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Take action against Government, do not punish medicos: DMK

By Our Special Correspondent

CHENNAI, JULY 14. The Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam president, M. Karunanidhi, today expressed the hope that the Union Health Minister, R. Anbumani, would ensure that the Kanyakumari and Tuticorin medical colleges were given MCI recognition and that the Tirunelveli Medical college was permitted to increase its intake by 50.

In a statement here, he said the students should not be punished for the acts of omission and commission of the State Government. The Medical Council of India should take action against it and should not withhold recognition for the colleges.

Mr. Karunanidhi said the teaching hospitals did not have the required number of instructors and equipment. After the MCI inspected the colleges, it brought the limitation to the notice of the State Government.

On receipt of this information, the Government acted in a manner to "cheat" the MCI.

Mr. Karunanidhi said doctors from Chennai and Madurai colleges were forced to go to the colleges in the south and act as if they were part of the teaching staff there. This came to light during MCI enquiries, he said.

The DMK chief said if an individual tried to cheat people or a Government it would be a criminal offence. The act of a Government trying to cheat a government organisation was also a criminal offence.

The MCI refused to grant recognition to the colleges, he said and asked what explanation the Government would offer to the affected students. He charged it with trying to deflect the blame, by accusing the Union Government of not according recognition.

"Who was responsible for the drama that involved transporting teachers from one college to another? Who was responsible for not posting adequate teaching staff," asked Mr. Karunanidhi.

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