Air Odisha decides to ground its aircrafts from tomorrow

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 The Air Odisha Operations department said services will be withdrawn as the company is not getting the operational subsidy promised by the State government.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.

Pregnant carried 8km on Bhara to reach hosp in Kalahandi

Pregnant-carried-Bhara-reach-hospital-KalahandiWhile 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 achat viagra pour homme. The incident occurred on the International Women’s Day, and that too in an Adivasi-dominated village, has shocked the intellectuals.

Milk Mantra eyes Rs 1,000 cr turnover in 5 yrs

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.

MCL supports 61 more Sambalpur farmers under CSR programme

Mahanadi Coalfields (MCL) has extended a helping hand towards 61 under-privileged farmers in Odisha’s Sambalpur, raising the total number of peasants sponsored by it to 378 in the district, to enable them water their crop timely and reap a good harvest.

MCL, a leading coal mining CPSU and a subsidiary of Coal India Ltd, has sponsored 61 more below poverty line (BPL) SC and ST farmers of Bamra, Jamankira and Kuchinda blocks of Sambalpur to avail Deep Borewell Secha Karyakrama Scheme of Odisha government and have own bore-well in their fields.

With these 61 beneficiaries, total number of under-privileged farmers sponsored by MCL to avail government scheme has gone up to 378 in Sambalpur district, a company statement said today.

The State government has a scheme under which an SC/ST BPL farmer can have their own deep borewell on making subsidised payment of Rs 9,000. However, many farmers in the district could not avail this scheme due to their low income.

The district administration took an initiative to identify such under-privileged farmers and requested MCL to sponsor them for the Deep Borewell Secha Karyakrama Scheme so that they can also prosper and contribute towards economic growth, it said.

State government’s executing agency, Odisha Lift Irrigation Corporation (OLIC), has a plan to provide deep borewells to these beneficiaries by April this year.

“Being a farmer means shaking hand with Mother Nature every day and contributing towards strengthening these hands is always an honour,” said MCL’s Director (Personnel) L N Mishra, who heads the empowered CSR Committee of the company.

Farmers are the mainstay of nation’s economy and supporting agrarian segment of the society is one such area MCL is keen to work for, he said, asserting that positive change at the grass root level can ensure development.

Besides ensuring uninterrupted supply of coal to the power plants, MCL has been contributing through its popular CSR activities towards infrastructure and socio-economic development of under-privileged segments of the society, particularly in peripheral areas under its command.

A Rs 25 crore State-of-the-art Sports Stadium in Sambalpur, Rs 8.62 crore Burla water scheme, Rs 5 crore rope-way connecting Gandhi Minar at Hirakud, hostels to VSSUT and Sambalpur University to help students of far-flung areas get higher education, first electric crematorium of western Odisha at Sambalpur, setting-up a medical college at a cost of Rs 492 crore and Rs 30 crore cardiac hospital in Jharsuguda and running two nursing schools are among the long list of company’s CSR activities.

Sambalpur civic body to enforce trade licence rule

The Sambalpur Municipal Corporation (SMC) has decided to strictly enforce the trade licence rule in the corporation area.

A trade licence is mandatory to operate business in the corporation area. However, very few traders have obtained it in Sambalpur. To get the licence, a business establishment will have to cough up 1,000 a year to operate.

Trade licence fee is an additional source of revenue for the civic body, said deputy commissioner, SMC, Sudhansu Bhoi. Several development works could be undertaken with this fund, he said.

An official of the SMC said, more than 15,000 shops and commercial establishments are there under the SMC area. However, only 178 shops and business establishments have the valid trade licence.

In the first phase, the SMC has issued notice to around 300 traders, who do not have trade licence, to obtain it. “If they do not obtain the licence, action will be taken against them according to the law,” he added.

To obtain trade licence, a trader will have to provide the detail information about the shop to the SMC. “This will also help us keep a record of the shops and commercial establishments, which are operating in SMC area,” added Bhoi.