Educationist Digambara Patra has urged the Chief Minister of Odisha to handle the student agitation in the Sardar Raja Medical College discretely and refrain from taking any action against the agitating students.
He said that any violent form of reprisal could further aggravate the situation.
In a letter to Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, Prof Patra of the American University of Beirut, Lebanon, who is a native of Kalahandi district, urged Patnaik to personally monitor the situation in the Sardar Raja Medical College.
Patra said that the agitation is not limited to the medical college now; rather it has been an issue of non-availability of proper health facilities in Kalahandi district.
This is the reason why locals from Bhawanipatna, Dharamgarh, Jungarh, Kesinga and other places in Kalahandi have come in support of the students in the last week.
All political parties in Kalahandi too have backed the stir strongly.
Patra lamented that the people of Kalahandi are yet to get sophisticated healthcare facilities and have to depend on Visakhapatnam for any major health problem. “The infrastructure handicaps in the Sardar Raja Medical College are well known to whole of the State over past 11 years. The WODC and the Odisha Government should have been woken up to the issue much earlier,” said Patra.
The profesor has suggested that instead of further aggravating the public anger towards the administration and the State Government, it will be wise to resolve the issue peacefully as soon as possible by either converting the medical college into a health university or asa full State Government Medical College and Hospital.