Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma addressing the public on Diphu Medical College campus Credit: Twitter

Diphu: Amid the 12-hour bandh in Karbi Anglong and Dima Hasao districts of Assam, state health and finance minister Himanta Biswa Sarma visited Diphu on Thursday. Diphu is the headquarters of Karbi Anglong district.

Sarma visited Diphu on Thursday to lay foundation stone for the district’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) office near the Recreational Park along the Diphu-Manja road. He also inaugurated the aquatic centre park at Rukasen locality of the hill district.

Assam minister Himanta Biswa Sarma laying foundation stone for the BJP district office in Diphu, Karbi Anglong on Thursday

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Sarma also addressed the public in a meeting held at the Assam Hills Medical College and Research Institute in the hill district. Planting a sapling on the college campus, the state health minister also inaugurated a campaign to plant over 10,000 saplings in and around 20 bighas of unused lands.

Assam minister Himanta Biswa Sarma planting a sapling on Diphu Medical College campus

Sarma was accompanied by his colleague, state urban development minister, Pijush Hazarika, and chief executive member of Karbi Anglong Autonomous Council, Tuliram Ronghang, and other top district administration officials.

Addressing the public, Sarma informed that the hospital section of Diphu Medical College will be made operational from the month of November this year. “Medical college classes will be started only in next year after a Medical Council of India team will visit the college campus and approves for the same,” he added.

Sarma further said that recruitment and appointment process of teachers and other staffs for the district medical college has already been started and a special provision will be provided to local aspirants. “We have already mentioned in advertisements that besides having the required qualifications, students familiar to the local language will get more preferences,” he said.

The state health minister further expressed that a cancer hospital under Assam Cancer Care Foundation, a joint initiative of Tata Trust and Assam government, will soon come up with all kind of cancer treatment facilities in Diphu Medical College in the coming years.

CEM Ronghang said that the autonomous council and district administration of Karbi Anglong is planning to invite Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the inauguration of Assam Hills Medical College and Research Institute this year.

“As the Prime Minister has never come to the hill districts in his earlier visits to state, this year we are planning to invite him for the inauguration ceremony of the medical college so that he can hear the concerns of the hills people,” Ronghang added.

Significantly, a 12-hour bandh was called by a conglomeration of 16 civil, political and student organisations in Karbi Anglong and Dima Hasao districts on Thursday condemning the recent statement of ruling BJP government at Centre in “rejecting” autonomous state under Article 244(A) of the Indian Constitution.

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