Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Oct 29:
Senior Congress leader Niranjan Patnaik today came out in strong support of the demand for setting up the proposed Indian Institute of Management (IIM) in the state in western Odisha.
In a press release here today, Patnaik said resentment has been growing in the area due to consistent and continued neglect of western Odisha by the present government, which was not a healthy sign for the state.
“As the state capital, Bhubaneswar has rightfully got its share of several national level institutions. In view of the available infrastructure and air connectivity, it may be easier to set up another institute here. But the demands of equitable development require the development of all regions in the state,” the former PCC chief said.
Despite not being state capitals, IIMs have been set up in Indore and Kozhikode, he pointed out.
“Besides, there is a plan to set up an airport in Jharsuguda and hence there should be no problem in setting up the IIM in western Odisha. The setting up various institutions and development of infrastructure would leave no room for heartburn in western Odisha,” he said.
Maintaining that the consistent neglect of western Odisha is an example of the state government’s short-sightedness, Patnaik urged both the state and central governments to accept the demand of the people to set up the IIM in the region.