No funds flow, Govt looks to Sai Baba

Monday November 5 2007 09:21 IST
Express News Service

BHABANESWAR: With the Centre looking the other way and the State unable to find investors for the proposed medical colleges in Balangir and Rourkela, the Government is in search of some ‘divine intervention’ — it has sought the help of Satya Sai Baba whose trust runs a number of specialty hospitals. Even the State’s demand for more funds for the Netaji Subhas Bose All- India Institute of Medical Science has been ignored by the Centre and there is little hope of a speedy work on the project.

Five ministers and MLA Kalpataru Das are on a trip to Puttaparthi, abode of Sai Baba. They are carrying a letter from Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, who has requested the seer to put up a superspecialty hospital in the State. The Chief Minister has assured all land and logistic support free of cost for the proposed hospital. The Satya Sai Medical Trust is running two superspecialty hospitals — one in Prasanthigram in Anantpur district of Andhra Pradesh and the other in Whitefield, Bangalore.

The BJD ministers on the special mission are Prafulla Ghadei, S.N. Patro and Padmanabha Behera. They are now at Kurnool where they met Sai Baba on Sunday. They will proceed to Puttaparthi on Monday. Two other senior BJP ministers, B.B. Harichandan and Manmohan Samal, have left for Bangalore to join the BJD team at Puttaparthi. The ministerial team will stay there for two days to discuss the hospital project, Energy Minister Patro told this paper.

Tamil Nadu-based Selvam Charitable Trust is constructing a 300-bed Medical College and Hospital at Bhawanipatna in Kalahandi district.


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