PMK leader denies withdrawal of JIPMER Bill

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Puducherry, Dec 10 (UNI) PMK Parliamentary party leader M Ramadass today claimed that JIPMER 2007 Bill was neither defeated nor withdrawn in the Rajya Sabha.

Addressing a press conference here, Prof Ramadass said eight members, including Ms Brinda Karat of CPI(M) and Mr Maitreyan of AIADMK, participated in the discussion on the bill on December five.

The AIADMK member opposed it, apprehending the possibility of JIPMER being converted into an autonomous institution.

However, there was no mention of granting autonomy to the institution in the bill, he said.

Health and Family Welfare Minister Anbumani Ramadoss had agreed to three of the four amendments suggested by Ms Karat in the bill.

The fourth suggestion would be placed before the Cabinet for its approval, Prof Ramadass said.

He ridiculed AIADMK state secretary A Anbazhagan's demand for the Health Minister's resignation and his comments that the Congress was playing a ''double game'' in the JIPMER issue.

Meanwhile, the JIPMER Anti-conversion Peoples Action Committee said in a press conference that the bill was withdrawn in the Rajya Sabha.

Stating that as many as 532 posts were vacant in JIPMER, Committee President and CPI(M) Tamil Nadu state council member T Murugan alleged that Dr Ramadoss had hindered filling up of the vacancies in a bid to convert the institution into an autonomous one.

He said the committee would stage a demonstration in front of the post office on the J N street here on December 15 to press the Centre to fill up all the vacant posts at the JIPMER.

Meanwhile, talking to newspersons, AIADMK state secretary A Anbazhagan reiterated his demand for the resignation of Dr Ramadoss and also demanded 50 per cent reservation for local students in MBBS admissions.


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