Manjeri: Chief Minister Oommen Chandy Sunday inaugurated the Manjeri Medical College - the first to come up here in three decades.
The last government medical college that was commissioned was at Thrissur in 1982. With the inauguration of the 520-bed Manjeri Medical College, the number of such institutions in the State has gone up to six.
Mr. Chandy has said the foundation stone for four government medical colleges have been laid at Pathanamthitta, Idukki, Palakkad and Thiruvananthapuram and will be soon laid at Wayanad and Kasargode.
"We are mulling taking over the Kochi Cooperative Medical College and the Pariyaram Medical College which is right now under the cooperative sector," Mr. Chandy said.
Union Minister E Ahamed and several state ministers attended the function.
LDF protest at CM's venue turns violent
Meanwhile, Black flag demonstration staged by LDF workers over solar panel scam at the venue of the function turned violent Sunday evening, resulting in minor injuries to several persons in stone pelting.
Tension prevailed in the area for a while as the protesters clashed with police who prevented them from marching to the venue.
Police, however, brought the situation under control and the Chief Minister inaugurated the Medical College unfazed by the protest.
Criticising the LDF for seeking to stall the programme, Chief Minister Ommen Chandy said the government was committed to the all-round development of the State and would go forward despite the non-cooperation from a section.
"This is an historic occasion and when there is celebration here, a section is staying away. If they keep out of developmental progress in the State, soon they will be sidelined," he said.
"Things are fast changing in other parts of our country and the world but in our State it's only slogans and strikes... but we will not waste our time," said Chandy accusing the Left opposition of blocking the State's progress.