Meghalaya chief minister Conrad K Sangma on Saturday called on union health and family welfare minister JP Nadda at his office in New Delhi and submitted a memorandum seeking his intervention to accord autonomy to North East Indira Gandhi Regional Institute of Health and Medical Science (NEIGRIHMS), Shillong.
The CM, later, said that the union minister has assured to look into the matter and have said that it was very important to accord autonomy to NEIGRIHMS, which will pave way for improvement and development to take place for the betterment of the prestigious healthcare institution in northeast India.
“According autonomy to NEIGRIHMS would go a long way in accelerating the development of medical and health care in the state and region,” Sangma said.
Conrad Sangma also raised the issue of de-recognition of MBBS course at NEIGRIHMS and pending payments which are to be released to different departments with Nadda.
“Nadda ji has assured to look into the issue at the earliest and has assured that process for recognition of MBBS will be resolved soon as well as payments to different departments will be released,” said the CM.
The CM said that the meeting with the union minister was fruitful and positive and government of India has assured full cooperation to further the facilities of healthcare services in Meghalaya and northeast.
Manipur health minister Jayanta Kumar also accompanied the Meghalaya CM during his meeting with the union health minister.
NEIGRIHMS, Shillong was set up as a postgraduate medical facility to provide quality health care services to the people of Meghalaya and the North Eastern region. NEIGRIHMS was setup on the lines of AIIMS, New Delhi and PGIMER, Chandigarh, which are autonomous institutes established under Acts of Parliament.
The centre has recently announcement setting up of new AIIMS in different parts of the country including one in Assam in the Northeast.