Maoist lawmakers: Review decision

- BINOD GHIMIRE, Kathmandu

Jan 11, 2015-

UCPN (Maoist) lawmakers have registered a petition in the parliamentary Committee on Women, Children, Elderly Citizens and Social Welfare, demanding revision of its decision to direct the Education Ministry to grant affiliation to new medical colleges.

Maoist lawmakers, including Agni Sapkota, head of the Education Department in the Maoist party; Asha Koirala, who also leads Women Sub-Committee in Parliament and DR Poudel on Friday registered the petition at the committee claiming that the decision was taken at the behest of the CPN-UML lawmakers without consulting them. They have also demanded that the panel call a meeting be called immediately.

A meeting of the committee on December 28 had directed the Education Ministry to grant affiliation to all the medical and engineering colleges which have acquired the Letter of Intent (LoI) from the government. The committee tried to justify its decision saying that new medical and engineering colleges need to be established in order to check capital flight in the name of overseas degrees and to develop technical expertise in the country.

The Maoist lawmakers have claimed that the decision was taken in their absence under pressure from UML lawmakers Rajendra Pandey and Dr Bansidhar Mishra, who are also prime shareholders of Manmohan Memorial Institute of Health Sciences. “As the decision was made without consultations, we have demanded the chairperson to revise it,” Koirala told the Post. UML lawmaker Ranju Jha chairs the committee, while Ganesh Man Gurung, also from the UML heads the sub-committee.

Over three dozen lawmakers started a signature campaign last month to pressure the government to grant affiliation to Manmohan, which is waiting permission to run the MBBS classes. The Education Ministry has so far awarded LoI to 11 medical colleges.

Published: 12-01-2015 09:15

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