Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Sambalpur, June 1:
Representatives of State Technical Education and Training Department today visited three places in Sambalpur proposed as possible sites for the upcoming Indian Institute of Management (IIM) in Odisha.
After visiting the sites in Rengali, Lambadunguri and Gosala, the team also held a meeting with the Northern RDC and district collector and discussed the five points on which the Union HRD ministry has sought clarifications.
This tour bears significance as based on the report of this team, the State Technical Education and Training Department will hold a meeting with the Union HRD ministry on June 5 to discuss the five points raised by it earlier in a letter.
“We will submit our report and the State Government and the Central Government will take a call on it,” said Bishnupada Sahu, Director of State Technical Education and Training Department.
“The Union Government will decide on the location that suits them. We will submit our report based on the ground realities and whatever we can offer here,” said NBS Rajput, RDC, Northern Range.
In a bid to put pressure on the government to seal Sambalpur as th location of the IIM, local BJD workers today agitated in front of Rajput’s office against the delay and sought intervention of the Prime Minister.
“The big guns are playing around. I don’t understand this letter politics. Why don’t they send their representatives and get the verification done! This is a cruel joke on us. This project can’t take off without the intervention of the Prime Minister,” said BJD MLA Raseswari Panigrahi.
“This sort of exchange of letters between the Union HRD Ministry and the State Government is not a very encouraging sign in a democracy. I urge the Chief Minister to go and meet the HRD minister himself or send a group of ministers or delegates to meet the HRD Minister directly. If required, they should also meet the Prime Minister,” opined senior BJP leader and spokesperson Suresh Pujari.