State Government is considering upgrading the Indira Gandhi Medical College as Medical University or Post Graduate Institute affiliated to the Central University to carry research and development activities in the field of medical science. Chief Minister discloses it on the occasion of foundation stone laying ceremony of the Obstetric and Gynecology Block in Indira Gandhi Medical College, Shimla to be constructed at a cost of about Rs. 20 crore.
Chief Minister praises IGMC for its services and also congratulated it for emerging as a premier institute of medical education in the State where quality medical services are being made available. He said that the State Government is considering its upgrade to meet the demand of increasing number of patients and requirement of medical professionals so that best of the medical education and diagnostic services are available to the people within the State and they did not had to go outside the state to avail such services. He announced that all the nurses engaged under Rogi Kalyan Samiti (RKS) and serving in different health institutions would also be paid contractual remuneration at par with contractual nurses. He said that RKS nurses who were getting Rs. 7,500 as monthly contractual remuneration would now be eligible to get Rs. 13,500, at par with the other contractual nurses in the State. He further announced that 72 posts of Dental Surgeons would also be filled up to make 72 more dental clinics functional in different parts of the State.
Health and Family Welfare Minister Dr. Rajiv Bindal thanked the Chief Minister for laying foundation stone of the OBG Block in the IGMC complex. He also thanked Chief Minister for getting the MBBS and Post Graduate Seats enhanced in both the medical colleges. He said that IGMC had emerged the super specialty hospital in the State where best of the medical services were available to the patients. He urged the Chief Minister to remove disparity in pay of the RKS and contractual nurses besides sanctioning 72 posts of dental surgeons to man dental clinics in the state.
Earlier Principal of the college Dr. Surender Kashyap welcomed the Chief Minister and detailed achievements of the college during past three years. He thanked Chief Minister for sanctioning record number 790 posts of different categories.