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Congress to back Keonjhar bandh

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Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Mar 6:

The state Congress would back the Keonjhar bandh call given by several organizations on March 7 to protest the apathy of the Odisha government in setting up of a medical college in the district.

“In spite of the fact that Keonjhar district contributes maximum amount of revenue to the exchequer, the state government has been ignoring the genuine demands of the people of the district time and again.

Keeping this in mind, the Congress has decided to extend its support to the bandh call, said Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee (OPCC) president Jayadev Jena in a release here.

Justifying the contention of the bandh call, Jena said the Centre has approved the proposal of the state government for setting up of four medical colleges with 100 seats at Baleswar, Koraput, Mayurbhanj and Balangir districts under the 12th Five Year Plan. Of these four proposed colleges, two colleges would be set up at Baleswar and Mayurbhanj, at a distance of 50 kilometers from each other.

However, the state government has set ignored the demands of the people of Keonjhar to set up a medical college that speaks volumes about its gross apathy towards the district, Jena said.