Mr Sarbananda Sonowal, Hon’ble Chief Minister of Assam, Mr Dharmendra Pradhan, Hon’ble Minister for Petroleum and Natural Gas (I/C), accompanied by Mr Dinesh K Sarraf CMD, ONGC dedicated the ONGC multi-specialty hospital ‘Chaolung Sukaphaa’ to the people of Assam, with an investment of Rs 313 crore by ONGC. The Bhoomi Pujan ceremony took place today amidst a huge gathering of locals from different parts of Upper Assam and peoples’ representatives at Rajabari, Sibsagar District, Assam .
Endorsing the vision of Hon’ble Prime Minister of ‘building modern infrastructure in Northeast’ and to unlock its potential ONGC under its CSR initiative is spearheading the multi-specialty hospital in the region. The hospital is dedicated to the people of Assam to ensure quality and affordable healthcare.
Speaking on the occasion, Mr Sarbananda Sonowal, said that the Government is committed to the development of Assam and exhorted the people of Assam to actively participate in the development mission of the Government. He appreciated ONGC for considering the name of maker of unified Assam, Chaolung Sukaphaa, for the upcoming hospital.
Later, Mr Sonowal explained the various welfare programmes of the Prime Minister aimed at empowering women through Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana, Jan Dhan and replacing ‘VIP culture’ with ‘Every Person Important’ culture.
Mr Dharmendra Pradhan congratulated the Assam CM and ONGC for making efforts in conceptualizing the multi-specialty hospital and collaborating with Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Vaidhyakia Pratishthan (BAVP), a non-profit health care organization.
Further, he assured the people of Assam that this hospital would be made suitable for medical and nursing college within two-three years of its establishment. In other towns of Assam, CSR funds of the oil companies will be used developing Nursing colleges.
Sharing the vision 2030 of Hon’ble Prime Minister, Mr Pradhan said the PM has reiterated that there would be no development of India without the development of Northeast. He said that the Government is not going to restrict itself to Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Petroleum Technology and ONGC’s Multi-specialty Hospital, it has several schemes for NE to realize its natural resource potential and train the youth for national development.
Mr Dinesh K Sarraf, speaking on the occasion said, ONGC is committed to improve the health index of Assam and especially Sibsagar. The upcoming multi-specialty hospital to be built by ONGC under CSR in association with Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Vaidhyakia Prathisthan at a cost of Rs 313 Crore in Sibsagar is one such initiative of the company. Further, he explained the functionality of the upcoming hospital.
“This not-for-profit hospital will offer services at a price which is 70 percent less than the market price and will train the local people in medical services. This is the largest CSR initiative of ONGC till date”, he added. He thanked the people of Assam for cooperating with ONGC in its exploration and production activities in the region.
It is envisaged that within two-years, ONGC would be making Internal Medicine, Paediatrics, General Surgery, Pulmonary Medicine, Ophthalmology, ENT, Orthopaedic, and Gynaecology & Obstetrics, an operational blood bank and dialysis facility affordable and accessible.