The Opposition parties have claimed victory for their persistent demand for a Government medical college in the district after Deputy Chief Minister M.K. Stalin had announced its establishment in the Assembly on Thursday.

Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam MLA R. Varadharajan has welcomed the State Government's announcement. Mr. Varadharajan, who represents Virudhunagar Assembly constituency, said that he had raised the issue in the Assembly more than a couple of times. Virudhunagar district does not have any Government institution for higher education.

Pointing out that the district had been consistently producing highest pass percentage in 10 {+t} {+h} and 12 {+t} {+h} public examinations for the past 25 years, he said the absence of Government institution for higher studies was forcing the students to travel to far-off places. Stating that the recently announced Government Arts and Science college had been proposed at Tiruchuzhi, he said at least the Medical College should come to Virudhunagar so that people from all parts of the district could have easy access.

An office-bearer of the All-India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam youth forum, T.P.S. Venkatesh, said the announcement was delayed. “In a district, where we have two Ministers, including the School Education Minister, we should have got it much before and not when the elections are round the corner.”

People of Virudhunagar were disappointed when Government announced medical colleges for other nearby districts and not for Virudhunagar, he said. Only on Tuesday had the youth forum pasted posters in the town claiming that AIADMK on coming back to power would bring a medical college in 2011.

“It is a victory for us. The Government should not stop with just an announcement but start the work soon. The proposal for constructing a road over bridge at Ramamoorthy Salai still remains only on paper after three long years,” he said.

“This district has been consistently producing highest pass percentage in 10th and 12th examinations”

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