Agartala: The Tripura government has decided to provide a plot of land to set up a National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) for investigation and diagnosis of communicable diseases in the state.
While briefing the Cabinet decision at the State Secretariat in Agartala, state law and education minister Ratan Lal Nath said that the state Cabinet has taken a decision to allow a piece of land for setting up a branch of NCDC.
“Earlier in 2017, an MoU was signed between the Left Front government and the NCDC to open up the centre here. However, due to some reasons, the project failed to see the light of the day,” he said.
He also said the objective of the NCDC branch is to provide manpower support to experts in public health, paramedics and etc.
“This is an apex centre in the country for investigating and diagnosis of communicable disease. It will also look after critical diagnosis of infectious and complex diseases and outbreaks of diseases in the state. So, the state government had allotted 1.68 acres of land to open the NCDC branch at Devendranagar in West Tripura district. Around Rs 1.5 crore would be waived off for this project,” the minister added.
Nath also informed that the BJP-IPFT government, in its Cabinet meeting, has also decided to implement 7th UGC scale for 128 health officials and academicians in Agartala Government Medical College (AGMC), with effect from September 1, 2017.