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Pradeep Pattanayak

Urging the government to make Mahanadi Institute of Medical Sciences and Research (MIMSAR) at Talcher functional and take up its management, hundreds of people on Wednesday visited the Sub-Collector’s office and submitted a memorandum to Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik through him. 

They threatened that they would gherao the Odisha Legislative Assembly if no step is taken to make the Talcher medical college functional.  

Hundreds of residents of Ghantapada Panchayat took out a rally that passed through the streets of the Talcher town before culminating at the Sub-Collector’s office.  There, they took the matter up with the Sub-Collector and submitted a memorandum to him, which was addressed to the Chief Minister. 

“Talcher being a coal-based mining town, we have been suffering from various diseases and the government is doing nothing to run the medical college. If no immediate step is taken, we would gherao the Odisha Legislative Assembly,” said Sunil Biswal, an aggrieved villager. 

The medical college has been built and necessary equipment procured at the cost of Rs 1000 crore. With these equipment lying unused for around five years now, it is doubted that most of them might have damaged, the villagers alleged. 

Once made functional, the medical college will strengthen the efforts of the State government to improve the capacity of the medical education institutions in the State besides helping the people of Angul and adjacent districts get quality health care facilities.

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