Exactly after two months it started its operation, the Air Odisha has decided to ground its aircrafts from tomorrow citing the reason that the State Government is not paying the subsidy and rebate on aviation turbine fuel and exemption on value added tax.
Yesterday, the airline stopped it services to Sambalpur and Rourkela while it would stop flights to Jeypore and will ground its crafts totally tomorrow. The Air Odisha Operations department said services will be withdrawn as the company is not getting the operational subsidy promised by the State government.
The nine-seater planes had started their flights from the Biju Patnaik international airport in Bhubaneswar to four cities, Jharsuguda, Rourkela, Sambalpur and Jeypore, on January 19. Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik had flagged off the service.
According to sources, the airline was getting subsidy from the State Government on the basis of nautical miles it flies in a month. The price was fixed at 222 rupees per nautical miles with a cap on total subsidy of 8 crore rupees annually.
While it is claimed all around that institutional delivery is safer for both mothers and newborns and ambulances are available at single phone calls, but reality in the remote areas in Odisha is fully different.
Such a naked incident came to the fore in Birasingera village under Lanjigarh block of Kalahandi district on Tuesday. After a woman, Yamuna, got labour pain, her husband Patra Majhi went 4 km to reach Banigaon and meet ASHA Worker Golapi Nayak for help. Golapi soon dialled to 102 and 108 Ambulance numbers.
While the phones went on ringing, nobody received them. So with no choice left, Patra Majhi and his father carried Yamuna in in a Bhara (a carriage made of a long bamboo stick and a thick blanket) all long a distance of eight kilometres to reach the Lajigarh hospital.
Luckily, the woman delivered after reaching the hospital. Condition of Yamuna and her child are stated to be fine. The incident occurred on the International Women’s Day, and that too in an Adivasi-dominated village, has shocked the intellectuals.
Agri-startup Milk Mantra is eying Rs 1,000 crore turnover in five years as it look to strengthen position in the eastern parts by expanding milk shake brands across the country.
Fidelity Growth Partners backed startup is also planning to raise $25 million from VC funding to finance growth plans.
“As of now we are eastern India player with our base in Odisha and selling our fresh dairy products including milk, curd, butter milk and paneer in Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh and Kolkata,” Founder and Managing director of Milk Mantra Srikuamr Misra told PTI.
“Now we are further strengthening our position in eastern parts for fresh dairy products and at the same time expand our milk shake brand ‘MooShake’ market across the country. I can say that on back of these two initiatives, our turnover would reach Rs 1,000 crore in next five years,” Misra added.
The company recently made a foray in the dairy-based functional health category with a ready-to-drink milk beverage MooShake, which is blended with curcumin, an extract from turmeric.
With this milk shake brand we are aiming to become a pan-India player, he said.
The company manufactures product under the Milky Moo brand and currently has two processing plants with production capacity of 3 lakh litres per day at Puri and Sambalpur districts in Odisha.
Misra added their products are in demand because of its quality and the three layer packaging which ensures that there is no light damage to milk and it stays fresh for up to 3 days and need not be boiled.
We started from scratch now has over 30,000 network farmers who have been giving us quality and pure milk, he said.
In coming days we are looking at contract manufacturing model, especially for Moo Shake brand, he added.