New Delhi, Sept.1: Mandi Member of Parliament Pratibha Singh met Union Labour and Employment Minister Sis Ram Ola here recently, and requested him to provide liberal funds for the infrastructure development of the Rs. 1000 crore ESI Medical College and Hospital at Ner Chowk in Mandi.
She also asked him to start admissions for 100 seats of M B B S course from next academic year and offered attachment of a 300-bed zonal hospital Mandi for clinical facilities till the construction work on ESI Medical College and Hospital is not completed.
She said that the state government is willing to sign a Memorandum of Understanding with the Union Ministry on this issue, under which the ESI Medical College and Hospital can ultilise all equipments, machinery , manpower and infrastructure of zonal hospital Mandi for academic purposes for facilitating the study of medical students till such facilities are not created in ESI Medical College and Hospital at Ner Chowk.
Singh said that the state government has provided 31 acres land to the ESI at a token lease of Rs. 1.00 for 99 years.
She said that the institution would be instrumental in providing specialised medical services to the common hilly people and requested Ola to start joint ventures between central and state governments to set up ESI hospital and medical colleges in Sirmour, Solan, Una and Kangra districts and offered free land and other infrastructural facilities to set these up for the benefit of common citizens and ESIC beneficiaries.
Singh said that the state government has already requested the Union Health Ministry to grant the essentiality certificate to this college as per relaxed provision so as to make it functional, besides attaching it with the existing 300-bed zonal hospital at Mandi
The Employees’ State Insurance Corporation Hospital (ESIC) would benefit ESI scheme beneficiaries as well common citizens of the Mandi District and surrounding areas, she added.
She informed that 50 per cent of the seats in the medical college would be reserved for bonafide students of Himachal Pradesh
She said that the institution would be instrumental in providing specialised medical services to the common people.
She also requested Ola to provide funds under Grants in Aid Schemes to voluntary organisations and NGOs to take up action-oriented projects for the benefit of women labour, particularly in industrial areas like Baddi -Barotiwala,,Paonta Sahib and Kala Amb etc., to start projects relating to awareness generation campaigns for women labour, in the area of wages, like minimum wages, equal remuneration, etc. to disseminate information on various schemes of central and state government agencies available for the benefit of women labour. (ANI)