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Odisha minister opens charitable hospital at his disputed home


Reported by Chinmaya Dehury
Bhubaneswar, Sep 2:

Following a furore over grabbing of prime government plots in the name of establishing healthcare facilities, Odisha Revenue minister Bijayshree Routray, whose doctor wife Jyoti Routray is also a beneficiary of such allotment, today finally opened a charitable hospital at the allocated plot, in an apparent move to beat  public criticism and law.

Bijashree Routray, Revenue Minister
Bijashree Routray, Revenue Minister

The Odisha government had allocated the land (Plot no A/117) near Shriya cinema hall at Kharavela Nagar at a subsidised price in 1986 to Jyoti Routray to set up a nursing home. However, there is no trace of a nursing home or hospital on the land, Instead, the family members of Routray are residing in the house built on the allocated plot.

After the General Administration decided to issue show cause notices to the violators, Routray today put up a sign board at the plot mentioning that a charitable hospital would be opened here.

The signage has mentioned that four doctors will provide health service to people from today. While his MBBS wife will on duty everyday except Wednesday, other doctors who would help run the health facility are Dr Alok Swain(Paediatric), Niranjan Padhi,(Orthopaedic) and Dr Birajalaxi Acharya, ENT specialist.

When the irregularities came to the fore, Routray has been denying that he had committed any illegality by occupying the plot instead of setting up of a nursing home on the allotted plot.

The minister Routray had said the clinic run by his wife did not do any worthwhile business because she did not have any specialsiation and the building that had come up on the plot was later became his residence. He also said he did not own any residential plot in the state capital

It may be mentioned here, that in at least thirteen cases, the allottees of land meant for hospitals and nursing homes have been used for other purposes.

The matter has put the state Revenue minister Bijayshree Routray in the eye of a storm after it was found out that the land allotted to his doctor wife was converted into the private residence of the minister.