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Dust on rest house plan

The 1964 batch alumni of Patna Medical College and Hospital (PMCH), while happy to be meeting after ages, are unhappy that their proposal to donate funds to build a dharmashala is gathering dust for the past three years.

Dr Shail Kumar, a US-based urologist and one of the 1964 batch passouts, said: “The 1964 batch of PMCH had sent a proposal to the state government three years ago offering Rs 25 lakh to build a dharmashala on the hospital campus.

“We had requested the government to bear the rest of the expenses. But we are very disappointed at not having received any communication from the state. Following up the proposal, I had mailed the officials concerned but we have not got any response so far. We want to do something for our college but we are helpless.”

Elaborating on the proposal, the urologist said: Patients from remote areas come to this hospital but they don’t have accommodation facilities because of which they are inconvenienced.”

He acknoledged that 50 beds would not be enough to cater to the needs of all the attendants “but it would definitely help a few”.

Sources said a private company had also approached the hospital administration, offering to build the dharmashala free of cost.

PMCH superintendent Dr Amar Kant Jha Amar admitted that a private firm had approached the hospital administration to provide monetary help for construction of a dharmashala but he said he didn’t have any knowledge about the proposal given by the 1964 batch alumni for the same.

“I would suggest if they (1964 batch alumni) are really serious about it, they should put this proposal tomorrow (Tuesday) on the foundation day, as many state government officials would be present at the programme.”

The Telegraph could not contact health principal secretary Deepak Kumar in spite of several attempts.

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