Meghalaya ‘unhappy’ with Assam’s move to allot only 2 MBBS seats to state

Meghalaya ‘unhappy’ with Assam’s move to allot only 2 MBBS seats to state

 By Our Reporter, TNT News | Shillong, July 12, 2018:

Meghalaya Health and Family Welfare Minister, AL Hek on Thursday shot a letter to his counterpart in Assam, Himanta Biswa Sarma, expressing discontentment over the decision of the Assam Government to allot only two MBBS seats to Meghalaya this year.

Stating that this decision of the Assam government is not in accordance with the agreement at the time of the bifurcation of the Assam state, Hek said that Assam needs to re-consider its decision.

Speaking to media persons here on Wednesday, the state health minister informed that he recently received a letter from the Assam government informing that only two MBBS seats will be allotted to Meghalaya.

Acting swiftly, the Meghalaya government on Thursday sent letter to Assam government demanding 10 MBBS seats for Meghalaya.

Hek said that 10 seats should be reserved for Meghalaya — four in Assam Medical College, four in Guwahati Medical College and two in Silchar Medical College — as per the agreement at the time of the bifurcation of the Assam state.

"Last year, the Assam government allotted only two seats. The Meghalaya government had to approach the court. With the Supreme Court's verdict, we got back all the 10 seats," Hek said.

Hek informed that he had earlier discussed the matter with Sarma over the telephone but he was asked to send the matter in writing, the letter of which was sent by the Meghalaya health minister today.

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