Trouble deepens for Sum: State gov takes action


Bhubaneswar: Trouble poured in for Sum hospital authorities from all quarters on Friday with state government delisting the hospital from two important government schemes while BDA officials reveal lapses in planning of the hospital building. Meanwhile, four supporters of Sum owner Manoj Nayak have been detained by Jharpada police for attacking on media.

DMET today issued a notification that the Health and Family Welfare department has decided to remove Sum hospital from the empanelled list of hospitals for the Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojana and also removed it from list of referral hospitals under the Odisha State Treatment Fund. The notification came in soon after Khurda district collector Niranjan Sahu gave a statement that it is not possible for the Collector himself to oversee every document. He blamed the CDMO for giving conditional clearance to Sum hospital despite no fire clearance certificate.

In another development, BDA planning member Sudhir Mohanty informed that enquiring regarding fire safety clearance is routine for BDA for multistoreyed buildings higher than 15 metres. But BDA had found that neither Sum had the fire clearance nor adhered to planning rules of BDA. Officials said action will be taken against Sum authorities for flouting BDA rules.

Meanwhile, media members who had gathered outside Jharpada jail to report Sum owner Manoj Nayak being taken on remand were, in the presence of police, attacked by a group of miscreants, all of who were supporters of Nayak. Four of them have been detained by the police.


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