Monday, January 02, 2006
CM Naveen Patnaik's letter to the PM on 11th Nov 2005
Dear Prime Minister Ji:
The news item that the National Institute of Sciences is now being set up at Kolkata instead of Bhubaneswar has aroused widespread public discontentment. Of late, there has been a public interest litigation in the High Court of Orissa praying that the Institute should not be shifted from Orissa. The people of Orissa feel letdown by the decision to shift the Institute to Kolkata particularly because the Chairman, University Grants Commission had, as early as23.07.2003, indicated establishment of the Institute in Orissa. The site for the institute has already been selected and the change ofdecision at this stage is a serious set back to us. I have taken up the matter with you twice vide my D.O. letter No UM.1/05-421/CM.,Dated 23.08.2005 and No UM.1/05-491/CM., Dated 29.09.2005.
I once again strongly urge that the earlier decision of Government of India may please be honoured and the institute set up in Orissa.
Dr. Manmohan Singh
Prime Minister of India