Odisha Sun Times Bureau
New Delhi/Bhubaneswar, May 11:
The Union Health Ministry today asked the Medical Council of India (MCI) to inspect Pandit Raghunath Murmu Medical College and Hospital in Odisha’s Mayurbhanj district and submit a report by May 24 so as to facilitate issuance of Letter of Permission (LoP) necessary to start academic session.
Union Health Minister JP Nadda, Union Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister JP Nadda, state Health Secretary PK Meherda, Union Health Secretary C K Mishra and other officials attended a meeting at New Delhi to resolve pending issues of the college.
This comes days after Odisha government moved Supreme Court-mandated Oversight Committee seeking its intervention as the MCI had not recommended LoP to Pandit Raghunath Murmu Medical College and Hospital for commencement of academic session.
Besides, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik had also written to JP Nadda seeking his intervention in the matter.
“A decision was taken to allow the MCI to inspect these colleges and submit a report by the May 24, 2017,” an official statement said.
Notably, Meherda informed that the state government has taken necessary action for compliance.
It may be recalled here that P K Meherda had written to secretary of Oversight Committee, Sekhar Kumar, terming it as “gross injustice” to PRM Medical College and Hospital, Baripada as MCI did not recommend for issuance of LoP despite complying with the formalities.
The state government pointed out that it had applied to the MCI for LoP in June 2016 for two new medical colleges – Saheed Laxman Nayak Medical College and Hospital in Koraput and Pandit Raghunath Murmu Medical College and Hospital in Baripada.
Following this, MCI team had visited the Koraput and Baripada in December 12 last year for inspection. While Koraput medical college got the LoP, the Baripada College did not get the mandatory approval casting doubts on students’ intake from this academic session.