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In a big development, which further proved the strong involvement of Chhattisgarh Government in panchayat polls in Odisha, Lokesh Kawadia, Secretary of BJP NGO Cell, has been arrested by Kalahandi Police on the allegations of distributing cash during panchayat polls.
Lokesh was detained by the cops in Thuamula, Rampur in Kalahandi district last evening. The police have seized 4 vehicles (including 3 bearing Chhattisgarh number plates) and Rs 2.11 lakh cash from him.
8 other associated of Lokesh, have been arrested too. The cops have confirmed the cash distribution in the area by the BJP leaders.
With nobody coming forward to lend a helping hand, four daughters were forced to carry the body of their mother on their head to cremation ground in the Dokripada village of the district’s Golamunda block on Saturday. According reports from the district, Kanak Satpathy, a 75-year-old woman, died after prolonged illness on Friday night.
Following the death, four of her daughters pleaded with their neighbours to help them in performing their mother’s last rites, but to no avail.
After waiting for hours, when the daughters saw no help forthcoming, they placed the body of their mother on a woven cot and started marching towards the cremation ground.
With no wood for the funeral pyre, they dismantled the roof of their house for the wood required for the cremation.
Of the four daughters, two are widows and two have been deserted by their husbands. As they did not have any source of living, they begged for food in order to survive.
Union 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.
While it is claimed all around that institutional delivery is safer for both mothers and newborns and ambulances are available at single phone calls, but reality in the remote areas in Odisha is fully different.
Such a naked incident came to the fore in Birasingera village under Lanjigarh block of Kalahandi district on Tuesday. After a woman, Yamuna, got labour pain, her husband Patra Majhi went 4 km to reach Banigaon and meet ASHA Worker Golapi Nayak for help. Golapi soon dialled to 102 and 108 Ambulance numbers.
While the phones went on ringing, nobody received them. So with no choice left, Patra Majhi and his father carried Yamuna in in a Bhara (a carriage made of a long bamboo stick and a thick blanket) all long a distance of eight kilometres to reach the Lajigarh hospital.
Luckily, the woman delivered after reaching the hospital. Condition of Yamuna and her child are stated to be fine achat viagra pour homme. The incident occurred on the International Women’s Day, and that too in an Adivasi-dominated village, has shocked the intellectuals.
Swindling of postal savings to a tune of over Rs 50 lakhs have been alleged in western Odisha’s Kalahandi district headquarters town of Bhawanipatna.
A victim was about to withdraw Rs 3 lakh from his postal savings for his daugther’s wedding when the matter came to fore. To his utter chagrin, he found his savings of around Rs 4 lakh not entered into the post office ledger nor fed to the computer while the figures only surface in the pass book.
Some other victims have amazingly stumbled upon distorted figure of savings amount in the ledger and pass books.
Such a fraudulent practice has been alleged at the Bhawanipatna Stadium branch Sub Post Office while the fleeing postal official has been identified as Aditya Majhi.