The state government has sought early intervention of Labour and Employment Ministry for establishment of a 500-bed super-specialty hospital on the outskirts of Bhubaneswar.
In a letter to Union Labour and Employment Minister Bandaru Dattatreya, Naveen said the Employees’ State Insurance Corporation (ESIC) of the Ministry had decided to set up a medical college and hospital at Jagannath Prasad, on the outskirts of the city, for which the Government earmarked 25 acres of land in 2009.
The construction of boundary wall over the allotted land was completed at a cost of Rs. 13.97 crore and the foundation stone for ESI medical college and hospital laid on March 2, 2014.
However, the ESIC in its letter to the State Government on January 14 this year has informed about the decision of the Centre for establishment of a super-speciality hospital.
Stating that Odisha is witnessing rapid growth in industries and service sectors, Naveen said there are 3,78,270 insured persons under the ESI scheme and the figure is likely to exceed eight lakh with the proposal to extend coverage of ESI to the entire State.
The state government has requested the Union Minister for establishment of the proposed 500-bed super-specialty hospital to provide tertiary healthcare to 32 lakh beneficiaries in Odisha.
The UPA Government had announced to set up the hospital on 25 acres of land at an estimated cost of Rs. 701 crore. The then Union Minister for Labour and Employment Oscar Fernandes had laid the foundation stone for a medical college and hospital.
A team of Central Government officers headed by the then Union Secretary, Labour had selected Bhubaneswar as the venue for the proposed medical college in 2013. However, the Centre decided to drop the idea of setting up of medical college and hospital as it was not the core business of the Labour Ministry.
In a visit to review labour welfare schemes of the central government in Bhubaneswar last year, Dattatreya remained non-committal on whether the Centre would go ahead with the project for which the state government has already allotted 25 acre.
Bhubaneswar has less than 3.5 lakh IPs while ESIC considers setting up a medical college if a locality has four to five lakh beneficiaries around the institution.
Bandaru Dattatreya, Union labour minister
Source: The New Indian Express