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IGGMC Modernisation: High Court asks state govt to submit an undertaking before MCI by August 31 that it will improve facilities within a year

Written by Express News Service | Nagpur | Updated: April 8, 2014 4:08:25 pm

The Nagpur bench of the Bombay High Court has issued notices to four secretaries of the state government,including the chief secretary,for not complying with the court’s directive to submit a progress report about improving the conditions and facilities at the Indira Gandhi Government Medical College (IGGMC) here.

The notices were issued to Chief Secretary Jayant Banthia and the principal secretaries of finance,medical and education departments on Wednesday.

A plan to develop and improve the IGGMC has been hanging fire for many years now. The college lost 50 MBBS seats due to lack of progress on the front. Four petitions have been filed against the state government’s alleged inaction in the matter.

The Government Medical College at Akola too met a similar fate for similar faults,the court regretted.

A Division Bench comprising Justices Bhushan Gavai and Z A Haq pointed out “vagueness” in the government’s undertaking to take care of the lack of progress on many counts,such as construction of a women’s hostel and a multipurpose facility building,while not granting the increased quota of 50 seats to IGGMC and some other colleges.

“Why contempt proceedings should not be initiated against you for failure to submit the progress report sought from you,” the court notice to the four secretaries asks.

It also directed the government to submit an undertaking before the Medical Council of India before August 31 stating that it would improve the conditions and facilities within one year.

Announced many years ago,the Rs 253-crore modernisation plan for IGGMC has not taken off yet.

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