Demand for ESIC Medical College at Rourkela gains momentum

February 22, 2010 at 9:09 pm Leave a comment

Following is a report from The Pioneer:

To exert pressure on the State, a mass convention was organised by the Action Committee for Establishment of ESIC Medical College and Hospital at Bisra Maidan on Sunday here. Leaders of all political parties except the ruling BJD, trade unions and civil societies attended the convention expressing their solidarity with the Action Committee for the larger interests of Sundargargh district. Surprisingly, neither the two BJD MLAs, despite their presence in Rourkela, nor any one of their frontal leaders turned up at the convention.

While the entire district is united on the common issue, the allegedly uncooperative attitude of the BJD has raised eyebrows of the Rourkelites.Rajgangpur MLA Gregory Minz and Talsara MLA Prafulla Majhi assured that they would raise the issue in the forthcoming Assembly session while former Speaker Kishore Patel called for broadening of the Action Committee by involving more people from various walks of life in Sundargarh, Jharsuguda, Sambalpur and Keonjhar districts.

Trade union leaders like Satyapriya Mohanty(SUCI), RK Mishra(BMS), Jahangir Alli and Biman Maity(both CITU), Pravat Mishra(AITUC) and HMS representatives also supported the demand. They argued that more than 70% of Insured Persons(IPs) under ESIC in the State belong to the ‘under-privileged’ Sundargarh, Jharsuguda, Keonjhar and Sambalpur districts.

Sundargarh District Congress Committee president Raju Sarangi, Sundargarh MP Hemananda Biswal’s representative Dusmanta Naik, Rourkela District Congress Committee and Rourkela Shramik Sangh president Prasanta Behera, BJP leader Khagendra Pradhan, Congress leader BN Pattnaik, former Bonai CPI(M) MLA Laxman Munda,former Rourkela Municipality chairman Nihar Ray supported the issue and called for spreading the demand among the IPs.

Similarly, Rourkela Chamber of Commerce president Subrat Pattnaik, Rourkela Bar Association president Ramesh Bal and Rourkela Press Club secretary Mihir Ray also supported the demand. They all viewed that for years together Sundargarh district has been neglected in the health sector. Though Rourkela is a major city, so far the super specialist hospitals for heart, neuro, kidney and cancer treatments have not yet been available here whereas the State is promoting private hospitals, they alleged adding though in Bhubaneswar there are number of super specialist hospitals and medical colleges and many more on anvil, the State is adamant on setting up ESIC Medical College at Bhubaneswar. It shows the apathetic attitude of the State towards Sundargarh in particular and western Odisha in general, they further fumed.

It was unanimously decided that a team consisting of local MP Hemananda Biswal, Rajya Sabha member Mangala Kisan, two local MLAs Gregory Minz and Prafulla Majhi and CITU State general secretary Bishnu Mohanty will meet the Prime Minister and Union Labour Minister on February 25 during the Parliament session. The team will also meet Central Labour Secretary and DG ESIC. It was also decided to expand the Action Committee by inducting all the elected representatives of the district and student leaders to intensify the stir. It was also decided to meet the Chief Minister and Labour Minister during the Assembly session. The mass convention was held under the chairmanship of its convenor Muralidhar Parija. CITU State secretary Bishnu Mohanty gave the keynote address and briefed on the steps taken up so far on the issue.

Entry filed under: ESIC Medical College Rourkela, Health Care Facility, Higher Education Zone, Region watch, Sundargarh-Rourkela-Panposh-Bonai, Sundergarh.

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