Daily Archives: March 28, 2012

The 10th exam will continue from 17th april as decided by SSC board

Dry fish processing centre to be set up in Paradip at cost of Rs 10 cores

As local dry fish traders are producing unhygienic dry fish by preserving on chemical process so its consumption is dangerous to human health as a preservative used in dry fish is highly toxic. Realizing it, fishery department has planned to set up modern dry fish processing centre in Paradip to procure hygienic dry fish in this locality.

Sources said that thousands of families including Telgu and Bengali have been operating dry fish trade in Paradip area since generations. They have been produced variety of dry fishes by preserving chemical process causing serious threat to human being. Instead of using salt as a natural preservative, the produce is being chemically processed. In this manner, those who relish the mouth-watering dry fish curry were exposing themselves to possible food poisoning, skin diseases and other stomach trouble.

Locals have alleged that use of toxic chemicals for dry fish processing has brought panic among the dry fish eater so they have feared to use intoxicated dry fish causing dangerous to health. In last year, the marine fisheries received allegation the use of chemical in dry fish processing so department had clamped prohibitory orders on use of any form of chemical for processing dry fish. The raid and consequent seizure of toxic dry fish has come in the wake of reports of indiscriminate use of toxic substances by dry fish manufacturers to preserve their produce. Health experts have also opined that intake of chemical-processed dry fish would have adverse affect on human health.

Taking this matter seriously, marine fishery department has planned to set up modern dry fish centre to procure hygienic dry fish on natural process. This centre is not only procuring hygienic dry fish but to export quality dry fish other states and foreign countries to meet the requirement of dry fish eater. Department officials have decided to send the proposal of this centre to state and union government for its approval.

Marine fishery officials’ sources said ‘a training centre will be operating the local women to procure the hygienic dry fish in natural process and its preservation. This training center will work under this modern dry fish centre. Dry fishes will be dried on natural process so department has planned to set up solar driers to dry different types of fishes on natural process. This centre has aimed to procure 5 tones of dry fish per day in which 400 people including women will get employment on it.  After procurement, different variety of dry fishes will be exported to other states and foreign countries.  The demand of dry fish is high in western Odisha like Rourkela, Anugul, Sambalpur, Bargarh and other parts of western Odisha so the product will be transported to these areas and other states. Fishermen communities from Paradip and other areas of Jagatsinghpur and Kendrapara district will be benefited.

Assistant director of fisheries (marine), Kujanga Mr. Rabi Narayan Pattnaik said ‘we seek the support of the experts of Marine Product Export Development Authority for proper implementation of this project in Para dip. We have estimated to spend Rs 10 cores for said center and its project proposal to be sent to the government for its approval shortly. The venue of this centre has not yet finalized’. He added.

Strike by nurses for regular jobs hits healthcare in state

Healthcare services were partially affected in government hospitals, mainly in the three government-run medical colleges, on Tuesday with contractual nursing staff across the state going on mass leave. They congregated in Bhubaneswar and took out a protest rally demanding regular appointment.

Sources said routine indoor services were affected in all three medical colleges though they managed to render emergency services. Capital Hospital in the state capital, which has 70 contractual nurses, deployed nursing supervisors and auxiliary nurse midwives (ANMs) to face the nurses’ shortage. “The dozen-odd supervisory staff also cooperated by discharging nursing duty and working overtime. While some nurses from Unit IV hospital were deployed in Capital Hospital, ANMs were pulled from field duty and were positioned in the Capital Hospital,” said chief medical officer Sudarshan Das.

Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Post-Graduate Institute of Paediatrics, better known as Sishu Bhawan, in Cuttack was the worst affected. “Nobody is around even to change drips of my son,” said a woman in Sishu Bhawan. Sishu Bhawan authorities conceded that the strike had a great impact on child care. “We had a bad time managing the nursing care of children due to the strike of contractual staff,” said Dr Hiranya Mohanty, superintendent of Sishu Bhawan, which has around 72 contractual nurses.

SCB Medical College and Hospital authorities said the strike had a minimal impact on their services though. “We had made alternative arrangement to deal with the situation. Nursing and pharmacy students studying at SCB were roped in,” said Dr B N Moharana, emergency officer of  SCB hospital, where a substantial 430 nursing staff are contractual, compared to just 260 regular nurses.

VSS Medical College and Hospital, Burla, and MKCG Medical College, Berhampur, where around 250 nurses each are contractual and 100 each are regular staff, pulled all strings to manage the day. “Since it was just for a day, we managed by re-distributing regular staff. Emergency services were not affected,” said VSS principal Dr Santosh Kumar Behera.

Over 100 nurses from Burla attended the Bhubaneswar rally, said Lalita Nikhandia, a member of  All Odisha Contractual Nurses Association (AOCNA). The agitating nurses took out a rally from near Ram Mandir to Lower PMG in Bhubaneswar. “Our demands have been pending before the government for years, but nothing has been done,” said AOCNA general secretary Jayanti Sahoo. “Even though we don’t want patients to suffer because of the strike, we had no option but to take recourse to this step,” she said.

AOCNA president Sibani Das said the government must abolish the contractual appointment of nurses and regularize those engaged on contract. “Around 3,000 posts of nurses are lying vacant though the Union government is giving aid to recruit nurses on the ratio of one for four patients,” she pointed out. Around 2,000 nurses are working on contract against a regular nursing staff of less than 1,000 in the state. The contractual nurses employed under various schemes get a monthly salary of Rs 5,200 to Rs 9,300.

Man held for duping jobless youth at Bargarh

A man named Satya Prakash Pradhan was arrested by police, for duping over 40 unemployed youth of lakhs of rupees and luring them by promising jobs, on 21st march.

According to sources, Pradhan who claimed to be an employee of Global Force Company promised jobs of ATM security guard to unemployed youths from Barpali, Paikmal, Bijepur and Bargarh blocks in lieu of money.

Over 40 youth gave Rs 5,000 each to Pradhan but they could not find any job as promised by the latter. Pradhan after collecting the money absconded from Bargarh for a long time. Victims Naveen Kishor Meher, PK Meher and Sumanta Sahu, among others however one day saw Pradhan roaming in Bargarh town and immediately caught hold of him and handed him over to the police.

The police have registered a case against him and are carrying out investigation.