Daily Archives: May 8, 2012

2 international-standard MSDC to come up

Having set the target to train one million youths in various job generation skills in the next five years, the State Government has now initiated steps for establishment of international-standard multi-skill development centres (MSDC) in the State.

A high-level meeting, presided over by Chief Secretary B K Patnaik, here on Monday decided to set up two such centres at Jatni in Khurda district and Berhampur in Ganjam district in the first phase with technical assistance from Germany.

The proposal for upgradation of 14 industrial training institutes (ITIs), covered under public-private partnership (PPP) mode, at Cuttack, Dhenkanal, Kakatpur, Baripada, Anandpur, Barbil, Chhatrapur, Umarkote, Malkangiri, Bargarh, Boudh, Balangir and Khariar Road with technical expertise from German Technical Aids was also discussed.

The Chief Secretary advised the newly-created Employment and Technical Education Department to intensify activities in this direction.

Possibility of utilising the German Technical Aids for developing the newly set up Government ITIs and polytechnics in Gajapati, Rayagada, Malkangiri, Deogarh and Sambalpur districts also figured in the discussion. ?

At present, two multi-skill development centres, aided and assisted by Germany, are now successfully operating in Karnataka __ one in Bangalore and the other at Gulbarga. Those institutes are imparting skill development training in automotive mechatronics, advanced welding, electronics design and manufacturing, industrial automation, construction technology, tool room and training centre, electrical and electronics maintenance, refrigeration and air-conditioning and information technology (IT).

A team of experts from the State has already visited those institutes. The Chief Secretary advised the Director, Technical Education and Training (DTET), to select the areas where there is growing demand for skilled workers. The directorate should work out the technical details and submit it to the Government for approval.

Development Commissioner RN Senapati, Finance Secretary JK Mohapatra, Revenue and Disaster Management Secretary Taradatt, local head of the Central Institute of Plastic Engineering and Technology (CIPET) PC Padhi and other senior officers of the Government participated in the discussion.

Trivedi loses trust motion

Despite the High Court directive to reserve result of the no-confidence motion till the next hearing on May 10 on a writ petition filed by Sambalpur Municipal Chairperson Rina Trivedi, it is amply clear that her ouster is only a matter of time.

According to leaked reports, 20 councillors have voted for the motion with only three voting in her favour during the no-confidence motion moved here on Monday morning.

The three councillors who voted for her include Saroj Dalpat (ward no. 13), Sushanta Purohit (ward 14) and Sushanta Pradhan (ward 25).

BJP councillors Rashmita Acharya (ward? 2), Bablu Kumar Dash (ward 11), Diptimayee Barik (ward 4) and Nitu Sahu (ward 26) abstained.

And no sooner the outcome of the no-confidence was leaked, her detractors burst? crackers in front of the municipal office.

The ouster of Trivedi is bound to reflect on the image of Sambalpur MLA Jayanarayan Mishra whose political acumen had ensured a second term for the BJP in the municipality despite being shrouded in controversies raging from irregularities to nepotism.

Although an attempt was made to dislodge Trivedi on February 9 last year, her mentor Mishra had managed to bail her out by keeping the flock together.

Life affected in Western Odisha bandh

Normal life was affected in Western Odisha today during a 12-hour bandh called by lawyers in the region demanding arrest and transfer of Sambalpur district Collector for her alleged highhandedness. Shops, markets, schools, colleges, offices and banks remained closed in major towns of Sambalpur, Sundargarh, Jharsuguda, Bolangir and other districts in the region during the bandh called by Western Odisha Bar Associations.

The associations also demanded judicial inquiry into the confrontation between Sambalpur collector Mrinalini Darswal and lawyers, which took place on April 23. The woman collector was allegedly manhandled by lawyers during the conflict and she lodged a complaint, the police said. The lawyers also lodged a complaint and alleged that the collector had used abusive language against the lawyers. Police had arrested 18 lawyers in this connection. The bandh passed off peacefully, the sources said.

In Sambalpur, normal life was paralysed as roads wore a deserted look and business activities came to a standstill as lawyers staged demonstration and picketing at several places, sources said. A report from Rourkela said shops and markets were closed at the district headquarters town of Sundargarh. Banks and offices were also closed following picketing by lawyers. However, in the steel city, offices, banks and Rourkela Steel plant functioned as usual.

Former MP passes away

Former MP and trade union leader Patitpaban Pradhan died of prolonged illness at his home in Brooks Hill here on Sunday. He was 78.

He is survived by his wife Deeptibala Pattnaik, a social activist, and four daughters. His last rites will be performed on Monday at the Rajghat here.

Born in Jarachat village in the erstwhile princely state of Bamanda, currently in Deogarh district, Pradhan completed his Masters Degree and Law from Calcutta University. Motivated by Biju Patnaik and H K Mahtab, he joined public life and led the movement against construction of Tikarpada Multipurpose Dam Project.

He also played an active role in fighting against underground coal mine workers and nationalisation of coal mining industry.

Later he was elected to the Rajya Sabha unopposed. People from all sections of society mourned him.

Gurundia villages on road to development?

Finally, there is some hope for four under-developed interior villages, including the Maoist-infested Kelo in Gurundia block.

Collector Rupa Roshan Sahu visited Kunjara, Kelo, Kantamunda and Majuridima villages and took stock of the situation, on Friday. Her visit assumes significance against the backdrop of villagers complaining that no Government officials even in the rank of BDOs have reached them with help in several decades.

The Collector assessed that road connectivity is a necessity to augment welfare services and implement development projects.

These border villages of Bonai sub-division, about 85 km from Rourkela, surrounded by mountains and forests are virtually inaccessible. Spread over a radius of 15 km, roads to these villages are non-existent. As a result, health, education, drinking water facilities and poverty alleviation programmes are in a shambles.

The Collector said her priority was to ensure road connectivity to these villages under Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY), adding that the administration was committed to development of these four villages.

Courtesy erratic area demarcation, these villages fall under Tamperkela, Sol and Jarda gram panchayats and the villagers have to trek between 11 and 17 km through risky forest routes to reach respective panchayat headquarters. Instead some villagers find it easy to cross over to adjacent Sambalpur district to avail of Government benefits.

Sources confided that lack of monitoring over the past several decades affected development of these villages. Later, penetration of Maoist cadres into the region made it convenient for administration officials to wilfully forget these areas.

Biswanath Bhukta, a villager of Kelo, said under these circumstances their petitions were dumped.