This was directed by the division bench of Chief Justice RM Chhaya and Justice Soumitra Saikia on Thursday while hearing a petition filed by Hafizur Rahman Choudhury seeking a direction to the authorities concerned as to why the proposed medical college and hospital has not been set up even after the lapse of several years. The petition was filed last year.
“We hope and trust that the state government will expedite the process of establishing the proposed medical college & hospital in Karimganj. From a communication of the state government it appears that they have already undertaken the process of identification of the land for the medical college,” the bench said.
Choudhury, petitioner-in-person, contended that even though medical colleges are being set up by the state government at various places in Assam, it is not being set up in Karimganj district. He reiterated that “nothing has been done by the authorities concerned in this regard” even after he approached the authorities.
Advocate general Devajit Saikia submitted before the court that the state government has decided to set up a medical college and hospital in Karimganj district in the Barak valley. Medical colleges will be set up in a phased manner in different districts of the state. He, while drawing the attention of the court to a communication from the health and family welfare department, further submitted that the finance minister has made provisions in the budget for the financial year 2022-23 for the establishment of a medical college in Karimganj, and the identification of the land for the setting up of the medical college is also under process.