Organize sit-in at General Office gate, get support of Minister Saryu and BJP leaders
Jamshedpur: More than hundred panchayat representatives of East Singhbhum sat on a pre-planned dharna before General Office Gate at Bistupur to protest the recent hike in admission fee at Tata Main Hospital.
State Food Minister Saryu Roy too, joined the sit-in programme which was led by the vice president of Zila Parishad Rajkumar Singh. He termed the admission fee hike from Rs 5000 to Rs 20,000 as impractical and against the larger interest of poor people.
In a memorandum addressed to the managing director of Tata Steel, Rajkumar Singh demanded revocation of hike in admission fee. He said the agitators would start an indefinite strike and block the General Office Gate at Bistupur in case the demand was not fulfilled before 6th November.
District BJP president Dinesh Kumar and many other party leaders attended the sit-in programme to lend support to the agitators. The former said that TMH was the only major hospital in the city where a large number of people from Jamshedpur as well as from the adjoining districts came for treatment in the hope of recovery. He said the hike had put economic burden on the patients. He said the BJP could not step back as it was an important issue of public interest.
Among those present during the agitation included Zila Parishad president Bulu Rani Singh, Jagannath Mahato, Sunita Sah, Afzal Akhtar and Devyani Murmu.
During the protest programme, the agitators carried placards with slogans against the hike written on them. The agitators said the hike would make treatment a distant dream for the poor and underprivileged patients. They demanded that the TMH management should withdraw the hike in the larger interest of the people.