April 14, 2021: In a sheer philanthropic fervor and as a tribute to his mother state of Odisha, Mindtree co-founder and chairman of Odisha Skill Development Academy Subroto Bagchi and his wife Susmita Bagchi, the chairperson of Odisha’s Mo School programme, have granted a lavish Rs 340 crore donation for the foundation of a state-of-the-art cancer hospital and a palliative care centre in Bhubaneswar.
Business tycoon Subroto Bagchi grants lump sum for Odisha healthcare
The project of establishing a Cancer hospital and research institute in the capital city, received a sanction by the state Cabinet this Monday, vouching for an installation of the most advanced care and evidence-based management of cases along with an international standard palliative care facility.
The non-profit Bengaluru trust, Sri Shankara Cancer Foundation, is to set up the Bagchi-Sri Shankara Cancer Hospital and Research Centre at Info Valley here.
It will be facilitated with a 20-acre plot by the state government along with a Rs 210 crore contribution of the Bagchis toward the fruition of the vision.
The Cancer Hospital
Predicted to be operational by January 2024, the Cancer Hospital will initially be equipped with 250 beds, which will subsequently increase to a 500.
A 25 per cent will be set under the facility of free treatment and another 25 per cent for patients supported under various government schemes.
The final 50 percent beds will be the paid ones. The funds raised will be invested in expansion and for the support of the poor patients.
Close to the premises of the Cancer hospital will be constructed the Bagchi-Karunashraya Palliative Care Centre, by the Bengaluru based palliative care organisation of Karunashraya. For its establishment the state government will provide a 20-acre land carrying a relief of Rs 130 crore from the charitable duo.
Other charities by Subroto Bagchi and wife Susmita
This certainly does not mark the first of the charities done by the Bagchis.
Even in the trying times of the novel coronavirus pandemic, the couple came to the front, gracing the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund (CMRF) with Rs 10 crore in two phases in the year, 2020.
Making a universal statement, on behalf of the couple, Susmita humbly reminded the richly bestowed people in India to not cower down when the country needs financial aid in public health matters, she said, “It is our moral duty. Both Subroto and I are deeply grateful to the government of Odisha for accepting our contribution. It is a small gesture to pay back to our home state.”
Promising their share in factualising the vision, Subroto said, “Susmita and I will donate Rs 340 crore to bring Karunashraya to set up a world class palliative care unit and Sri Shankara Foundation for a cutting-edge cancer hospital.” Thanking the CM for the dream and aid, he verbally envisaged Odisha to become a leading oncology player in India.
Reiterating the pious act of unconditional servitude by the husband and wife, Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan tweeted, “They have added another glorious chapter to the rich legacy of legendary Utkal Mani Gopabandhu Das and Baimundi. I pray to Mahaprabhu Jagannath to bless the generous couple and keep inspiring fellow Odias.”