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Gaur, Gupta submit memo to Arjun

FORMER CHIEF minister and present Gas Relief and Rehabilitation Minister Babulal Gaur and MLA Umashankar Gupta today submitted memorandums to the Union HRD Minister Arjun Singh demanding his intervention in resolving the Bhopal Memorial Hospital and Research Centre imbroglio.

india Updated: Jan 08, 2006 12:22 IST

FORMER CHIEF minister and present Gas Relief and Rehabilitation Minister Babulal Gaur and MLA Umashankar Gupta today submitted memorandums to the Union HRD Minister Arjun Singh demanding his intervention in resolving the Bhopal Memorial Hospital and Research Centre imbroglio.

Singh is also the chairman of the Group of Central Ministers for Gas Relief-related issues. He is said to have assured a delegation led by Gupta that he would convene a high-level meeting within two days and make efforts at resolving the issue.

However, talking to the mediapersons earlier, Arjun Singh had mentioned that it is not within the purview of the Group of Ministers to intervene in this matter.

The letter by Babulal Gaur, urging Arjun Singh to intervene in the matter and get the hospital restarted at the earliest was handed over to the Union Minister by Umashankar Gupta, who himself submitted a separate memorandum making similar appeal.

Both Gaur and Gupta – who held the portfolio of Gas Relief and Rehabilitation minister till recently – mentioned that a stalemate exists between the management of the BMHRC and the employees owing to which the hospital has been closed down.

The BMHRC is a super-specialty hospital set up for the benefit of the gas victims and its closure is causing a lot of problems to the patients. It is for their benefit that the hospital should be restarted immediately, both memorandums mentioned.

The delegation that met Singh also included chairman of the Bhopal Municipal Corporation Ramdayal Prajapati, district BJP president Surendranath Singh, leader of opposition in BMC Ashok Pandey, Alok Sharma, Alok Sanjar and Shyammohan Shrivastava.

First Published: Jan 08, 2006 12:22 IST