Thiruvananthapuram: The vigilance and anti-corruption bureau will probe allegations that some self-financing medical colleges in Kerala were levying capitation fee from students despite a strict warning from the state government against it, chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan told the assembly Friday.
The chief minister made the announcement a day after Manorama News aired a news about self financing colleges in Wayanad and Palakkad seeking hefty amounts from aspiring students as capitation fee. The channel aired the news with audio clips as evidence.
Health minister K.K. Shylaja admitted that self-financing colleges could have been be collecting capitation fee from students. She said action would be taken against erring college managements. The CM ordered the vigilance probe soon after the health minister made the statement.
As the health minister demanded that the evidence be handed over to the government, opposition leader Ramesh Chennithala tabled the CD containing audio clip aired by Manorama News before the assembly.
Pinarayi also said the government will take over the Pariyaram Cooperative Medical College. With this, the fee structure of the college will also change. However, the hike in the fee for merit seats in the college cannot be lowered, Pinarayi said.
Meanwhile, the indefinite fast by three opposition legislators seeking to reconsider the government's agreement with private medical college managements on fee structure and admissions continued for the third day Friday in the assembly.
The opposition maintains that during the tenure of the previous Oommen Chandy government, the fees in the sector went up by a mere Rs 47,000, while the LDF government has increased it by Rs 65,000 since it took over in May this year.