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Sangma’s plea to Centre on NEIGRIHMS affairs

 SHILLONG, Oct 25 - Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad Sangma today said that the Centre should ensure that there is no “illegal activity” in the North Eastern Indira Gandhi Regional Institute of Health and Medical Sciences (NEIGRIHMS).

The NEIGRIHMS has been embroiled in a controversy following allegations by its Director, DM Thappa, against the Cardiology Department head for not cooperating with the administration in making treatment of poor patients affordable. Thappa had said complaints were received regarding the high price of heart stents availed from local vendors, instead of the AMRIT pharmacy at the institute.

“As a concerned citizen and as the head of the State, if there is any kind of illegal activity that is going on (at NEIGRIHMS), it must be enquired into by the Government of India,” Sangma told reporters here.

He added that the State Government does not have much say in the affairs of the Central institute except to flag issues to the Union Government.

Earlier, the NEIGRIHMS Director had sought the intervention of Prime Minister Narendra Modi for a CBI probe into the alleged nexus between the Cardiology Department and a private pharmacy.

The Meghalaya Pradesh Youth Congress and the Civil Society Women’s Organisation have also demanded a probe by the Central investigating agency. – PTI

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