Lashing out at the ruling Congress, former chief minister Prem Kumar Dhumal has said the state government's “dismal” performance has exposed its politics of opportunism and false promises.
Dhumal said the way the government has reduced endowment fee of the private universities is an example of its working. Accusing the government of stalling development of the state, Dhumal claimed that the previous Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government had taken various steps to make Himachal a hub in education, health and tourism. “But the Congress, which was then in opposition misled people of the state by raising slogans like 'Himachal on sale',” alleged Dhumal.
He said the BJP government had invited private universities y to the state for expansion of education and also ensured quality education by implementing the Private Universities Regulation Act.
“Himachal was the first state to take such steps and has also fixed `5 crore endowment for opening the private universities,” Dhumal said, adding that the Congress then adopted a negative approach and opposed private universities.
“However, after coming into power the Congress government changed the stance,” Dhumal said, asking the government to clarify why the endowment fee was cut to `3 crore.
He also held the Congress government responsible for the reduced MBBS seats in two state run medical colleges at Shimla and Tanda in Kangra.
“It is the laidback attitude of the Congress government that 85 students are on verge of losing the opportunity of becoming doctors,” alleged Dhumal.
The former chief minister said it was quite strange that private institutions get approval from the Medical Council of India (MCI) to run 150 MBBS seats, while in the state-owned medical colleges the number of seats has been reduced.
“Strict rules implemented by the government for admission to technical courses has left students with no option but to move out of state to fulfil their dreams,” said Dhumal.
He said the same students have got admission to educational institutions in other states and government should clarify whether they will be eligible for jobs in the state after completion of their degrees.
He further alleged that the Congress was never concerned with safeguarding the interest of the state and the financial condition of the state is deteriorating by the day.