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Jayant push for medical complex

Hazaribagh, Aug. 27: Making healthcare a priority, BJP MP from Hazaribagh Jayant Sinha today said he wanted to set up an advanced medical complex in Hazaribagh and for this had been to Jamshedpur recently to study how Tata Main Hospital functioned.

The affable debutante MP, who’s son of former external affairs minister Yashwant Sinha as well as an alumnus of IIT-Delhi and Harvard Business School, presented his “three-month report card” today, adding he was only fulfilling a promise made to people during his election campaign.

“I’d said I would give my performance report from time to time. So here I am,” he said.

One of his big promises during the poll campaign was a medical complex, including a hospital and college, in Hazaribagh where Sadar Hospital horror stories are legion.

“I visited Tata Main Hospital in Jamshedpur to study how it works and approached NTPC, Jindal Group, Tata Group and CCL for funds under corporate social responsibility for the proposed medical complex that will enable us set it up even if the state government doesn’t help. I have also been asking NGOs to help improve healthcare in Hazaribagh,” Jayant claimed.

He added that he had set up a five-person team for a Sewa Kendra at Atal Bhavan, the party office in town, to handle inquiries and complaints.

He claimed they had received and solved hundreds of complaints over the past three months on issues such as water, electricity, roads, medical emergencies, law and order problems and corruption.

“Though power supply is the state’s responsibility, I got over 20 transformers installed,” Jayant said. “I keep tabs on the (ongoing) repair work of Barkagaon-Keredari road and other road projects. I am working on resettlement issues so that companies like NTPC can start projects and generate jobs,” Jayant said.

Jayant added that when people complained about low access to banking facilities here, he met Delhi officials of Bank of India and requested them to set up five branches and several ATMs in Hazaribagh and Ramgarh. “I recommended sites for new branches after taking feedback from people on Facebook and phone,” he said.

He added he was also bullish about implementation of integrated action plan schemes for backward districts. “I recommended schemes to Hazaribagh and Ramgarh DCs,” he said. “The fact that Union agriculture minister Radha Mohan Singh inaugurated Krishi Vigyan Kendra in Mandu, Ramgarh, is a big thing.”

On his Parliament stint, he said: “My party gave me the responsibility to begin debate on the budget in Lok Sabha. I was fortunate enough to serve in the Parliament’s public accounts committee. I worked on a report to improve the use of technology in Parliament, which I submitted to Speaker Sumitra Mahajan a few days ago.”