Congress wants the government to increase student intake

The city unit of the Congress staged a demonstration in front of the office of the Revenue Divisional Commissioner, southern Division, on Saturday demanding that the State government increase the student intake in MKCG Medical College.

Senior leaders of the party, including former Union Minister Chandrasekhar Sahu, secretaries of the Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee — Bikram Panda and Ram Chandra Behera — district Congress president Bhagaban Gantayat, and city Congress president Sanjit Panigrahy led the demonstration.

They alleged that since more than a decade the college, which was the only referral hospital in south Odisha, was being neglected by the government. They handed over a memorandum addressed to the Chief Minister at the office of the RDC.

The Congress leaders alleged that the long-standing demand of the people to increase the intake of students was not being met due to lack of infrastructure at the institution.

“The Medical Council of India is not agreeing only due to lack of infrastructure,” Mr. Sahu said.

Odisha has three government medical colleges in Cuttack, Berhampur, and Burla. From the current academic year, the seats in SCB Medical College in Cuttack has been increased by 100.

In December 2012, while attending the golden jubilee celebration of the MKCG Medical College, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik had promised that the intake in the college would be increased by 100. But nothing materialised yet. At present, the only government medical college in south Odisha has an intake 150 students for its MBBS course.

The Congress leaders claimed that most of the developmental works in the medical college took place during the Congress rule in the State and it was being neglected by the BJD.

They said that due to lack of infrastructure and staff, the quality of service was also deteriorating in the hospital attached to the medical college. “This is forcing patients to shift to hospitals in Visakhapatnam, Cuttack, or Bhubaneswar,” they said. The government’s apathy was also affecting a large number of poor and tribal people of south Odisha.

They threatened to launch an agitation if the government did not take immediate measures to improve infrastructure in the college.


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