Co-operation Minister H.S. Mahadeva Prasad yesterday laid the foundation stone for ‘Prajwala’, the third phase of MRC Eye Hospital on Vinaya Marga in Siddarthanagar at a function organised by the Mysore Race Club Charitable Trust.

Speaking on the occasion, he lauded the efforts of Mysore Race Club in its endeavour to change the popular concept that the Race Course was meant for gambling.

Stating that the hospital had so far provided help to 10 lakh people besides organising eye surgeries for nearly 70,000 patients during its 19-year service, he promised to get clearance for the project of setting up an Eye Bank by MRC Charitable Trust.

Elaborating, the Minister said that the Trust which had taken up the expansion project at a cost of Rs. 2 crore had installed ultra modern equipments at the new M.A.M. Ramaswamy Operation Theatre to help poor people of Mysore and surrounding areas.

Industrialist and MRC member R. Guru, who launched the website of the hospital, hoped that the hospital would live up to its name of ‘Prajwala’ which means brightness.

Former MRC Chairman B.G. Muthappa, R. Guru and C. Vishwanatha Iyer who donated funds to the hospital were felicitated on the occasion.

Former MRC Chairman Chaduranga Kantharaj Urs unveiled the portraits of past Chairmen (who are no more) of MRC Charitable Trust.

MRC Chairman Dr. D. Sathyanarayan, former Chairman K.A. Muddappa, Dr. N.M. Srinivas, Chairman of MRC Hospital Committee Dr. C.D. Srinivasa Murthy, Dr. N. Nithyananda Rao and others were present.

Rs. 90 lakh donated

Dr. M.A.M. Ramaswamy had donated Rs. 65 lakh for the development of MRC Charitable Eye Hospital while members C. Vishwanatha Iyer donated Rs. 15 lakh and R.Guru donated Rs. 10 lakh.

Courtesy : Star Of Mysore