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Kerala: Pariyaram medical college not to be taken over by the government

Kerala: The present state government has arrived at decision to not take over the Pariyaram medical college. The earlier decision was to bring the Pariyaram Medical College under the cooperative sector. The decision has been taken in view of shortage of funds, besides other legal impediments on the matter of takeover of the college.

The decision has been confirmed through an announcement in order of the health ministry. This announcement came to respond to a plea by a local action committee concerning the matter. It cited financial and legal hindrance for the process.

The action committee is reported to have started an agitation earlier, to demand takeover of the college. Now, it has threatened that the agitation will continue. This development has been confirmed after the action committee examined the legal aspects on the GO.

As reported by Hindu, the order, dated June 28, said though the government had examined the takeover matter in detail in consultation with the Finance and Law Departments, it found that it was not easy to clear the impediments, mainly financial, and legal issues involved in bringing the medical college and allied institutions under the government control or as an autonomous institution.

In addition it implied that the government had not yet completely taken a policy decision on the matter of a take-over of the said medical college. Therefore, the action committee, representation by D. Surendranath, convener, also an activist demanding a final action on the matter, has been rejected.

He is also reported to have approached the HC filing a writ petition on the matter. HC, in turn, directed the state government to decide on the representation.

When contacted by Hindu, Mr. Surendranath said that the action committee would go ahead with the agitation demanding the government takeover of the college. The committee was also planning to explore legal options to press its demand, he added.

Source: with inputs from Hindu
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