Daily Archives: March 25, 2012

Schemes fail, child labourers up

Efforts by the Labour Department notwithstanding, the number of child labourers in the district has gone up. A fresh survey conducted by the State Labour Institute (SLI), Bhubaneswar, has identified at least 8,598 new child labourers in the district. This is in addition to 17,365 identified in a survey in 2005-06.

The survey found maximum number of child labourers in Maoist-infested Jujumura and Maneswar blocks.

Keeping that in mind, the authorities have decided to open 68 new child labour schools under the National Child Labour Project to accommodate 2,908 children. While 26 schools will have an intake capacity of 50 students each, the rest 42 schools will have strength of 25 each.

At least five schools will operate under Sambalpur municipal limits to accommodate 341 children. Seven schools will function under Burla NAC area providing education to 272 child labourers while Hirakud NAC will have four schools with 168 students.

Similarly in 12 schools in Dhankauda block 500 children will be accommodated. Jamankira block will have four schools and 145 children, Kuchinda block two schools with 86 children and Rairakhol block will have two schools with 90 children. Besides, four schools in Rengali block will provide education to 124 kids while Naktideul block will get one school to take care of 58 children.

Maoist-infested Jujumura and Maneswar blocks, with the highest number of child labourers, will have 14 schools each to accommodate 577 and 546 children respectively.

Odisha government to upgrade infrastructre at Budharaja, Ghanteswari attract tourists

The Budharaja hill and the Ghanteswari temple will get facelift as the Odisha government has sanctioned funds for the purpose. The developmental works will be executed by the forest department.

The tourism department has sanctioned the funds but the forest department will execute the work, said divisional forest officer Santosh Banchhor. We will execute the developmental works because both the places come under the forest area, said Banchhor, who informed the forest department will discuss with the development committees before the commencement of the developmental work. Both the places attract tourists from across the state. Tourists from abroad also come here.

During peak season, around five thousand tourists visit Ghanteswari temple regularly. A rest house should be constructed for the tourists near the temple. Moreover, a public toilet is needed for the convenience of the tourists here. If all the amenities are provided to the tourists, then the number of the visitors will also increase, suggested a local resident.
We will give a proposal to the Forest department to construct a road between the Ghanteswari temple and the Bahuti Pitha of the Ghanteswari temple. The Bahuti Pitha is just half km away from the Ghanteswari temple. But this place has great significance, said another resident of Chiplima.