Stir over RIMS �berth� called off
Source: The Sangai Express

Shillong, July 05 (NNN): The Meghalaya Doctors Association�s agitation against the appointment of a Manipuri in the Regional Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) in Imphal from the Meghalaya State quota, has been called off today.

Under pressure from the District authorities the Meghalaya Medical Services Association (MMSA) today called off their proposed silent procession which was to be taken out to denounce State Health minister�s alleged �vindictive attitude� towards the association.

The general secretary of the Association, Aman Warr told the media that the district authorities have communicated to the organization not to take out their procession in view of the prevailing situation in the State capital and current promulgation section 144 Crpc.

�As responsible and law-binding citizens of the state, we called off our stir.

We also met the chairman of Meghalaya State Economic Development Council (MEDC), RG Lyngdoh and Deputy Chief minister Donkupar Roy and had a meaningful discussion of all the association�s grievances� Warr informed.

The Government and the MMSA had been at loggerheads ever since Dr Rina Khongsam was allowed to study higher medicines at Imphal�s RIMS from Meghalaya quota.

The MMSA alleged that since the doctor was not from the local indigenous tribe her name should be withdrawn.

The Government after a meeting with the association formed a core committee headed by the MEDC chairman Lyngdoh to study the issue.

The findings of committee suggested that Dr.Khongsam�s name should be in fact withdrawn from the RIMS list.

However, after the committee gave its report the, Meghalaya Health minister Sayedullah Nongrum ordered the transfer of MMSA general secretary Warr to Chokpot in Garo Hills.

The MMSSA termed the transfer as a �personal vendetta� of the health minister.