Odisha: Protest offing by organizations, As Jagatsinghpur excluded to get proposed PPP hospitals


Report by Kahnu Nanda; Jagatsinghpur: Protest and demonstration are offing,to be intensified in coming days as Jagatsinghpur district does not figure in the proposed Public Private Partnership [PPP] mode sophisticated hospitals list as planned by state government.
Dissenting the state government decision on Friday several organizations as district bar association, journalist association, municipality chairman and councilors, Congress party and few social activists submitted separate memorandums addressed to state chief minister through Additional district magistrate [ADM], Jagatsinghpur.
Furthermore few youths and some organizations cutting across party line has decided to launch a ‘Padayatra’ to Bhubaneswar pressing their demand, informed Pramod kumar Swain, secretary Urmilochan Pathagara here. However the date has not been settled but supports are pouring from across the district for conducting the Padayatra, Swain added.
The district bar association members led by president Raj Kishor Behera on Friday staged demonstration and submitted a memorandum before ADM Jagatsinghpur fuming residents worrisome excluding Jagatsinghpur from the proposed PPP hospitals.
Soon after lawyers body departed from Collectorate, hundreds of Congress supporters led by district president Natabar Barik entered ADM office and surrendered a memo including Jagatsinghpur name in the proposed PPP mode hospitals, failing this Congress party will go to street, threatened congress leaders.
While sources added that Jagatsinghpur municipality chairman Biplab Choudhury accompanying few councilors too protested before ADM office on Friday opposing non-inclusion of Jagatsinghpur name in the proposed PPP hospitals and submitted a memo addressed to chief minister, chief secretary, health minister and few higher-ups connecting to health department.
Meanwhile district scribes body too submitted a memo before ADM protesting state government’s unfamiliarity giving a PPP hospital to Jagatsinghpur and lauded launching a massive public awareness campaign, said association president Radhakanta Mishra.