Breaking News

SUM fire: Atanu yields to pressure, resigns

Bhubaneswar, Oct 21: Health and Family Welfare Minister Atanu Sabyasachi Nayak, who was facing flak over the SUM Hospital fire that killed 25 persons and also a series of inefficiencies involving his department, on Friday resigned from his post owing moral responsibility.

The development came amid mounting pressure on Nayak to quit his post, particularly after the SUM fire issue was telecasted in national news channels damaging Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik’ image.

The Chief Minister was convinced by his advisors that Nayak’s removal would only help him restore the Government's image.

“Mr Atanu Sabyasachi Nayak has sent his resignation letter to me on moral grounds. I have accepted this and sent the letter to the Governor,” Patnaik told mediapersons here on Friday evening.

Nayak had been in the eye of storm ever since 70 infants died at the Sishu Bhawan in Cuttack in August last year following which Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi visited the hospital and blasted the Naveen Patnaik Government for the death of kids.

Then came the shocking incident of Dana Majhi carrying his wife's body on his shoulders after being denied ambulance by Kalahandi DHH which brought shame to the Government globally. The ongoing continuous death of children due to Japanese Encephalitis in Malkangiri district where over 60 kids were killed in the disease also exposed the inefficiency of the Minister.

No comments