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Tripura CM’s appeal to CPM

 AGARTALA, June 23 - Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb on Friday appealed to the Opposition CPI(M) to abandon the path of agitation and join the development process in the State.

“You did a lot of agitation for the past 25 years and now the time has come to join the development process that began under the new Government,” Deb said.

The Chief Minister was speaking in the State Assembly in response to a query by CPM legislator Badal Chowdhury on the revised fee structure of the Tripura Medical College managed by the Society for Tripura Medical College and Dr BRAM Teaching Hospital. “The Government will surely stand behind those who cannot pay the revised fee structure on the basis of merit,” Deb said.

The institution has hiked its fees from Rs 5.15 lakh annually to Rs 9 lakh, triggering widespread resentment among various students’ organisations including the National Students’ Union of India.

CPI(M) MLA Sudhan Das raised the issue shortly after the Question Hour, and demanded rollback of the hike.

In reply, Health Minister Sudip Roy Barman assured the House that the State Government would ensure no meritorious student is denied admission due to lack of funds.– PTI

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