Bhubaneswar, Feb 19: Union Petroleum and Natural Gas and Steel Minister Dharmendra Pradhan urged the Central Government and Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik for establishment a hostel in Bhubaneswar for girls belonging to minority communities and a medical college in Bhadrak under the the Pradhan Mantri Jan Vikas Karyakaram (PMJVK).
In a letter dated on February 14, Pradhan said that Ministry of Minority Affairs sanctions projects under the Pradhan Mantri Jan Vikas Karyakaram (PMJVK) only in the identified Minority Concentration Areas where there is more than 25% minority population and the area is relatively backward in socio economic and basic amenities parameters as compared to the national average.
He urged Union Minority Affairs Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi to allow projects like girls’ hostel, residential schools, ITIs skill centres in locations where students belonging to minority communities migrate to in search of better facilities for education, skill, healthcare in the state capitals and other metropolitan cities.
“I request you to instruct expeditious action for making provisions to cover major cities as well as state capitals under the PMJVK scheme, so that infrastructure support in priority sectors such as education, health, skill, women empowerment etc, can be made available in these cities as well,” Pradhan wrote.
Moreover, in view of need for tertiary medical facilities in Bhadrak district, Pradhan requested Patnaik to set up a medical college in the coastal district under the PMJVK.
In a letter to Patnaik dated on February 17, the Union Minister said that having a medical college in Bhadrak district would be extremely helpful in providing the required healthcare facilities for people in and around Bhadrak.
He said that the PMJVK scheme, which is implemented by the Ministry of Minority Affairs, provides for creation of community assets and health is one of the priority sectors under the scheme. In consultation with the Department of Health, Odisha, the State may forward duly approved proposal to the Ministry of Minority Affairs for consideration of the above requirement.
“I request you to give necessary instructions to the concerned, to send a detailed proposal for medical college in Bhadrak district to the Union Ministry of Minority Affairs under the PMJVK scheme,” Pradhan stated in the letter.