Odisha CM demands more trains in current Railway Budget 2018

On Thursday,  Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said that the Center should immediately fulfill the just demands of the state for a daily Rajdhani to Delhi via Sambalpur and a new pair of trains to Allahabad and Mumbai.

In his reaction on the Budget for the railway sector, CM said that his government is expecting that the just demands of the state like daily Rajdhani services via Sambalpur, a train to Allahabad from Balangir and a new daily express train to Mumbai in the name of Paika leader Baxi Jagabandhu will be announced immediately.

“Odisha contributes a major chunk of the Indian Railways’s earning and it is natural that it should get its due share,“ the CM said, adding, “While the outlay for Odisha in the railway sector is yet to be known, we hope this year the allotment will be made as per our demand.”

Odisha CM demands more trains in current Railway Budget 2018

 

The CM said that spending by Railways in Odisha is worrisome. “The actual expenditure by Railways in Odisha is low and it is expected to be below 60 per cent of the Budget outlay for the entire year, similar to the trends in the recent past, which is worrisome.”

Further the CM lamented, “Announcements were made on re-development of 600 railway stations. Two years ago the announcement was made for 400 stations, but nothing has happened in this sector, especially for Odisha.”

He said though the state government has offered to make the Bhubaneswar railway station a world class station funded by the state and on state government land, Railways has not come forward to sign the MoU in this connection.

Kalahandi Bandh: Protesting for chance given to outsider in Sikhya Sahayak posts

Normal life was disrupted during a 12-hour bandh in Kalahandi district called by various political parties and outfits in protest against certificate verification of candidates from other districts for appointments to Sikhya Sahayak posts Wednesday.

Since 6 am, the agitators burnt tyres and laid large pipes on roads while staging blockades at various intersections such as Manikeshwari High School Square, Dayanidhi Square, Ghodaghat Square, Jail Square and other places to enforce the bandh call.

The bandh threw life out of gear as commuters had a harrowing time. All business establishments, schools, colleges, courts and offices remained closed while vehicles stopped plying during the period. The impact of the bandh was felt the most in Bhawanipatna town while it was partial in other places of the district.

As a result of the bandh, candidates from other districts who had applied for Sikhya Sahayak posts were put to untold sufferings on the third and last day of their certificate verification. Many candidates who had come for certificate verification were seen walking on the highway to Bhawanipatna town.

A disabled candidate Jaladhar Palei coming from Puri were seen being carried on shoulders by his guardian for over 6 km from the Bhawanipatna railway station to the DIET centre for certificate verification.

All the CT and BEd trained candidates from the district and members of various political parties except the BJD as well as many local outfits supported the bandh.

The district administration, to thwart of any untoward incident, had turned the town into a fortress by deploying police forces at major intersections and entry and exit points of the town.

A delegation of the protestors led by former minister Pradipta Nayak, BJP vice-president Badri Narayan Pattanik and PCC secretary Simanta Khamari broke the police cordon and tried to barge inside the DIET centre after their talks with the collector failed. Police arrested them as they scuffled with the former.

A total of 3,835 shortlisted candidates from in and outside of the district had applied for 1,605 (553 posts for BSc BEd, 374 BA BEd, 506 Plus Two Science CT and 272 Plus Two Arts CT) Sikshya Sahayaks posts in Kalahandi district.

The district Sarva Sikhya Abhiyan authorities had invited the candidates for certificate verification to the DIET office for three days starting January 29.

The agitators said aspirants from the district have been waiting for the Sikhya Sahayak jobs for the last six years.

The state government, however, made the appointments statewide enabling candidates from other districts to apply for the post in Kalahandi. This led to resent among the local job seekers

Odisha HC disqualifying Sundargarh legislator Jogesh Singh

Senior Congress leader Narasingha Mishra

Senior Congress leader Narasingha Mishra

Odisha HC disqualifying Sundargarh legislator Jogesh Singh for submitting fake caste certificate in the nomination of 2014 Assembly Elections.

“Now Congress party has lost the Opposition status in Odisha”, stated by Senior Congress leader Narasingha Mishra today

“For the Opposition party tag, a political party needs one tenth of total seats of the House. As per the rule, Congress needs 15 members become the Opposition party. However, after disqualification of Jogesh Singh Congress’ strength has has come down to 14,” Mishra stated.

MLA Jogesh Singh

MLA Jogesh Singh

He further said, “The State government has to take the final decision whether they want a Leader of Opposition post or not.”

The High Court disqualified Jogesh Singh while hearing petitions filed by BJP candidate Sahadev Xaxa and another voter Ajay Patel who alleged that Singh submitted false and fabricated caste certificate categorizing himself as ‘Bhuyan’ tribe.

 

 

HC Disqualifies Congress MLA Jogesh Singh

Attack to RPF Inspector by Iron Rod in Titlagarh

RPF Sushil Pathak attacked Titilagarh

RPF inspector Sushil Pathak was attacked by three masked miscreants with an iron rod and he was injured seriously on the head. This was happend in late Saturday night while he was returning from duty.

Pathak was rescued and admitted to the Titilagarh sub-division hospital where he had to undergo at least 35 stitches on his head. After preliminary treatment, doctors referred him to the Divisional Railway hospital in Sambalpur for further treatment as his condition worsened.

Preliminary investigation revealed that three masked miscreants armed with iron rods carried out the attack. The police have not yet identified the three. The Government Railway Police (GRP) registered a case as per a complaint by Pathak and have launched a manhunt to nab the criminals.

Pathak is engaged at the RPF office in Titilagarh railway station. The incident occurred while he was returning to his Railway Colony residence late Saturday night. Meanwhile, the three masked miscreants, believed to be waiting for him, attacked him with iron rods.

A biker who happened to pass by came to Pathak’s help after hearing his screams. Later, with the help of neighbours and RPF officials, Pathak was taken to the sub-divisional hospital.

In his complaint, Pathak accused a person named Prasant Suna for threatening him over previous enmity. “Investigation is on and we will arrest the criminals soon,” GRP officer Mohan Nayak and Town police IIC Bijayanand Karkara said

Bijepur bypoll: BJD candidate Rita Sahu to file nomination paper on 5th February

Bijepur bypoll: BJD Candidate Rita Sahu

Rita Sahu wife of late Congress sitting MLA Subal Sahu will file her nomination on 5h Februry as a BJD Candidate. As she is the appropriate candidate for the most awaited Bjijepur bypoll election in Bargarh District.

The party declared this after BJD supremo and Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik chaired a high-level meeting at Naveen Niwas to prepare party’s strategies ahead of the bypoll.

Senior party leaders including Prasanna Acharya, Debi Prasad Mishra, Prasanta Nanda, Pranab Prakash Das, party observer for Bargarh district Prafulla Mallick and canditate Rita Sahu attended the meeting.

Meanwhile, some Sarpanchs and Panchayat Samiti members along with 50 congress and BJP workers from Gaisilat Block of the district joined the BJD today.

Speaking to media persons, Naveen said “I am very happy that the Sarpanchs and Panchayat Samiti members along with 50 leaders from Congress party belonging to Bijepur Assembly Constituency have joined BJD. Their joining will strengthen our party. I welcome them”.

The Bijepur by-poll will be held on February 24. The by-poll was necessitated following the death of Congress MLA Subal Sahu on August 22, 2017.