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Odisha CM demands Bangolore-type NIMHANS

Bhubaneswar, May 8: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Friday met Union Health and Family Welfare Minister Jagat Prasad Nadda at New Delhi and drew the attention of the latter about the need of Super Specialty Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences at Cuttack on the pattern of NIMHANS Bangalore, to cater to the need of the entire eastern region.

Patnaik informed that the State Government has already identified 18.33 acres of land for the purpose at Ramdaspur in Barang Tehsil, Cuttack.

Patnaik also urged Nadda to approve the revised Detailed Project Reports along with estimates for establishing five new Medical Colleges at Koraput, Bolangir, Puri, Balasore and Baripada at a cost of Rs 2450.90 crore.

Maintaining that there was an urgent need to strengthen the drug regulatory system in the State including setting up of a Drug Testing Laboratory at Sambalpur and the Chief Minister impressed upon the Union Minister to approve the project proposal costing Rs 56.35 crore early.

In addition, Patnaik mentioned that the State Government has decided to allot an acre of land in Khurda district for setting up of Central Cosmetic Testing Laboratory which may be sanctioned early as that would facilitate testing of cosmetics manufactured in the entire eastern region including in Odisha, Jharkhand, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, West Bengal and Assam.

Further, he brought to the notice of the Union Minister that his Government has handed over physical possession of 10 acres of land in Bhubaneswar to the construction agency, Hindustan Lifecare Limited (HLL) for setting up of a Regional Institute of Para Medical Sciences and has also consented to the revised cost in the range of Rs 150-180 crore for this project and accordingly urged upon the Union Minister to expedite construction of this project.

Patnaik also highlighted the need to upgrade the existing Regional Centre, Cuttack to State Cancer Institute and assist other medical colleges including Burla Medical College, Sambalpur, MKCG Medical College Hospital, Berhampur and District Hospital, Bhawanipatna to enhance the Tertiary Cancer Care facilities in the State.

He informed the Union Minister that the detailed proposals in prescribed format have already been submitted by the State and impressed upon the Union Minister to sanction one time financial assistance upto Rs.120 crore for the State Cancer Institute and of Rs.45 crore for each of the Tertiary Cancer Care Centres.

Patnaik brought to the notice of the Union Minister that Government of Odisha has already handed over physical possession of 20 acres of land in Khurda district for setting up of the Central Institute of Yoga and Naturopathy and urged upon the Union Minister to expedite the establishment of the Central Research Institute.

He also urged the Chief Minister to enhance the fund provided under Rashtriya Arogya Nidhi to Rs 10 crore per annum.


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