Special Correspondent

VISAKHAPATNAM: Member of the Legislative Council MVS Sarma and former Vice-Chancellor of Andhra University K.V. Ramana on Thursday led a `shramadan’ programme and cleared the shrubs around the 30-bed government hospital at Gopalapatnam which was languishing due to neglect of the Government.

The MLC took the sickle and cut the shrubs at the programme jointly organized by People for India and Jana Vignana Vedika. “The hospital was inaugurated on August 22, 2004 by Minister K. Rosaiah. But so far no amenities or staff have been provided and the huge hospital building is rendered useless. I understand from the District Medical and Health Officer that the spacious building constructed to house a 30-bed hospital is involved in certain procedural formalities and they stand in the way of making it well-equipped. It appears that during the last four years, as many as eight proposals have been sent by the DMHO to make the hospital functional but to no avail,” he said.

Mr. Sarma promised that he would be associated with the struggle of PFI and JVV to make the building function like a hospital. Vice-chairpersons of PFI Y.L. Narasimha Rao and B.L. Narayana, JVV leaders T. Kameswara Rao, Srikanth and ChVS Prasad, AIDWA leader B. Anantha Lakshmi, local leaders Giri, SV Ramana, Appanna, and journalist Bhaskar, also participated in the manual labour programme.