New Delhi: The President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind, dedicated a medical college and hospital to the nation and addressed a public gathering at the Baliram Kashyap Memorial College Campus, Jagdalpur, Chhattisgarh yesterday.
The newly built building of Baliram Kashyap Memorial College comes at a cost of Rs 170 crore. The Medical College Hospital has the capacity of 650 beds of which 500 bed facility has been initiated.
Speaking on the occasion, the President said that the essence of our country lies in regions such as Bastar. “If one wants to experience the soul of India, one must come here. And in the development of rural and tribal areas lies the development of India,” he said
” The Government Medical College that has been established here in the memory of the late Baliram Kashyap links the traditions of this region with the study of modern medical science. Baliram Kashyap was the “Voice of Bastar”. He was an energetic advocate of the development of this region and a much respected public figure. I was fortunate to know him closely.” he added
” Today, I feel a sense of satisfaction in inaugurating this medical college and hospital. It will be very valuable for the residents of Bastar and I dedicate this hospital to them. ”
The President said that this is a moment of dramatic changes in India. Great efforts are being made for the welfare and development of rural and tribal communities. Housing for all, especially for the poor, with facilities for a toilet, drinking water and electricity, are a national endeavour. New schools and educational institutions, including IITs and AIIMS, are being established. Skills-based training is being imparted to young people. Fellow citizens from smaller locations and with moderate incomes are experiencing air travel at affordable rates. Gradually, the gap between the well-off and the not-so-well-off is becoming smaller.