Chasm in the ruling BJD has come to the fore during the Sambalpur ‘Jansampark Padayatra’ on Friday.
The walkathon has been launched by BJD supremo and Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik here on the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti and to continue till October 11 (Jannayak Jay Prakash Narayan Jaynati) statewide.
However, the Sambalpur episode has sent a wrong message that ‘all is not well with the much-touted united and disciplined BJD party’.
PrameyaNews7 Sambalpur Correspondent reported that the walkathon that started from Sambalpur Jail Chhak witnessed an embarrassing situation when the staunch supporters of Rairakhol MLA and Government Deputy Chief Whip Rohit Pujari entered into a tussle with Sambalpur MLA Rasheswari Panigrahi’s loyal supporters over leadership issue on the occasion.
It was noticed that the tug of war between Rasheswari and Rohit’s acolytes took an ugly turn when the police had to intervene to bring the political commotion under control.
By then, such an unexpected incident has laid bare the so-called united and disciplined image of BJD in Sambalpur and has turned to be a talk of the town that does not augur well for the party’s future prospects, opine local poll pundits.
The Odisha cabinet on Wednesday approved for revival of medical college and hospital in Kalahandi district.
Now, the state government has taken over the medical college and it would induct a suitable private partner through Public private Partnership framework for ensuing the revival and sustainable operationalisation of the medical college and hospital.
As the Medical Council of India has withdrawn its recognition citing lack of infrastructure and adequate faculty, the government has decided to transfer 124 students pursuing medical degree in the college in last two years to private medical colleges in Bhubaneswar.
Chief Secretary GC Pati said the Orissa high court has also directed to all concerned including MCI to take necessary steps for the smooth functioning of the medical college.
Most of the students of newly opened IIM at Sambalpur are either B Tech or M Tech. Most of them were working in reputed companies across the country. While a few left their jobs others are on study leave, informed the IIM authorities here.
“Out of total 49 students, 43 of them are from the engineering background,” informed Prof. Pawan Singh. Similarly, out of the total 49 students, 26 are from the general category, 16 are backward caste (OBC), six from SC and only one from the ST category. Out of the 26 general category students, 24 are engineers. Among the 16 OBC students, 15 are engineers. The first day of the students memorable and hectic at the same time.
“We are satisfied with the faculty and their teaching techniques,” iterated most of the students including one Protyosh Mahajan from Maharastra.
Some students complained about the internet access around the campus. “The campus will soon be provided with wi-fi facility to find solution to the problem,” Singh, the coordinator informed.
Similarly, the library and other facilities for the students will be developed at par with other IIMs of the country, he said
Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi will lead a ‘Save Farmer March’ in Bargarh district during his two-day visit to Odisha to highlight alleged failure of both the Centre and BJD regime in the state in mitigating the plight of peasants.
“Rahul Gandhi is scheduled to embark upon a two-day visit to Odisha on September 10 during which he will lead a Chasi Banchao Padyatra in Bargarh district which is witnessing suicide by farmers,” Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee (OPCC) President Prasad Harichandan told reporters on Tuesday.
In view of drought like situation, mainly in western Odisha where farmers are committing suicide due to crop loss and debt burden, the ‘Save Farmer March’ is being held to emphasise the urgent need to save the distressed peasants, Harichandan said.
The padyatra would also highlight the failure of the BJD government in the state and BJP-led NDA rule at the Centre in bringing relief to the farmers, PCC Chief said. Other programmes for the AICC Vice-President are being worked out, he said.
Hitting out at Naveen Patnaik government, Harichandan accused the BJD regime of failing to respond properly to the drought situation faced by the state and to mitigate the plight of the farmers who are hit hard by scanty rainfall.
No timely step was also taken to ensure that the farmers who are facing crop loss are covered by insurance, he said.
Even though the city is sinking under rising piles of garbage, the proposed Integrated Municipal Solid Waste Management (IMSWM) system for Greater Sambalpur is yet to take off.
The sanitation of the city devoid of IMSWM system can be gauged from the latest ranking of cities under Swachh Bharat Mission. Of 476 cites surveyed across the country on cleanliness parameters, Sambalpur stands at 467 position.
After struggling to find a suitable location to construct solid waste management plant, Sambalpur Municipal Corporation (SMC) had identified land measuring 30 acres at Basantpur here last year. The SMC had also sought Request for Qualification-cum-Request for Proposal (RFQ-cum-RFP) on January 9 this year for selection of the agency to run the system for Greater Sambalpur. The deadline of submission of the proposal was scheduled for February 23. But, there was no response from any bidder. Later, the SMC extended the deadline of submission twice but in vain.
The project was supposed to be developed on Design-Build-Finance-Operate-Transfer (DBFOT) basis on public private partnership (PPP) mode at an estimated cost of Rs 18.05 crore. The scope of the project includes collection of municipal solid waste (MSW) from households, commercial establishments and markets, transportation of waste to secondary collection points and then to the landfill site, development of processing plant and sanitary landfill at Basantpur. The Greater Sambalpur comprising Sambalpur, Burla and Hirakud generates about 100 tonnes of MSW per day.
At present, waste management has become a headache for the SMC which is disposing the garbage whimsically here and there due to lack of a dumping yard. The garbage of Burla is being dumped over five acres of land in Mahatabnagar while in Hirakud, it is disposed near Gandhinagar and Sadeipali.
The civic body was dumping garbage over 26 acres of land at Jamadarpali here from 2011. As the locals objected to it, the dumping was stopped in January last year. Since then, the municipality has been struggling to find a suitable land for disposal of garbage.
The SMC had decided to develop an IMSWM system at Jamadarpali. But, the project failed to take off due to protest by locals.
Deputy Commissioner of SMC Sudhansu Kumar Bhoi said efforts are underway to implement the solid waste management project. Fresh RFQ-cum-RFP will be issued after revision of the shortcomings, he added.