CPI(M) demands scrapping of private partnership in healthcare and education in HP

Shimla: The state unit of the Communist Party of India – Marxist (CPI-M) today lambasted the Himachal government over Public Private Patnership (PPP) in 12 hospitals in the state.

In a statement issued today Tikender Panwar, member state secretariat CPI(M) strongly condemned the governments move of installing CT scan machines in these hospitals under PPP.

Tikender said “This decision of the BJP government will hit the poor patients as the private entrepreneur will work on the sole motive of profit rather than service to the patients. The government is abdicating from its responsibility of providing cheap and quality health services.” The CPI(M) has asked the government to review and provide quality service in the public domain, he added.

Criticising the governments move of opening universities in private sector he said the revelations made by the 5 member committee set by the government on Manav Bharti university vindicates the consistent stand taken by CPI(M)on this issue. The party reiterated its demand of scrapping the Manav Bharti University Act. He said how is it possible to award a doctorate degree (Phd) without having a Masters course in the campus. This is exactly what is being practiced in Manav Bharti University.

He said CPI(M) demanded a thorough probe in all the other private universities in the state. Many prestigious institutions of higher learning which have decades of quality performance have not yet been awarded the university status and have been kept under the deemed category. The BJP government in its haste has opened 18 private universities in such a small state .

The CPI(M) reiterated its demand of appointing a regulator and a mechanism to check their fees structure, wage structure and standards of education.

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