Monday, October 26, 2015

Dharna to press for state takeover of Sardar Rajas

Times of India, Oct 26, 2015
,TNN | Oct 26, 2015, 08.41 AM IST
BHAWANIPATNA: Demanding takeover of the Sardar Rajas Medical College by the state government, the joint action committee has decided to sit on a dharna here at Bhawanipatna from October 28.

The president of the JAC, Akhyaya Kumar Nanda, allegedly told mediapersons here on Sunday that the cabinet decision to cancel the MoU with Selvam Educational and Charitable Trust and assurance to sign the new MoU with the PPP mode was taken prior to the BJD's padayatra so that the Kalahandi people do not show their resentment.

He alleged that the state government has not yet clarified its decision on how it will run the college in Kalahandi's Jaring area here.

Nanda alleged that by not using the Backward Region Grant Fund (BRGF) a fund of Rs 1,500 crore, the state government returned it to the Centre, which was allocated in the last five years.

"Had the state wanted, it could have spent the fund by taking over the medical college itself," Dr Nanda said.

Earlier, on the demand of state takeover of the college, students of Sardar Rajas Medical College, led by the JAC, supported by the political parties, were on strike from August 1-28 and Kalahandi remained bandh for two days which had caused the normal life out of gear.

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