Aizawl: The youth wing of opposition Congress on Thursday asked the Mizo National Front (MNF) government headed by chief minister Zoramthanga to take steps to retain medical seats under the Central pool quota.
A statement issued by the youth wing said that the Centre has recently ceased allocation of medical seats to Mizoram much to the dismay of aspiring students and expressed regret for the move.
The youth wing said that during 2017-2018 there was rumour about the Centre stopping seat allocation to Mizoram and eventually reduced medical seats to 20 from the existing 25.
The Congress government headed by former chief minister Lal Thanhawla took the reduction seriously and had sent letters to the Centre, imploring it to re-instate the existing seats, the Congress youth said in the statement.
It said that apart from Lal Thanhawla and higher and technical education department’s letters to Union health minister Jagat Prakash Nadda, Rajya Sabha member Ronald Sapa Tlau and former Lok Sabha member CL Ruala also met the Union minister on the matter.
Due to fervent appeal by the state government, the Centre increased allocation from 20 to 23, Congress youth said.
Alleging that the MNF government did not take any concrete steps to re-instate medical quota under the central pool, the youth wing asked the state government to take efforts so that Mizoram get back its medical seat.
On August 16, the Centre had stopped allocating medical seats to Mizoram along with some Northeastern states and Union territories.
Clarifying the stoppage, the state government said that Mizoram has its own medical college. Zoram Medical College was opened on August 7, 2018 with initial intake of 100 seats.
Mizoram enjoys 70 seats in the medical institution, while 15 each was reserved for Central pool and non-resident India. In the current academic year, the state will have 85 seats as there was no applicant under central quota.
Authority of the institution said that admission for the current academic session is more or less completed. More than 500 students from Mizoram cleared NEET this year.