A view of under-construction Nagaland Institute of Medical Science and Research in Phriebagei under Kohima taken in October 2021. (Morung File Photo)
Morung Express News
Kohima | December 15
The proposal for creation of 434 numbers of posts of administrative staff in the Nagaland Institute of Medical Science and Research (NIMSR) has been placed before the State Government and is under active consideration, the Gauhati High Court, Kohima Bench was informed on December 14.
The counsel appearing for the Health and Family Welfare Department submitted the information in an affidavit, according to the order issued by the Division Bench of Justice LS Jamir and Justice Songkhupchung Serto, while resuming the hearing of a batch of Public Interest Litigations (PILs) pertaining to the project and other issues related to public health care in Nagaland.
Meanwhile, Additional Advocate General requested the Bench for some time to “seek instruction as to when the proposals would be cleared and recruitment process completed.”
The counsel for the petitioner asked the Court for some time file the report of her team’s inspection of the Medical College Campus.
Accordingly, the Bench granted the requests and listed the matter for hearing again after the winter vacation.
The Court constituted the inspection team on October 12 to inspect the progress of the ongoing construction and the latter undertook the inspection on October 15.
The report taken up on October 19 informed that the Nagaland State Government is yet to release its share of funds for the project amounting to Rs18.90 crore, out of the estimated cost of Rs 189 crore under funding pattern of 90:10 between the Union Government and the State.
Apart from non-release of State’s share, however, the report was mostly positive, and the Court noted that the progress made so far appears to be “satisfactory” and on the right track.
Later on November 30, the Chief Secretary had filed affidavit stating that out of the total share of the State, Rs 7,52,50,000 crore has been released and the remaining amount will be released as soon as the Utilisation Certificate of the released amount is submitted.