Aizawl: The opposition Congress on Thursday strongly slammed the state government headed by chief minister Zoramthanga for renaming the state’s first medical college — Mizoram Institute of Medical Education and Research (MIMER) — as Zoram Medical College, saying the move was against the Cabinet’s decision taken earlier to oppose renaming any monument after a living person.

Located at Falkawn, about 16 km from Aizawl, MIMER was inaugurated by former chief minister Lal Thanhawla on August 7 last year. The medical college began classes with intake of 100 students for three courses-anatomy, physiology and biochemistry from August 8 last year.

A statement issued by the youth wing of the Congress said that the state Cabinet meeting chaired by chief minister Zoramthanga on Monday had renamed MIMER as Zoram Medical College (ZMC) which was against its decision taken in its first meeting held after assuming power in December that no public buildings or monuments should be named after a person who is alive.

“The renaming of MIMER as Zoram Medical College goes against the cabinet decision as it goes by the nickname of chief Minister Zoramthanga, who is also called as Zoram,” the statement said.

The ruling Mizo National Front (MNF) and the Congress were earlier vied with each other to take credit for the medical college after it was opened on August 7 last year.

While the Congress claimed that all the key infrastructure for the medical college were built during its rule, the MNF claimed that the medical college could become a reality owing to its relentless efforts.

The Congress youth wing also alleged that many contract works awarded during the Congress government were cancelled by the MNF government.

Citing that there is no free and fair recruitment under the MNF government, the youth wing also alleged that the state government decided to recruit 946 teachers for primary and middle schools in violation of the recruitment rules to favour party workers.

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