Dhubri, Aug. 29: A social welfare organisation here has threatened to launch an agitation if the government does not fulfil its promise of setting up a medical college in Dhubri district soon.
The foundation stone of the institute was laid before the last Assembly elections but it remains a distant dream.
The NGO, Dhubri Bikash and Pragati Manch, is demanding that construction should be started soon.
Laying the foundation stone of the institute on March 1, 2011, health minister Himanta Biswa Sarma had said the Congress government in Assam was writing history of development and its rule in the state would be remembered 100 years hence.
“Yes, the Congress government in Dispur is indeed writing history but not of development, rather of non-development which will be remembered 100 years hence,” Shyamal Sanyal, chief convener of the Manch, said.
He said the government had sanctioned Rs 171 crore for the college building and Rs 35 crore to buy surgical and diagnostic equipment and increase the bed capacity from 200 to 300 for the proposed medical college.
It had also made available around 62 bighas of land for the college, he added, quoting official information.
A senior official of Dhubri civil hospital told this correspondent that they had not received any communication regarding when work on the college would start. He, however, said around 1,200 paramedical staff would be required for the proposed medical college.
It was envisaged that work on the medical college would be completed within three years from the date of laying the foundation stone, a source said.