Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Baripada, May 11:
Normal life was severely affected in Odisha’s Mayurbhanj district today due to a 12-hour dawn to dusk bandh observed by various organisations and political parties protesting the delay in admissions to Pandit Raghunath Murmu Medical College here.
The bandh is being observed by district bar association, district Congress, CPI, CPI(M) and district traders’ association.
The activists of the parties blocked NH-49 and NH-18 this morning affecting vehicular movement.
Government offices, educational institutions, shops and business establishments remained closed as the activists resorted to picketing to enforce the bandh.
Worth mentioning, though the Odisha government had earlier announced that admissions to the medical college and hospital will start from this academic session, it is yet to receive the Letter of Permission (LoP) from the centre.
The Health and Family Welfare Department of Odisha has written to the Supreme Court mandated Oversight Committee seeking its intervention in issue of the letter of permission for Pandit Raghunath Murmu Medical College and Hospital.
Earlier, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik had also sought Union Health Minister JP Nadda’s intervention in this regard.