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Kalahandi incident has maligned Odisha’s image

man-carrying-dead-wifeUnion Minister of State for petroleum and natural gas Dharmendra Pradhan criticised the Odisha government and said the Kalahandi incident has maligned Odisha’s image.
The shocking incident of a poor tribal carrying his wife’s body on his shoulders is a sad reflection of the insensitivity in the state. The incident shows the insensitivity of the state administration towards the people of the state. Both the state and the district administrations should take the matter very seriously and introspect,” Pradhan said.
The Kalahandi BJP unit staged a demonstration before the Bhawanipatna CDMO office protesting the incident. Talking to reporters here, Pradhan said the Chief Minister and the administration appear to be speaking in different voices over such a sensitive issue that has outraged the entire nation.
While CM Naveen Patnaik talks of inquiry and action against those responsible, the administration has been on a cover-up job denying any lapses and insisting that the bereaved Dana Majhi had left the hospital with his wife without informing anyone.
The Union Minister also took a swipe at Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik for announcing ‘Mahaprayan scheme’’, hearse at every hospital to carry bodies free of cost. The Kalahandi district headquarter hospital did have hearse and ambulances yet Dana Majhi had to carry his wife’s body on his shoulders, he quipped.
Schemes can be announced, but the crux of the matter is to ensure it is implemented across the state effectively, remarked Pradhan.
Meanwhile the Chief District Medical Officer of Kalahandi , Braja Kishore Brahma terminated the contract of a male nurse Rajendra Rana for dereliction of duty in connection with the Dana Majhi case.
Union Minister Pradhan also came down heavily on the state government for the mess in the education sector and caustically remarked that teachers cannot be treated like cab service providers. On the contentious Mahanadi river water dispute between Chhattisgarh and Odisha,he said ,the central government had taken the lead in mediation between the two states and Union Water Resources Minister Uma Bharati has invited Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik for talks on any date convenient to him between 10 to 20 September.

Man carrying his wife’s body

Dana Majhi with his wife over his shoulders wrapped in sheetsA fact-finding team of Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee (OPCC) comprising five members visited Dana Majhi’s village Melghara on Saturday.
The members are Dabugaon MLA Bhujmal Majhi, OPCC vice-president Sadan Naik, Congress ST cell chairman Pradeep Majhi, OPCC secretary Hasan Khan and former MLA Gobardhan Das.
While the family of the deceased woman Amang Dei was supposed to perform third day rituals (Dibi Utha) according to tribal tradition on Friday, Thuamal Rampur BDO took Dana and his 12-year-old daughter and presented them before the sub-collector for inquiry, a member of the team told a news conference.
Criticizing the district administration, Pradeep said instead of visiting Dana’s village, the district officials brought him to the sub-collector’s office.

After interacting with Dana, Pradeep said he did not get proper response from the hospital authorities regarding an ambulance which forced him to walk up to 10 km with his wife’s body.. For Dana’s sufferings, the team held responsible to all the hospital staff as well as the administration.
After seeing Dana’s sufferings, senior Congress leader Bhakta Charan Das has decided to organize a padayatra of workers on Sunday from Melghara to Bhawanipatna.

CPI activists blocks Phulbani-Bhawanipatna road

Vehicular movement on Phulbani-Bhawanipatn road was disrupted as hundreds of CPI (ML) activists staged a road blockade at Urlagaji demanding fulfillment of their three demands this morning.

Their demands include withdrawal of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) from forests and compensation of Rs 20 lakh to family of each deceased of Kandhamal crossfiring incident and Rs 5 lakh to each injured.

Besides, they have demanded that the Government do away with the proposal of water reservoir at Urlagaji.

Odisha government plans to introduce “agriculture” as compulsory subject

The Odisha government is contemplating to introduce agriculture as compulsory subject from primary school to university in the state soon in order to encourage students for cultivation.

This was stated by Odisha’s agriculture minister Pradeep Maharathy here on 25th February 2015. Thrust will also be given for extensive use of Bio fertilizer and on soil testing, he said.

Maharathy said this while gracing the commemoration day of Government Agriculture College, Bhawanipatna as chief guest. The minister said the work of potato mission has been launched in the state setting a target to produce 10 Lakh MT of Potato from present production of 2 Lakh 20 thousand MT. The minister also informed that for the interest of farmers and farming community, a Krushak Bhawan will be set up at Bhubaneswar with an estimated cost of Rs 44 crore 85 Lakhs.

Stating that there is excellent infrastructure and scopes in this tribal dominated district for agriculture Maharathy said Kalahandi is a land of large varieties of crops like paddy, Cotton, Onion, Oil seeds, pulses, Maize, minor millets and minor agriculture crops and irrigation is available in large areas.

The Vice chancellor of Odisha University of Agriculture and Technology (OUAT) Manoranjan Kar said there is nothing like hard working. He asked students to convert challenges in to opportunity. “So far results and other activities of students are concerned, this College is best among the Colleges under OUAT,” he said.

Train to Bhawanipatna Flagged Off

A new passenger train between Sambalpur and Bhawanipatna was flagged off from here on Sunday. The train was flagged off by Sambalpur Lok Sabha member Nagendra Pradhan in the presence of local MLA, Dr. Raseswari Panigrahi and Ajay Pratap Singh, Divisional Railway Manager of Sambalpur division.

Speaking on the occasion, Pradhan expressed happiness over introduction of the new train and urged for various projects of Sambalpur division including further development of Sambalpur station. MLA Panigrahi called for improvement in passenger amenities in Sambalpur station. The train will leave Sambalpur at 07.15 hrs and stop at all stations between Sambalpur and Bhawanipatna, the release said.