Saturday, December 17, 2005
December 17 2005 09:13 IST
BHUBANESWAR: A high level delegation from CPM on Friday met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in New Delhi and submitted a memorandum demanding establishment of National Science Institute (NIS) in Orissa under the Utkal University.
The delegation also demanded early commencement of work of the proposed petrochemical complex at Paradip and branch of All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) at Sijua near here.
Other demands of the delegation included granting IIT status to Burla Engineering College.
The delegation included politburo member Sitaram Yechury, Leader of CPM in Lok Sabha Basudev Acharya, Secretary of the Orissa committee Janardan Pati, P Madhu, Babu Rao, Dipankar Mukherjee and Amitav Nandi.
Foundation stones for the oil refinery at Paradip and AIIMS branch at Sijua were laid by then Prime Minister A.B. Vajpayee when NDA was in power at the Centre. However, both the projects have not taken off.
While the oil refinery project has been enhanced to a petrochemical complex, the AIIMS project is yet to start. Besides, the Centre has decided to shift the proposed NIS from Orissa to West Bengal drawing criticism from all quarters.
The delegation alleged that the NDA Government had announced the projects without making any budgetary provision. The Prime Minister assured the delegation that he will take steps for starting these projects.
Meanwhile, the state unit of Samajwadi Party staged a dharna on Friday in front of the Raj Bhavan demanding establishment of NIS in Orissa. A delegation from the party led by State unit chief Baisnab Parida met Governor Rameswar Thakur and submitted a memorandum to him in this regard.
comment: Highly appreciated to see all party efforts for this great cause but do not make it a political issue by accusing each other.