Ukhrul PHE division has engaged water tankers to supply water to the public as well as government buildings, hospitals and schools. 

As long-term measures, the installation of hand pumps at 38 locations and pumping arrangement have been included in the ongoing water supply project at Ukhrul district headquarters under New Development Bank (NDB) funding. Replying to another question raised by MLA Kh. Joykisan Singh, the Minister said, Phase II of the Imphal Sewerage Project will benefit people as the work of the phase will be completed within two years. Regretting inconveniences faced by the people, he said, the tender process of five packages under the phase has been started and the work will be completed within the stipulated time.

Water Resources Minister Awangbow Newmai assured the House that construction works of the left and right canal of Dolai Thabi Project will be completed by December this year. 

Replying to a question raised by Th. Lokeshwar Singh, MLA, he said problems pertaining to the works will be solved shortly. He said compensation to 203 pattadars has been distributed and remaining compensation of 39 pattadars has also been deposited to Deputy Commissioner, Imphal East. 

Replying to another question raised by MLA L.M. Khaute, the Minister said, the department is planning to provide a tapping point from Khuga Dam to augment supply of drinking water in Churachandpur/Lamka and its surroundings.

Works Minister Govindas Konthoujam replying to a question raised by Kh. Joykisan Singh said that the total length of the State Highways in Manipur is 552.82 kms. and within this length, 163.10 km. needs to be renovated/blacktopped at present. 

Replying to another question raised by Ram Muivah, MLA, the Minister said, the construction works of Imphal-Ukhrul (NH-202) will be completed by June 2023. He said the compensation to the affected families due to widening the road, especially in Litan Sareikhong sector, is yet to be distributed.

Education Minister Th. Basantakumar Singh said that steps have been taken up to ensure that Dhanamanjuri University becomes a full-fledged University. Replying to a calling attention motion moved by Kh. Joykisan and Surjakumar Okram, the Minister said, with the establishment of the University on April 6, 2018, a regular Vice Chancellor has been appointed and recruitment of other administrative posts is also in the process. 

Minster Basantakumar further said, above the existing 600 teaching and non-teaching posts of the University, more posts are required and recruitment processes have also been started. New infrastructures have been developed and most of the works have been completed. 

Regarding the recent agitation by the teachers, he said, talks have been initiated with the teachers and assured them of fulfilling their demands. Classes have been resumed and examinations are on, he added. 

Earlier moving the motion, Kh. Joykisan Singh drew the attention of the House over the class boycott by the teachers of the University and urged the Minister to look into the issue seriously as it relates directly to the academic career of the students. Surjakumar Okram also drew the attention of the House in this regard..

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