"I have directed the concerned officials to lodge an FIR against the college management for violation of norms and obstructing the government officers from discharging their duties", Himachal Pradesh Health and Family Welfare Minister Kaul Singh Thakur said, adding that the college was already embroiled in controversies.

The minister added that government would file an FIR against a private medical college for not allowing the inspection team of Directorate of Medical Education (DME) to discharge its duties.

Maharishi Markandeshwar Medical College, a newly established private medical college in the district, has not allowed the DME inspection team to enter its premises and resorted to violence.

Thakur also said that the government is contemplating to merge the teaching cadre of two government run medical colleges IGMC (Shimla) and Dr RP Medical College (Tanda) and fresh legal opinion is being sought in the matter.

Referring to reduction of 85 MBBS seats in the two government Medical Colleges, the minister said, "We want to improve the services at both the premier institutions and rationalize the services of faculty members in a better manner by merging the cadres of two medical colleges".

Thakur said that the decision of the BJP government to separate the cadres of two medical colleges has not served the desired purpose but created new problems as some of the doctors, whose work was not satisfactory, can't be shifted from their positions.

Referring to ESI medical college and hospital coming up at Ner Chowk (Mandi), Thakur said he recently met the Union Labour Minister and asked for starting classes but there is now a fresh proposal to hand over the college to the Ministry of Health.

Thakur further said that he has submitted a proposal to convert the college and hospital into AIIMS as government will provide requite land for its expansion.

(JPN/Agencies)

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