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All three big parties claim credit for Balangir medical college

Balangir: A political debutant locks horns with two veterans in the Balangir Lok Sabha seat going to polls in the second section on April 18. Congress’ Samarendra Mishra enters the ballot fray for the primary time as Lok Sabha nominee to take on two veterans — Sangeeta Singhdeo of BJP, a three-time MP, and Kalikesh Narayan Singhdeo of BJD, who has won the seat two times. While Sangeeta is sister-in-law of Kalikesh, each from Balangir’s extended royal circle of relatives, Samarendra is son of Congress veteran Narasingha Mishra, who is looking for re-election from Balangir assembly seat.
All the three main parties are seeking credit for a scientific school that got here up on this western Odisha town closing year. While Congress stated the UPA II government initiated the move for the central-sponsored school, the BJP views Modi government made it occur. The BJD stated the Naveen Patnaik government selected Balangir for the college and ensured that the challenge used to be fast-tracked.

Medical school in Balangir, which is named Santha Bhima Bhoi Medical College, took 15 years to be operational. The bold challenge had run into uncertainty with a number of efforts entering into useless. First, in 1999, Western Odisha Development Council (WODC) mooted it on public personal partnership mode. The government in different years inked pact with 3 different personal establishments and they all didn't take the challenge ahead.

With the nearest scientific school, prior to the one commissioned in Balangir closing year, being positioned 110 km away in Burla, Sambalpur district, it had change into a sentimental issue for the folks. It used to be in 2013 that the UPA II government introduced to improve greater than 60 district hospitals across nation to scientific schools. Balangir used to be one among them. In 2014 election additionally, it used to be a promise made via each BJD and Congress.

“For greater than a decade, people have been raising the problem in every forum. They participated in numerous agitations to press for expediting the challenge. Since people sweated it out a lot to peer the challenge bobbing up, they was emotionally considering it,” stated Bighnaraj Mishra, a resident of the town.

This LS segment with greater than 17 lakh citizens additionally witnesses parties’ promises for farmers. The BJD has been banking on Naveen government’s farmer cash help scheme Kalia. The advantages of the scheme, despite the fact that without delay percolated all the way down to farmers in villages thru bank accounts, many eligible farmers had been unsatisfied as they couldn’t get the assistance. The BJP has when put next the Kalia with PM-KISAN and even sought farmers’ information from the state government. The Congress has been harping on promises like farmers’ loan waiver and increasing minimal reinforce value for paddy up to Rs 2,600, which it claims to have carried out in neighbouring Chhattisgarh after change of guard. “The scientific school may by no means have taken a shape had the Congress not taken a step all over UPA II to improve the medical institution right into a scientific school. As for farmers’ help, they wish to be supported for their produce to be self-reliant. They shouldn’t be given bribe,” stated Samarendra.

BJD chief Arun Mishra stated everybody is aware of the position of the state government. “The state government contributed Rs 122 crore out of general 187 crore spent on the challenge. Besides, it has supplied the land additionally,” stated Mishra. The BJP stated there used to be central help of Rs 65 crore for the scientific school.

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