Daily Archives: January 13, 2012

AAI officials visit Jharsuguda

Officials of the State Government and Airports Authority of India (AAI) on Thursday visited the Jharsuguda airport to look into land acquisition for the airport.

The State Government has recently decided to develop the Jharsuguda airport as the second full-fledged airport in the State. The existing airport has around 815 acres of land and another 191 acres would be required following the State Government’s decision.

Chief Secretary B K Patnaik had a few days back said that the Government had decided to develop the State’s oldest airstrip at Jharsuguda.

In the process, the Jharsuguda administration would undertake land acquisition for the required 40 acres for construction of a runway for the Jharsuguda airstrip. The Chief Secretary had said that 40 acres would help construct a 6,000-foot-long runway.

AAI general manager A K Pathak exuded confidence that the land acquisition process and other procedures would be completed soon to make the airport operational.

District Collector Guru Prasad Mishra said the district administration had already instructed revenue officials to complete the land acquisition process at the earliest. Additional Secretary (General Administration) N R Lenka was present.

Green Card holders left in lurch

For 50-year-old Indumati Sahu of Amripada area here it was a fight against the conservative ideas to gift her children a meaningful life, one that the Government promises for the Green Card holders. Standing up against the pressures put on her to beget more children, she has a son and a daughter, Indumati underwent tubectomy 25 years ago to end all the arguments.

The Green Card given to her had promised a lot of largesse raising her ambitions and hopes. More than two decades after, the Green Card remains a mere piece of paper for her as she joins thousands of women in staging a demonstration in front of the collectorate on Thursday seeking benefits promised to the Green Card holders.

Indumati like many of her ilk had fought for small and nuclear families going against the tradition and family ethos. They were made to believe that Green Card with its promised offer would help them realise ‘Chota Parivar, Sukhi Parivar’ but in vain.

Maintaining that the failure of the State Government in the execution of the scheme and failure to deliver promised benefits have been reflecting on the success of family planning, Chandrakanti Rajhans (22) of Marangola village in the district said on one side the Government is worried about population explosion and on the other it is not taking measures to control it.

Deprived of the benefits hundreds of women, under the banner of Odisha Rajya Sabuja Patrika Dhari Sangh, took out a rally from Ainthapali Square to the collectorate, where they submitted a memorandum.

The protestors demanded immediate issuance of Green Cards to beneficiaries, allotment of eight decimal land to Green Card Holders, soft loans for construction of houses, inclusion under Rashtriya Swastiya Bima Yojana and financial assistance of Rs 500 to Green Card holders above the age of 60. The protestors also demanded 10 per cent reservation in educational institutions from the next academic session.

The government should offer more to ensure that people opt for nuclear families and assure a better life to their children.

BJD, BJP aspirants join Congress

With the filing of nominations coming to an end on Thursday, polling offices in western Odisha saw last minute rush by the candidates to file their papers.

Denial of party nomination saw surfacing of many rebels. The last day also saw the district BJD suffer a major setback. Phanindra Patnaik, district nominee of State Health and Family Welfare Minister and Rairakhol MLA Prasanna Acharya changed sides and joined Congress on Thursday. Patnaik was an aspirant for Zilla Parishad seat from Dhankauda Zone-I but differences? between district BJD president Rohit Pujari and Acharya saw him being denied party nomination. Agitated over the issue, Patnaik joined the Congress along with his supporters later in the day. Besides, a sitting BJP Zilla Parishad member Jatindra Sahu also joined the Congress.

While Rohit clarified that Patnaik was denied ticket for his anti-party activities and had a tie up with the Congress which was exposed, Patnaik alleged that Rohit was the reason behind the bad reputation of BJD in the district. He alleged that Rohit was minting money from industrial houses. Acharya could not be contacted.

MAOISTS’ WARNING: In another development, Maoists reportedly left some ‘letters’ in Boden village under Paikmal block of Bargarh district asking the sitting Samiti member Panchanan Sahu, Sarpanch Murali Meher and one Dayanidhi Sahu not to contest the polls. They have threatened them with death warrant if they contested the polls.

In Deogarh district, there were single candidates for the post of samiti member in Tinkbir, Baghbar, Palsama and Naulipada gram panchayats of Reamal block. They were declared elected unopposed.