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The State Pollution Control Board (SPCB) has urged Sambalpur Collector to provide at least two acres of land at a strategic location in the district for developing common biomedical waste management facility. The facility will be developed to facilitate treatment and disposal of biomedical waste generated from the hospitals of Sambalpur, Jharsuguda, Balangir, Bargarh and Sonepur districts.
An SPCB official said Sambalpur has been considered as model district under the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation’s Global Environment Facility project for managing bio-medical waste generated from hospitals in the region in an environmentally sound manner.
A common biomedical waste management facility should be developed at Sambalpur to provide service to hospitals in five districts of the region, he said and added that though the Collector was asked to provide a patch of land at the earliest, no communication has been received so far.
Minister of State for Labour and Employment Prafulla Mallick on Tuesday said all efforts are being made to bring back the wife and children of migrant labourer, Bibek Chinda (42), who succumbed to burns on Monday.
Bibek along with his wife and two sons had gone to Telangana to work in a brick kiln in October. He belonged to Umagaon under Boudh district.
Contrary to Bibek’s dying declaration that his two sons were killed in a mishap at the kiln and wife kidnapped and gangraped by the kiln owner and his accomplices, Mallick claimed that the children are alive and the three family members of Bibek are being brought to Balangir.
The labourer was severely injured after coming in contact with a live wire at the kiln on Friday. In a bid to escape from the brick kiln, he boarded the Nagavalli Express from Hyderabad and got down at Balangir railway station on Sunday. Seeing him in a critical condition, the Government Railway Police admitted Bibek to Balangir Hospital, where he succumbed on Monday.
Receiving information, the district labour officials in Boudh contacted their Telangana counterparts who found out that the three are in the custody of the kiln owner.
Subsequently the authorities of the Home departments of the two States had a meeting in this regard and the local administration sent Bibek’s children and wife in a train to Balangir on Tuesday, Mallick said. They would reach Boudh on Wednesday.
Even as the district BJD camp is upbeat about its candidates victory in Sambalpur, Rairakhol and Rengali Assembly segments besides the Sambalpur Lok Sabha seat, power struggle within the unit is likely to have a bearing on the upcoming civic body polls.
The development, political observers feel, may spell doom for BJD in the district in the elections to Sambalpur Municipal Corporation which are pending after the Municipality was upgraded recently.
Sources said the newly elected Chairperson of WODC Kishore Mohanty was felicitated at a function in Rengali on Monday. However, Sambalpur district BJD president and Rairakhol MLA Rohit Pujari, Rengali BJD Zilla Parishad member Anjali Pradhan and BJD block president Mukunda Behera were conspicuous by their absence. Although Pujari parried questions on the issue, it is learnt that they were not invited to the function which was organised by a handful of Mohanty’s supporters. While there is no denying the fact that Pujari strengthened the party organisation in the district, Mohanty’s attempt to undermine Pujari has not gone down well in the ranks and files of the district BJD.
BJD workers said similar attempts by former finance minister Prasanna Acharya in the past had stunted the growth of BJD in the district till Pujari donned the mantle and built up a strong organisation which paid rich dividend in the recently concluded general elections. With Mohanty treading the same path, it is bound to have a reflection on the party’s performance in the Corporation polls, they added.
In fact, the BJD had entrusted Mohanty to strengthen the party’s base during polls in Rengali block till it was made an Assembly segment after delimitation. But the ruling party’s performance was dismal under Mohanty’s leadership. The very fact that he lost Assembly polls twice in a row from Jharsuguda to Congress’ Naba Kisore Das speaks volumes about his organisational prowess.
Election Peaceful in Balangir
Balangir: The election to Balangir Municipality and Titlagarh NAC ended peacefully on Tuesday. While 52.11 per cent polling was recorded in Balangir, it was 58.83 per cent in Titlagarh. For 21 councillor posts in Balangir Municipality, 68 candidates are in fray. Of them, 21 belong to Congress and BJD each while BJP fielded 16 candidates. Ten candidates fought the election as Independents.In Titlagarh NAC, out of 15 Wards, election was held for 14 Wards as the candidate for Ward 10 was declared elected uncontested. Total 44 candidates are in the fray for the NAC. However, no untoward incident was reported from both the civic bodies. Adequate security arrangements were made in both the towns to maintain law and order. The counting of votes will start at 8 am on Wednesday.
For the convenience of passengers and to clear extra rush during the festive season, Western Railway decide to run a special train between Mumbai Central and Puri.
As per the sources, “Train No. 09009 Mumbai Central – Puri Express Special train will depart from Mumbai Central at 23.55 hrs on 22nd November, 2013 (Friday) and reach Puri at 18.45 hrs. on 24th Nov, 2013. This train will run only for one day i.e on tomorrow 22nd November, 2013.”
The train will halt at Borivali, Vapi, Surat, Nandurbar, Amalner, Jalgaon, Bhusaval, Malkapur, Akola, Badnera, Wardha, Nagpur, Gondia, Durg, Raipur, Maha Samund, Khariar Road, Katabanji, Titlagarh, Balangir, Burgarh Road, Sambalpur, Rairakhol, Angul, Talcher, Dhenkanal, Mancheswar, Bhubaneshwar and Kurda Road stations. The train will have Sleeper class coaches and booking for train no. 09009 will be open from 22nd November, 2013.
No lessons have been learnt from the death of the Class III girl who succumbed to burn injures after falling into hot dal in her school in Sambalpur district on last Saturday. Within days of the tragic incident, a Class II boy sustained severe burn injuries after falling into boiling rice cooked for midday meal (MDM) in Balangir on Thursday afternoon.
The incident happened at Sihini High School near Titilagarh around 2 pm when the students were playing on the school premises. The boy, identified as Rahul Chhattar, was first taken to Titilagarh sub-divisional hospital with 40% burn injuries. He was later shifted to Balangir district headquarters hospital as his condition worsened.
Titilagarh block development officer (BDO) Md Ishaq said the condition of the boy was critical. “We are bearing all his medical expenses. At the time of incident, the headmaster of the school was absent. Disciplinary action will be initiated against him if he is found guilty of neglecting his duties. The school does not have a proper kitchen. Midday meal is cooked at a make-shift shed,” the BDO added.
Recently, school and mass education minister Rabi Narayan Nanda told the assembly that over 10,930 schools didn’t have kitchen sheds to cook MDM. “The incident is unfortunate. Whosoever is guilty will be taken to task,” the minister said on Thursday.
Titilagarh Congress legislator Surendra Singhbhoi blamed the state government for “failing to monitor the implementation of the midday meal scheme properly.”
Earler this week, Class III student Banita Kanhar of a tribal residential school at Girischandrapur in Sambalpur died of burn injuries after she had fallen into a vessel of hot dal.