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Poverty forced a mom to sell her newborn baby for Rs 12k

Poverty forced a mom to sell her newborn baby for Rs 12kAN 11-day-old baby boy was sold by her mother for Rs.12,000 due to poverty at Banjari village on the outskirts of Jharsuguda town, police said on Thursday.

The 20-year-old woman, identified as Sarita Ansari, had given birth to the baby at VIMSAR in Burla on January 13. However, unable to take care of the newborn due to acute poverty, she was forced to sell the baby to Ramakrushna Sahu and Pradeep Guru of Sambalpur district the very next day for `12,000.

Acting on the information of Childline, Badmal police rescued the baby and arrested Sahu and Guru of Balbaspur village within Sason police limits in Sambalpur district.

Childline coordinator Ashis Panda said in a bid to save the baby boy, poverty-stricken Sarita had to sell him. Reportedly, Guru was in touch with the woman to take the newborn on delivery and had even paid `8,000 in advance.

However, on a tip off about the incident, Childline officials contacted Badmal police and reached Balbaspur where the newborn was rescued from Sahu’s house.

Sources said the baby was born to Sarita and Raju Ansari who are staying in a rented accommodation at Banjari. The couple was driven out of their respective homes by their families for being in a live-in relationship. Though Raju worked as a mason, he was unable to make ends meet and the couple was in dire financial straits.

Sarita reportedly told police that as it was difficult for her to take care of the newborn due to financial constraints, she was forced to hand over the baby to Sahu with help of Guru.

Chairman of the Child Welfare Committee Janmajaya Das said they are verifying the claim of sale of the newborn. Further investigation into the matter is on, said police.

Bridge, only solace for Hirakud displaced after 60 years

Too little, too late __ this sums up the bridge constructed over Ib river, a tributary of Mahanadi, which flows directly into the Hirakud Dam Reservoir. The bridge connects Rengali block in Sambalpur district with Lakhanpur in Jharsuguda and was mooted more than six decades back along with Hirakud Dam project. Sources said it was conceived as part of Hirakud Dam to connect people displaced by the multi-purpose project and settled in both the districts on the periphery of either side of the reservoir. The bridge is all set to help the industries more than the displaced who have virtually lost contact in the last 60 years. Although the bridge work has been completed and is being used unofficially, it is awaiting inauguration by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, who is yet to find time to realise the long-pending dream of people of both the districts.

The Hirakud Dam was dedicated to the nation by Jawaharlal Nehru on January 13, 1957, and he termed it as the ‘temple of modern India’ and had lauded the sacrifice of the people for the dam. The dam saw 26,501 families being shifted from the 249 revenue villages which got submerged in the reservoir. While none is sure how many among them got compensation, there is no denying that it was one of the biggest human displacements and the State Government forgot about their resettlement and rehabilitation after displacement. The fact that paltry compensation of many families remain unclaimed till date and speaks volumes about the apathy of the Government towards the displaced.

Despite their sacrifice, the displaced dreamt of a bridge over the river to stay connected with their fellow kith and kin residing on either side of the reservoir. Since it was a long distance from Lakhanpur to Sambalpur, approximately 110 km, the bridge was the only way to reduce the distance. This had led Rampella Gountia, Late Loknath Panda, the then Chairman of Lakhanpur block Girdhari Panda and Communist leader Prasanna Kumar Panda to raise the issue in all forums, including the State Assembly. Finally, the State Government, in the 80’s, sanctioned Rs 22 crore for the bridge.

It was only after the boat tragedy which claimed 31 lives in 2014 that the Government finally took serious note of the demand and Naveen laid the foundation stone of the 2.5 km bridge at an estimated cost of Rs 117.5 crore. But the objective clearly envisages that the bridge will provide a new link between the coalfields of MCL in Jharsuguda and State Highway-10 near Rengali.

UDAN flights from Jharsuguda from February 2018

The Odisha government will start regional flight operations from Jharsuguda airport under Centre’s UDAN scheme in the first week of February 2018, officials said today.

Chief Secretary A P Padhi informed the reporters after discussing the matter at a state-level coordination and monitoring committee meeting at Secretariat.

“The flight from Jharsuguda is scheduled to take off during first week of February, 2018,” a government release said, adding the flight will connect Jharsuguda with Raipur and Jagdalpur.

Four airstrips in Odisha and the Biju Patnaik International airport have been selected in phase-I for implementing the UDAN scheme.

The airstrips are Jharsuguda, Rourkela, Utkela in Kalahandi and Jeypore in Koraput districts. Jharsuguda has been upgraded to an airport from an airstrip.

Infrastructure of the airstrip at Rourkela is now ready for flights under UDAN scheme, the release added.

He also directed to make Utkela and Jeypore strips ready by March, 2018 so that the UDAN scheme could be implemented at the earliest, the release said.

The Director General of Police R P Sharma said around 135 police and 27 fire personnel have already been trained to provide security and fire services in the regional airports.

The Biju Patnaik International Airport will serve as the mentor airport for the scheme.

“The flight operator company (Air Odisha) appraised that regional connectivity from Kolkata to Rourkela has been scheduled to be started from January 23, 2018,” the release said.

The state government has decided to reduce VAT on aviation fuel from 5 per cent to 1 one percent and provide 20 per cent of under the Viability Gap Funding, said general administration special secretary A K Meena.

It will also provide subsidies and financial assistance for regional air connectivity, as a part of the ‘Make in Odisha’ initiative.

The average price of a ticket for these flights would be around Rs 2,500.

Routes like Bhubaneswar to Utkela, Utklela to Raipur, Bhubaneswar to Jeypore, Bhubaneswar to Jharsuguda, Jharsuguda to Ranchi, and Bhubaneswar to Rourkela have been suggested for regional connectivity.

State Pollution Control Board move to manage biomedical waste

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.

Jharsuguda-Barpali rail line by June 2016

Optimistic of completion of the first phase of crucial Jharsuguda-Barpali railway line by June, 2016, the centre on Thursday said it had not rejected Odisha government’s application seeking Chhendipada coal blocks for the state PSUs.
“I am happy to inform that Jharsuguda-Barpali rail line which is one of the three major railway lines for evacuation of coal in the country, has progressed well. The first phase single line of Jharsuguda-Barpali line will be completed by June 2016,” union coal secretary Anil Swarup told reporters here.

Swarup was here to discuss the progress of 11 coal mines of Mahanadi Coalfield Limited (MCL). He said completion of the Jharsuguda-Barpali railway line would ensure evacuation of about 20 million tonnes of coal from the pit head to power plants located in other places.

“As MCL has already made a record by producing 120 million tonnes of coal last year and targets 150 million tonnes production this year, the importance of the new railway line is very important,” Swarup said adding coal availability is not a problem now, but there is challenge in evacuation of the dry fuel from pit head.

While giving adequate stress on coal evacuation system Swarup said the country has generated 494 million tonnes of coal this year which is 32 million tonne from the previous year. This year also the target is about 12 per cent more.

On state government’s efforts to expedite coal production, Swarup said the state administration have been very positive. The Chief Secretary has directed officials to complete works within specific time line.

To a question, the Union Coal Secretary said Centre has not rejected any application of the state government to avail Chendipada coal blocks. “Let me clarify, the centre has not rejected any proposal of the state government. We have certain process for the coal block allocation. We will consider the case of Odisha in next round of allocation of coal blocks under due procedure,” Swarup said.

To another query, Swarup said Odisha government would earn about Rs.45,000 crore over a period of 25 to 30 years from the coal blocks located in the state.