Singareni workers happy over reservations in MBBS seats, but seek more

ADILABAD: Singareni workers' families are happy with the first-time providing reservations to their children in MBBS seats in the Ramagundam Government Medical College but some unionists suggest that this be more -- at least 15 per cent (nearly 20 seats) instead of 5 per cent.

The five per cent reservations or seven seats are too low as there are over Intermediate students from the 42,000 Singareni families, the union activists said.

Singareni worker K. Mallesh of Goleti of Bellampalli Singareni area sought a quota of 20 seats in the medical college. SCCL had donated ₹500 crore and hence the Singareni worker's families deserved a better deal. The SCCL management should bargain for more seats for the workers' children, he said.

The state government announced the 5 per cent reservations in the government medical college at Ramagundam. The SCCL donated ₹500 crore for it under the CSR provision. Singareni chairman and MD N Sridhar had handed over the cheque to chief minister Chandrasekhar Rao some time ago.

The medical college will be named the Singareni Institute and Medical College. Nearly 50 beds will be reserved for the Singareni workers for treatment.

As many as 150 MBBS seats are sanctioned to the medical college. Of these, 23 seats will be filled from the all-India quota while Singareni worker's children will get seven seats in reservation mode. Seats will be filled up on merit and from SC, ST, and BC reservations with NEET rank.

The Singareni is spread over 24 assembly constituencies in the Adilabad, Karimnagar, Khammam and Warangal regions. Nearly 42,000 workers are on the roll of SCCL.

Malraju Srinivas Rao, TBGKS vice-president of the Bellampalli area thanked KCR and the Singareni management for providing reservations in MBBS seats to the worker's children.

( Source : Deccan Chronicle. )
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