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I do not want to become another Rakesh Paul, Himanta on appointments in DMCH

HT Bureau

DIPHU, Dec 2: The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill (CAB) will be tabled in Parliament by December 10, Assam finance minister and convenor of North East Development Agency (NEDA) Himanta Biswa Sarma said here on Monday.

“The CAB would be tabled in Parliament by December 10. We are hopeful that it will be passed as BJP is majority in the RS now,” Sarma said after inspection of the newly set-up Diphu Medical College and Hospital (DMCH) here.

Sarma also reiterated that the special provisions in the Bill will not override the existing provisions in State Acts – indicating that areas under the Inner Line Permit (ILP) regime and those under the Sixth Schedule of the Constitution of India would not come under the ambit of the Bill. Sarma also outlined the procedural rules under the Bill.

“Before the Bill is implemented, the indigenous communities of the state will be given a constitutional safeguard,” he said, emphasising that the Centre will implement every recommendation made by a high-level committee on Clause 6 of the 1985 Assam Accord, “without changing a comma or a full stop”.

On the demand of opposition parties in Karbi Anglong for amendment Clause 6 of the Assam Accord, the minister said, “The good points are to be taken. It does not mean that all commas and full stop will be as it was and to be taken. In Assam Accord, there is a mention of “Assamese” but this word should have been “indigenous” and will have to be amended so that all will be included including Karbi, Dimasa, Bodo, etc.”

On two-child policy of the Assam government, he said, “In Sixth Schedule areas the Executive Council (Autonomous Councils) will take the final decision. Even if there is CAB there will be the Sixth Schedule. Even if they get Indian citizenship they can only come here but they cannot stay. It does not mean that they can buy land and settle here. Can Himanta Biswa Sarma buy land here? For the past 10 years I have been requesting Tuliram Ronghang for two kathas of land, but he said there is no way.”

On 70% job reservation for the candidates of Karbi Anglong in DMCH, the minister said, “Let’s put more importance to the medical college than appointments otherwise the college will be shut down, appointments are made for the convenience of the people. I cannot compromise with merit in the medical college, if I do so I will go to jail. I will become Rakesh Paul.” He said.

“Maximum preference has been given to the people of Karbi Anglong. There was maximum examination centres in Karbi Anglong which was never done before. All nurses appointed are from Karbi Anglong. Give importance to the fact that the people of Diphu has get a medical college,” the minister also said.

The OPD service of DMCH was formally opened by minister of state for health and family welfare Pijush hazarika on November 27.

“Altogether 250-300 patients have been registered in OPD services daily. From December 8, indoor patients will be admitted. However, serious patients will not be admitted here. The first inspection by Medical Council of India (MCI) will be carried in this month. The 2nd inspection will be in March. After we successfully pass it, from June or July the first batch of students will be admitted,” the minister said.

Earlier Sarma, who is also holding the charge of PWD, inspected NH36 that is being repaired with the use of German technology at Dikmika.

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