BHUBANESWAR: The Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee (OPCC) on Tuesday demanded that the Government should take over the Sardar Rajas Medical College and Hospital at Jaring in Kalahandi district, rejecting the State Government’s decision to hand over the college to another private company.
The State Government should take immediate decision to clear the uncertainty over the future of the students who had taken admission in the college, OPCC president Prasad Harichandan said.
Such a situation has arisen because of the faulty decision of the State Government, Harichandan said and added that its action has made the future of students uncertain. The State Government cannot avoid its responsibility as the medical college was set up jointly by the Rajas Group and Western Odisha Development Council (WODC).
While the State Government had provided 25 acres of land at Jaring for the establishment of the medical college, the WODC had spent `10 crore for infrastructure development of the educational institution. The medical college can meet the requirement of the backward Kalahandi district only after Government takeover, Harichandan said and added that it can work as referral hospital for the entire KBK region. Meanwhile, the Health and Family Welfare department maintained that as per the direction of the High Court, the process for relocation of 124 students of the medical college to other recognised medical colleges has started.