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.

AAI asks Air Odisha to ground Jharsuguda flights

The Airports Authority of India (AAI) on Monday directed Air Odisha to stop flying to Jharsuguda, the industrial hub of the state, barely a week after it had started operating on the route.

AAI sources said since a construction of a new airport is underway, the runway is being renovated. For the next year, Air Odisha will not be allowed to fly to Jharsuguda.

Biju Patnaik airport director Sharad Kumar said the runway is being renovated and expanded for landing and takeoff of big aircrafts. “The runway has developed cracks and needs to be repaired urgently. So, we have stopped flight operations at the airport,” said Kumar.

Air Odisha was taken aback by the sudden refusal to the operations. “If the AAI knew that the runway will be renovated a week after we begin our operations (to Jharsuguda), it shouldn’t have give us the green signal in the first place. We made publicity accordingly and tickets for the flight had already been booked in advance. Now, the operations will be badly hit,” said Air Odisha founder Santosh Pani.

SBI chief Arundhati Bhattacharya appointed as the chairperson of IIM Sambalpur

sbi_26012014SBI chief Arundhati Bhattacharya has been appointed as the chairperson of the Society and Board of Governors of IIM Sambalpur, according to an official release.

Bhattacharya has been named the chairperson of Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Sambalpur for the next five years starting January 15. She is the first woman to lead an India-based Fortune-500 company and joined the SBI in 1977 as a probationary officer and held several positions during her long career at the largest bank of the country.

Illegal kidney transplantat in Bargarh

The Special Task Force of Crime Branch has taken up probe into the allegation of an illegal kidney transplantation incident which surfaced in Bargarh district. The organ transplant had been carried out in a private hospital of the City more than two years back.

Following an instruction from Additional Director General Bijay Kumar Sharma, a three-member team led by a DSP-ranked officer proceeded to Bargarh to investigate into allegations of Amil Swamy whose kidney was transplanted on Raghav Ram Dora, neighbour of the former.

Earlier, basing on a complaint filed by Swamy, a 37-year-old resident of Talipada in Bargarh town, a police team of Bargarh had initiated investigation into the incident. According to the complaint, Swamy’s kidney was allegedly removed and transplanted on Dora without the former’s knowledge while he was shown as the latter’s brother. The documents were allegedly forged.

The Special Task Force has registered a case under Sections 419/468/471/120(B) and 506 of the Indian Penal Code as well as Sections 18/19/20 of the Transplantation of Human Organs Act, 1994. While medical examination will be carried out, allegations of fabrication of documents and exchange of money will also be verified. The Special Task Force will also probe if the hospital authorities overlooked the norms and existence of any racket in the organ transplant.