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Plot allocated to Odisha minister’s wife for nursing home inspected

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Reported by Chinmaya Dehury
Bhubaneswar, Sep 3:

A day after Odisha’s Revenue Minister Bijayshree Routray’s MBBS wife opened a charitable hospital at the plot in Kharavela Nagar allocated to her for the purpose way back in 1988, a joint team of Accountant General (AG), General Administration (GA) department and Directorate of Medical Education and Training (DMET) today inspected the premises and found that a clinic was running on the plot.

 

Signage of the clinic opened at the minister's house
Signage of the clinic opened at the minister’s house

The land was being used for residential purpose while it had been allocated for setting up of a nursing home,

The team found that a clinic was running on the allocated plot and patients were coming to avail free medical check up. Interestingly, the clinic was opened today and Jyoti Routray, wife of the Revenue minister, was prescribing medicines for the patients even though the signage placed at the premises clearly stated that Wednesday was a holiday for Mrs Routray.

“We have come to inspect whether the clinic is running or not at the plot allocated by government. We found that the clinic is running and patients are coming,” said an official of AG.

He, however, did not reveal what the team will report to the government.

Notably, the Odisha government had allocated the land (Plot no A/117) near Shriya cinema hall at Kharavela Nagar at a subsidised price in 1988 to Jyoti Routray to set up a nursing home. However, there was no trace of a nursing home or hospital on the land till two days back. Instead, the family members of Routray are residing in the house built on the allocated plot.

Only yesterday, a sign board was put up mentioning that four doctors will provide health service to people from today. While the minister’s MBBS wife will be on duty everyday except Wednesday, other doctors who would help run the health facility are Dr Alok Swain (Paediatrics), Niranjan Padhi,(Orthopaedics) and Dr Birajalaxmi Acharya, ENT specialist.

The GA department has issued show cause notices to 13 individuals or institutions, who had not used the land allocated to them for setting up hospitals or nursing home and had used it for residential or commercial purposes.