NILAMBAZAR, Nov 21 - The Karimganj Citizen's Action Forum has submitted a memorandum to the Union Health and Family Welfare Minister, demanding establishment of a regional institute of Unani medicine at Karimganj.
In the memorandum, the Action Forum said that the Central Council for the Research Institute of Unani Medicine, an organisation under the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India decided to establish a regional research institute of Unani medicine at Karimganj and Government of Assam had accordingly allotted a plot of land at Kanishail area. The Settlement Officer, Karimganj on September 15, 1994 acquired the land to establish the said institute. Subsequently, the Director of the Central Council for Unani medicine and research directed the Chief Engineer, Central PWD Shillong for preparing the plans and estimates.
It is to be mentioned here that an amount of Rs 18 crore was sanctioned for the construction of the building. Accordingly all the preparations were made, but subsequently the director, CCRUM, New Delhi, without any notice and cognizable ground allegedly illegally and arbitrarily reviewed the proposal and decided to establish the said institute at Silchar.
The members of the Citizens Action Forum urged the Health and Family Welfare Minister regarding reconsideration of the shifting proposal for development of the backward district of Karimganj. Habibur Rahaman Choudhury, president, Mahasweta Chakraborty, vice-president, Dipankar Ghosh, general secretary, Bivash Bardhan, secretary, BR Khan, Sona Mia, Ashim Deb, Badrul Hoque Choudhary, members of the Action Forum were present among others.