THE mud-slinging between the BJD and the BJP over Sambalpur BJD MLA not being invited to the launch of Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY) in Sambalpur on Monday continues with the BJP firing a fresh salvo. While the BJD addressed the media launching a broadside against the BJP accusing it of disregarding federal structure and lack of knowledge about ‘political culture,’ the District BJP launched a scathing attack on the BJD over the issue.
Addressing the media late on Monday, Kuchinda BJP MLA Rabi Nayak questioned the reason behind former Sambalpur BJP MLA Jayanarayan Mishra not being invited to functions of the State Government.
He said there have been instances when BJP MLAs were humiliated by the BJD and it is surprising that the Sambalpur BJD MLA is now finding it hard to digest the fact that she was not invited. Nayak said he himself was not invited to many functions like inauguration of IIM in Sambalpur when other BJD MLAs from the district like Rohit Pujari and Ramesh Patua were present. He said it has been a habit of the BJD to hijack Central Government schemes and launch it as their own initiative.
Similarly, Padampur BJP MLA Pradip Purohit said the BJD MPs from Sambalpur and Bargarh remained absent on the direction of the third floor and blame game was yet another attempt of the BJD Government to cover up its own failures. He said as there was little scope for the BJD MPs to hijack the scheme, they preferred to stay away.
But many in the District BJD are accusing the BJD MPs of frittering away an opportunity to boost the image of the State Government. Targeting Sambalpur MLA Raseswari Panigrahi, the district BJD leaders accused her of promoting factionalism in the district BJD.
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 The Air Odisha Operations department said services will be withdrawn as the company is not getting the operational subsidy promised by the State government.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.