Left, BJP force govt to take back JIPMER autonomy Bill

Written by Political Bureau | New Delhi, Dec 5 | Updated: Dec 6 2007, 06:20am hrs
In yet another show of muscles, the CPI(M) on Wednesday forced the UPA government to withdraw a Bill to grant autonomy to the prestigious Jawaharlal Institute of Post-Graduate Medical Education and Research (JIPMER) in Puthussery.

Union health minister Anbumani Ramadoss told Rajya Sabha that he was withdrawing the Bill for further consideration by the Cabinet as the BJP also supported the Left.

Objecting on the provision for fee structure, CPI(M) MP Brinda Karat argued that an amendment should be made in the Bill that the existing fee structure will never be altered in future.

"The aspirations of the poor students should not be protected," she said while participating in the discussion on the JIPMER Bill. She moved three amendments for the legislation. The government was put in a difficult situation when the BJP and the UNPA also supported those amendments.

The health minister was allowed with one hour to consult his Cabinet colleagues and the Prime Minister.

Later in his reply, Ramadoss said the Bill cannot have a provision for fixed fee structure but assured that such a scheme can be incorporated when the rules are made.