Monthly Archives: June 2017

Fire breaks out at SBI branch in Sambalpur University

A fire broke out at Jyoti Vihar branch of State Bank of India (SBI) located on the premises of Sambalpur University at Burla due to short circuit on Sunday.

There three computers, five air-conditioners, fans, cash counter and furniture of the banks have been destroyed. However, cash and jewellery stored in the bank are safe. Reports said people, who were near the branch, first noticed smoke emitting from the branch in the afternoon and they informed the police. Subsequently, fire brigade was informed and two fire tenders rushed to the spot to put out the fire.

It took around one hour to bring the fire under control. However, property worth lakhs of rupees was destroyed. Branch Manager Uma Charan Behera said business of the branch will not be hampered and the bank will function as usual on Monday.

67 model villages to be developed in Sambalpur

THE district administration has decided to develop 67 model villages under Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS) in nine blocks.

Informing this, Coordinator of MGNREGS, Sambalpur, Sobhit Kumar Bishi said 67 junior engineers working in nine blocks of the district have been entrusted with the task to identify revenue villages in their jurisdiction. Each junior engineer will select one village and personally monitor the development works to be undertaken under MGNREGS in the village, he added.

Work under various categories, including institutional plantation, land development, agriculture, livestock, renovation of traditional water bodies, rural sanitation and watershed will be taken up in the model villages during the ensuing monsoon season.

While kitchen gardening, green fencing and fruit-bearing tree plantation will be undertaken under institutional plantation, development of wasteland and land levelling will be done under the land development category. Besides, feeder channel, compost pit, dug well, vermi-compost, nadep compost, goat shelter, cattle shelter and azolla pit will be developed under agriculture and livestock related work.
This apart, stone packing and turfing on embankments will be undertaken under renovation of water bodies category while soak-cum-recharge pit will be constructed under rural sanitation head.
Moreover, boundary trenches in villages affected by elephant menace, pebble bunding, staggered trenches and stone bunding will be taken up under watershed category.

Bishi said the objective of the programme is to provide work to the rural dwellers during monsoon and at the same time  develop livelihood projects to help the villagers supplement their income.

The junior engineers will submit the project proposal for the model village on June 5 and work on the proposed projects will begin from June 8.

So far, the junior engineers have been involved in technical matters only. However, they have now been assigned with the responsibility to develop project proposals for the model village in consultation with the villagers, Bishi added.