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CM bats for tribal students

Ranchi, Aug. 7: Chief minister Arjun Munda today requested the Union health minister to allow tribal medical students who fail to score the requisite 40 per cent in their semester exams to appear for the MBBS finals.

Munda along with state health minister Hemlal Murmu met Gulam Nabi Azad in Delhi. They argued that there was an acute shortage of doctors in Jharkhand and a majority of seats in medical colleges reserved for tribal students often remained vacant.

The union minister, however, remained non-committal. He maintained that his government was working on enacting a new law on tribal students. But, it will be first be placed before parliamentary standing committee before being tabled in the House. However, the government could talk to the Medical Council of India to allow registration of such tribal students who secured less than 40 per cent marks.

Nabi said a proposal to set up a institute on the lines of AIIIMS in Jharkhand had been sent to the finance commission for necessary action.