Daily Archives: May 3, 2012

Cuttack lawyers resume work

Lawyers of Orissa High Court and other lowers courts of the city here have resumed attending courts after what they called “suspending the boycott of courts giving peace a chance.”

The lawyers of Cuttack had been boycotting all courts since Thursday last expressing solidarity with their counterparts in Sambalpur, who are now engaged in an unsavoury controversy with the district collector.

Clarifying their stand on the issue, High Court Bar Association yesterday said they are with the cause and concern of the Sambalpur lawyers and if need arises they would even take the extreme step of boycotting the courts in future.

“We are keeping a close watch on the developments in Sambalpur and hope an amicable settlement would emerge and normalcy would soon return in Sambalpur,” said Orissa High Court Bar Association President Jayant Das.

Denying that there is any difference of opinion between the lawyers of Sambalpur and Cuttack, Das told reporters “we are concerned about the plight of all lawyers in the state and our agitation over Sambalpur issue is on. For certain pressing requirements, we had to suspend our boycott call of courts for the time being.”

When asked as to what is stopping the peace brokers in arriving at an amicable solution to the ongoing controversy in Sambalpur, Das attributed the same to some outside forces for sabotaging the peace process.

Kujang sub-jail inmates demonstrate mass dharna implement jail manual of 2007 towards jail reform

The inmates of Kujang sub-jail demonstrated mass dharna on the occasion of International Labourer Day on Tuesday to bring jail reform in all jails of the state and also urged to implement jail manual of 2007 for the betterment of inmates.

Total 69 prisoners of Kujang sub jail led by anti Posco leader cum CPI leader Mr. Narayan Reddy who had been imprisoned in said jail on Posco coastal road valance issue demonstrated mass dharna in jail premises for demanding to implement jail manual 2007 by replacing jail manual 1942.

Earlier, Mr. Reddy and his colleague cum congress leader Mr. Jayant Biswal appealed the inmates of all jails of the state to intensify dharna to fulfill their demands and to implement jail manual 2007 though print and electronic media. On yesterday, all the inmates including seven women prisoners demonstrated mass dharana without taking food to fufill their demands.

Mr. Raddy has informed that the Odisha Prison Manual, 1942 is so outdated that when this manual was prepared there were no central/circle jails. It lists Cuttack, Sambalpur, Puri, Berhampur, Balasore and Koraput as district Jails. At present, Choudwar – is a circle jail, like Sambalpur and Berhampur. Puri, Balasore and Koraput continue to function as district jails. The manual has only classified jails in the state as district jails – first, second and third class, subsidiary jails, and subsidiary special jails.

State government introduced Odisha Prison Manual in 2007 having very progressive provisions .If new manual can be implemented, can avoid the unnecessary detention of undertrial prisoners. 2007 manuals have become non-operational over the years, due to which there are several reports of under trial prisoners spending a lifetime in prison.- Mr. Reddy added.

Overcrowding is the main problem in all over the jails. Besides, absence of medical officers, pharmacists, technicians’, probationary officers and water scarcity are other problems in jails. It is strong violation human rights act so Mr. Reddy and Biswal have urged to bring reform in jails by implementing Odisha prison manual 2007.

In Kujang sub jail, there are many irregularities like shortage of drinking water facilities, no tiffin for inmates in morning and evening, power-cut for five to six hours causing sever heat to inmates, bad sanitation and other issues have worsened the situation.

All the inmates of Kujang sub jail do not take one class of water & meal and sat on dharna with empty stomach to fulfill their demands on yesterday. They also submitted a demand to the chief minister of Odisha and Inspector of General to fulfill their demands.

Superintendent of jail, Kujang Mr. Chittaranjan Biswal said ‘all 69 inmates demonstrated their dharna on yesterday for demanding to implement 2007 Prison Manual so I have sent their memorandum to the higher authorities’.- he added.

The appeal of CPI leader Mr. Reddy to intensify their dharna in all jails of the state on the occasion of Laborer’s day though media did not put any impact because inmates of other jails did not demonstrate dharna on yesterday. Contacted, superintendent of Allipingal M.A.Beig has also informed that no inmate sat on dharna on yesterday.

Odisha Government asks officials to boost up raising of claims in RSBY

Boost up the raising of health claims under  Rastiya Swasthya Bima Yojana (RSBY) ordered Chief Secretary Bijay Kumar Patnaik while reviewing the progress of the scheme in Secretariat conference hall last evening.

Patnaik has advised Labor & Employment and Health & Family Welfare  and Departments to make an analysis of the bottlenecks in the process of raising the claims by  Rogi Kalyan Samities (RKS)  centrally and work out the details of administrative and institutional support required for the purpose. Chief Secretary has suggested examining the alternatives of providing incentives to the existing staff and engaging additional staff in busy hospitals for facilitating the process of rising of  claims by patients.

It has been decided that  RKS will ensure treatment to patients by utilizing its own funds  which can be later on reimbursed from the claim amount. Review shows in the meanwhile the programme has been extended to 28 districts. The enrolment in other 2 districts namely Mayurbhanj and Jagatsingpur will be started from the current month. As of now 16,95, 652 BPL  families have been insured under  RSBY.  A total number of 435 public hospitals and 65 private hospitals have been   empanelled for claim settlement under the scheme.

Total number of 7002 claims have been settled and Rs. 2, 45, 84,531/- have been provided against theses claims. The dates of enrolment have been extended in respect  of 6 districts namely Cuttack, Khurda, Ganjam, Kendrapara, Sambalpur and Sundargarh. It has been decided that the Policy period of the beneficiaries in 4 districts viz. Jharsuguda, Deogarh, Nuapada and Puri which is scheduled to expire in coming months will be renewed with the same company through which families have been ensured.  The proposal of designating ASHA workers as Additional Field Key Officers for implementation of RSBY was also discussed in the meeting.  Chief Secretary has advised the Health & Family Welfare Department to develop IEC material for diffusion of message on RSBY and intensify the awareness building activities so that more and more people start demanding the service and raising their health claims. The Department has also been asked to set up one dedicated project monitoring unit at the sate level to monitor and  supervise these activities.

It has also been decided that the personnel’s of RKS will be  sanitized and trained  for ensuring proper treatment to the insured persons and for raising claims of health insurance.  Development Commissioner Sri Rabi Narayan Senapati, Pr Secretary Finance Sri Jugal Kishore Mohapatra,  Secretary  Panchayti Raj Sri Pradeep Kumar Jena, Secretary Labor & Employment C.T.M.Suguna, Secretary Health & Family Welfare Smt. Anu Garg,  Pr. Secretary Law Sri Debabrata Das, Additional Secretary PR , Smt.  Usha Padhee , Joint Secretary Labour & Employment Sri Biswanath Pradhan  along with other senior officials participated in discussions.