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Months of speculations over as Sonia Gandhi inaugurates 200 bed
hospital this afternoon
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UPA Chairperson Mrs. Sonia Gandhi delivering the inaugural
speech in Malegaon
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Congress President Mrs. Sonia Gandhi
inaugurated the 200-bed General Hospital today afternoon in Malegaon.
With this months of speculations over who would actually cut the
ribbon before the hospital is opened for the general public came to
"Today I formally declare to
handover this magnificent hospital for the people in and around
Malegaon", Mrs. Gandhi said in her inaugural speech while recalling
the promise she had made to the people in 2006.
The hospital would be opened for the
general public from tomorrow.
Earlier in her speech Mrs. Gandhi
while terming the tremendous work done by her government for the
minorities and the weaker section of the society no less than a
history said, "We have worked for the minorities and dalits in the
past and will continue to do so in future."
Stating that Malegaon is the place
where people from all across the country come and settle to earn
their livelihood, Mrs. Gandhi said, "Our wholehearted support will
always be there for Malegaon and its revival."
While the inaugural function was
presided over by State Chief Minister Ashok Chavan, Union Health
Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad was present on the occasion as a Chief
Besides them, Dy.
Chief Minister Chagan Bhujbal and half a dozen State ministers were
also present in the much awaited and widely publicised function
attended by local leaders and a select gathering of 5000 people.
the strict security measures for Mrs. Sonia Gandhi, the general
public was not allowed to attend the much awaited inaugural function.
inaugural function would be attended only by a gathering of selected
people who are already issued the entry passes", Sanjay Patil
Additional SP said in a press release circulated in the local media
while appealing the people not to crowd the venue.
Malegaon has a couple of other hospitals run by the Civic Body, they
miserably lack in professional staff, machineries and other
facilities. "With the opening of this hospital people in Malegaon
would not have to rush to the neighboring places and private
hospitals for medical treatment", assured the local administration.
of the Hospital
Though the government figures show an estimated 16 crore rupees that
spent on the hospital, locals believe the Malegaonians have paid a
very heavy price to get this hospital for the town.
“We had undergone through a series
of communal riots and two terrorist attacks before the Government
realized the town needs an equipped government hospital in the
town”, Malik Bakrawala, a local activist says while speaking to
ummid.com. “Apart from whatever the Government
had spent on this hospital in the form of money, the innocent lives
killed in several riots and specially those who were killed in 2006
serial blast played a major
role in converting this dream project into a reality for the
Malegaonians", he adds.
The hospital inauguration was earlier planned before the
parliamentary elections. However after the strong opposition from
few local leaders who threatened of dire consequences if the
hospital was inaugurated without the required machineries, the
authorities postponed its opening.
Hospital was promised by Mrs. Sonia Gandhi herself when she had
visited the town after 2006 serial blast. And how important this
project was for her can be gauged from the fact that after winning
the parliamentary election, she began her Maharatshtra tour by
inaugurating this hospital. She is scheduled to inaugurate the
Bandra- Worli sea link later in the evening.
The Road that led to the Hospital
Shashwat Gupta Ray is the senior journalist who had exposed the role
of the Hindu Extremists involved in the April 2006 Nanded blast. On
the first anniversary of the Malegaon 2006 blast, he was in Malegaon
to cover the demonstration organized by the local organizations to
protest against the shoddy probes carried by the investigating
agencies. Walking down the streets he was aghast to see the general
conditions in Malegaon and the people who were literally living under
inhuman conditions. “These are the real facts of Malegaon that
unfortunately were earlier hidden under the debris of the communal
riots and are now being buried under the shadow of the terrorist attacks”, Shashwat had observed.
His observations have now become a history. However by maintaining
communal harmony after the terrorist attacks in 2006 and 2008, meant
according to the investigating agencies for creating communal unrest
in the town, the Malegaonians forced the Government to realize the
injustice and negligence meted to Malegaon – the town in North Maharashtra
famous for the textile industry and predominated by the Muslim
ever since independence.
Leave alone the other facilities enjoyed by the neighboring places, the
government failed in providing the essential services and basic
amenities to Malegaon in last sixty years. That the town doesn’t
have even a proper government hospital was brought to the notice of
every leader visiting the town after any calamity. In fact when
Mrs. Sonia Gandhi was in Malegaon after the worst ever communal
riots in October 2001, she had reportedly suggested to Vilasrao
Deshmukh, then Chief Minister of the State, who had accompanied her
to the town that Malegaon should at least have a government owned
However, Vilasrao Deshmukh did not pay any heed to Mrs. Gandhi’s
suggestion and it was only in 2006 when she visited the town once
again after the serial blast that Mrs. Gandhi realised her
suggestion made to the State Government five years before was thrown
into somewhere in a dustbin.
“Many innocent lives would have been saved had there been a proper
government hospital at the time the terrorists attacked the
worshipers who were praying inside the mosque”, Shafeeque Ahmad had
said to Mrs. Gandhi while refusing to accept the compensation cheque
saying, “The town needs actual amenities instead of few thousand
rupees.” Shafeeque Ahmad had lost his son and the nephew in the
Seldom had in the history anyone returned the compensation cheque in
the manner Shafeeque Ahmad did in front of Mrs. Gandhi. “Mrs. Gandhi
was stunned beyond imagination. The incident made the headlines for
next several days”, Imtiyaz Khalil, a journalist who had witnessed
the incident recalls.
Vilasrao Deshmukh was sitting by her side even this time around and
though Mrs. Gandhi was shocked, he sat unperturbed throughout the
drama, recalls Malik Bakrawala. Later on Mrs.
Gandhi herself promised a general hospital for Malegaon.
However having promised by Mrs. Gandhi, undoubtedly the most
powerful person in the country, doesn’t mean the Malegaonians got
the hospital in a first go. It required continuous follow-up with
the Central Government and the personal effort persistently taken by
the Planning Commission Member Dr. Syeda Hameed before Malegaon could
actually see the promise made by Mrs. Gandhi translating into a
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