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Update on ESIC medical college issue: Labour Minister fumbles at Rourkela meet

Following is a report from The Pioneer:

The fumbling of State Labour Minister Pushpendra Singh Deo at a Press meet here over the location of the proposed ESIC Medical College and Hospital and the Rourkela district BJD president’s tacit seal of approval of Bhubaneswar being the spot for the institute has raised many an eyebrows here in the district.

After his two-day tour to Rourkela, the Labour and Employment Minister was in trouble at a Press meet when quizzed by the scribes on the hot issue of the proposed ESIC Medical College and Hospital’s venue. He visibly tried to impress that he was interested for Rourkela being the location and the State has been exercising on it, but passed the buck on the Centre saying the latter preferred Bhubaneswar.

“Instead of missing the project forever, the State had no other options than to allot 25 acres in Bhubaneswar within a week and the premium for the land has been received,” Singh Deo said. Justifying his point, the Minister tried to convince showing a news-clip of a vernacular daily published from Bhubaneswar carrying a reply to Rajya Sabha member Pyari Mohan Mohapatra’s question by the Union Labour Minister having said that the IPs of Bhubaneswar and its surrounding are much more than that of Rourkela.

The scribes present contested showing documentary statistics supplied by the Bhubaneswar-based ESIC office on the IPs that Rourkela and its surroundings have and questioned under what circumstances the Rajya Sabha member accepted the figure given by the Union Minister.

When the scribes showed the information furnished by the ESIC Medical Education Cell sought under the RTI (vide letter dt 07.12.2009) clearly mentioned that the Government of Odisha has not proposed Rourkela as a location for ESIC Medical College, the Minister had no other way, but to remain silent. In a bid to control the damage, he said if the Centre considers Rourkela on its own, the State would not hesitate to accept it.

Such an answer boomeranged on him as without a formal proposal from the State to the Centre, the relocation was just impossible following which the Minister was asked to put a fresh proposal before the Centre soon preferring Rourkela. However, intervening, Rourkela district BJD president Ananda Mohanty said there was no need of giving such proposal by the State when Bhubaneswar was already finalised.

Such an unwarranted reply of Mohanty has not only raised eyebrows, but also makes it clear that the BJD does not want Rourkela to be the location of proposed ESIC Medical College, the locals here viewed.

March 31, 2010 at 9:03 pm Leave a comment

CM assures Western Odisha MLAs on relocation of ESIC Medical College and Hospital in Rourkela

Following is a report from The Pioneer:

A delegation of western Odisha MLAs met Chief Minister Naveen Pattnaik to personally apprise him of the genuineness of their demand for the relocation of the proposed ESIC Medical College and Hospital in the western region of the State instead of Bhubaneswar on Friday in his chamber on the Assembly premises, reliable sources informed. The delegation also urged the CM to take into consideration the ground reality of the maximum presence of the Insured Persons (IPs), the bona fide beneficiaries, in the western region.

After hearing to the delegation patiently, the Chief Minister claimed to have assured them that if the Union Government makes its mind to set up the institute in Rourkela, the State Government has no problem. The Chief Minister also assured the delegation that before taking the final decision, he would definitely go through the memorandum submitted to him, sources further informed.

Under the leadership of Talsara MLA Dr Prafulla Majhi, the delegation comprised of Rajgangpur MLA Gregory Minz, Sundargarh MLA Yogesh Singh, Attabira MLA Nihar Mahananda, Brajarajnagar MLA Anup Sai and Bijepur MLA Subal Sahu. Besides, more than 20 MLAs from western Odisha have signed the memorandum submitted with the CM urging for the establishment of the ESIC unit in Rourkela.

March 16, 2010 at 6:53 pm Leave a comment

ESIC college to be set up in Bhubaneswar: Union Labour Minister Harish Rawat

Following is a report from The Pioneer:

Union Labour Minister Harish Rawat has admitted that it has been decided to set up the ESIC Medical College and Hospital in Bhubaneswar. Replying to a question bearing No 709 of Rajya Sabha member Rudra Narayan Pany in the ongoing Budget session of the Parliament, Rawat informed that the process of finalising the project estimates and obtaining municipal and other statutory clearances have been initiated and as soon as they are finalised, obtained, the work will be started.

On being queried if any proposal from the State was pending with the Centre for setting up of hospital or dispensary by the ESIC, the Minister replied that no proposal of the State Government is pending with the ESIC. When questioned whether Government will take any step with regard to setting up of a dental college at Angul by the Corporation, the Minister said there is no proposal to start a dental college at Angul.

March 5, 2010 at 7:09 pm Leave a comment

Demand for ESIC Medical College at Rourkela gains momentum

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.

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

Bhubaneswar gets ESIC medical college and Rourkela gets ESIC dental and nursing college

Following is a report from The Samaja:

December 27, 2009 at 12:30 pm Leave a comment

Memorandum for establishing ESIC medical college & hospital in Rourkela


Her Excellency

President of India

Rashtrapati Bhawan , New Delhi

Her Excellency ,

We the undersigned draw your kind attention to the fact that Employees State Insurance Corporation under the Government of India, Ministry of  Labour has taken a decision in principle to establish 12 ESI Super Specialty Hospital & Medical colleges in different states of India. Incidentally Odisha which is a backward state particularly in health sector has got one for which entire funding will be made by ESI Corporation . The said fund is the accumulation of surplus and unutilized money of Insured Persons (IPs) working in different industries and establishments in the country.   It is therefore necessary that such medical College and Hospital ought to be established in such a place where  more  number of IPs and poor working class people of unorganized sector are living & to facilitate them for health care .

So far Odisha is concerned , there are about 2.70 lakhs of IPs in the state and more are in the line to be added. Out of the said figure of IPs more than 65% are from tribal dominated area of Sundargarh , Jharsuguda , Keonjhar and Part of Sambalpur district where more than 50% of total population are tribal  of which Rourkela is the nerve centre . Rourkela is also well connected by Rail and Road communication from different parts of the said districts and our state.

After the decision in this regard was announced , we are representing all concerned and  have already requested & submitted a memorandum to establish the said Hospital and Medical college at Rourkela to different Central and State Government authorities earlier. In the mean time Non Resident Odias living in different part of globe had represented memorandum to different Central and State Government authorities.

Unfortunately a decision is taken to open the said institution at Bhubaneswar, the state Head Quarter  where there are about 10 Medical College ad Hospitals are operating  with many other medical establishments ( About 7 Medical Colleges and Hospitals in and aound ) where only 25% of the IPs of ESIC  are living . We learnt that Your Excellency is invited for the foundation stone laid ceremony on 9th of December at Bhubaneswar for the said purpose.

We sincerely condemn the decision of the concerned authority as Whimsical , partisan and  inappropriate contrary to the justification of the said establishment because this is unjustified and unable to full fill the very cause of interest of IPs of ESI Corporation.

Your Excellency is the head of the Welfare  Democratic Country of India. Your intervention is highly solicited in the said matter . You are requested not to attend the foundation laid  ceremony at Bhubaneswar since  the mass public resentment and agitation against the said decision is going on in the western part of Odisha and also for the greater interest of IPs of ESIC.

Thanking you

Best regards


Prashant K Sahoo

OdiSA Development Team , Members of Odia Samaja & Well Wishers of Odisha

November 30, 2009 at 9:55 am Leave a comment

MPs of Western Odisha demand ESIC medical at Rourkela

Following is a report from the

Four senior Congress MPs from Western Orissa have demanded establishment of the proposed ESIC medical college and hospital at Rourkela in Sundargarh district instead of near the Capital for which the State Government is insisting on.

Though the maximum number of industrial and mine workers reside in the area which is tribal dominated, it has been neglected in the health sector since Independence, the four MPs said in a letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

The four MPs, former chief minister Hemananda Biswal, former Union minister Bhakta Charan Das, former minister Amarnath Pradhan and Sanjay Bhoi, said that the area includes border districts and industrial belt of Jharsuguda, Deogarh, Keonjhar, Bargarh and Sambalpur. Out of the 2.4 lakh ESI insured persons in the State, 1.4 lakh are from this area, they said and added that the first public sector integrated steel plant was established at Rourkela in 1955.

That the area has been neglected is evident from the fact it has only one medical college and hospital, they said, adding that it does not have a super speciality medical and health care facility. They said that regional imbalance will have to be bridged for overall development of the State as well as gaining the confidence of the tribals.

Though several medical colleges are going to be set up in the State in the near future, none of these has been proposed to be established in this region.

While the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) is going to be set up near Bhubaneswar, another medical recommended by the Human Resource Development Ministry will be set up in the coastal district. Besides, another medical college recommended by the Ministry of Railways will be established at Bhubaneswar. Two more medical colleges have been recommended to be set up Koraput and Talcher. Bhubaneswar city also has three private medical colleges and hospitals, they said.

The MPs said that the establishment of an ESI medical college and hospital will cater to their needs of the industrial workers in a tribal-dominated region. Besides, it will create more employment and means of livelihood contributing to the economy of the area, they added.

November 24, 2009 at 8:30 am Leave a comment

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