Daily Archives: August 22, 2012

Integrated Action Plan

The Integrated Action Plan (IAP) for Selected Tribal and backward Districts was approved on 25.11.2010 for 60 districts with 15 districts in Odisha including Kendujhar/Keonjhar. Subsequently, IAP was expanded and now includes 18 districts of Odisha, namely, Balangir, Debagarh, Gajapati, Jaipur, Kalahandi, Kandhamal, Rayagada, Sambalpur, Sonapur and Sundargarh. An amount of Rs. 915 crore has been released to the Government of Odisha under IAP against which expenditure of Rs. 784.87 crore has been reported i.e. 85.78%. An amount of Rs. 55 crore has been released to Kendujhar/Keonjhar district against which an expenditure of Rs. 46.39 crore has been reported.

As per the information furnished by the State Government, a total of 299 works have been taken up under IAP in 2010-12 in Kendujhar/Keonjhar district of which 182 works have been completed. The works which have been taken up include 215 roads, 41 tubewells for drinking water, 22 anganwadi centers, 9 public health centres, 7 school buildings, etc.

The State Government has reported that the works are mostly being implemented in inaccessible tribal pockets affected by Left Wing Extremism and IAP has had a positive impact in terms of providing connectivity, health and drinking water. Five meetings of the District Level Committee have been held till date.

The Minister of State for Planning, Science & Technology and Earth Sciences Dr. Ashwani Kumar said this in a written reply in Lok Sabha Today.

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Downpour improves rainfall deficit in state

The last few days’ downpour has drastically improved the state’s rain deficit. As of now, the state has received 816.5 mm rainfall which is one per cent above the average normal rain of 809.4 mm. This is the first time that the state has received excess rainfall this season, meteorology department officials said on Tuesday.

Sources in the meteorological department said five of the total 30 districts in the state have received excess rainfall between 25 and 29 percent and 18 districts have received normal rain. Sambalpur has recorded 29 per cent above average rainfall, followed by Nayagarh and Cuttack (27 per cent each), Jharsuguda (26 per cent) and Bargarh (25 per cent).

There are seven districts in the state which are still suffering from rainfall deficit even though their condition has improved.

Balasore district, which suffered with rainfall deficit for over a month, has reduced its deficit to 32 per cent followed by Gajpati (27 per cent)), Bhadrak and Deogarh (24 per cent each), and Jajpur and Mayurbhanj (20 per cent each).

The last few days’ showers have brought smiles on the faces of farmers. Paddy, the major crop in the state has been covered in 29.43 lakh hectare area in kharif this year so far against 27.35 lakh hectare area covered during the corresponding period last year.

Odisha water resource dept files FIR against Hindalco unit

The state water resource department has filed a FIR against the Hirakud smelter unit of Hindalco for its failure to check leakage of ash slurry from the captive power plant of the company into the nearby farm fields and canal.

The canal division junior engineer P K Patel of Sambalpur distributary has filed a case against the management of the company on the basis of section 430 of Indian Penal Code, which says wrongful diversion of industrial waste which disturbs irrigation projects is a punishable offense and attracts a jail term upto five years with financial penalty.

“We are currently examining the technicalities of the matter with the help of experts. No arrest has been made so far in the case,” said Rabindra Kumar Mallick, inspector in-charge of Hirakud police station, where the FIR has been lodged.

Meanwhile, Revenue Divisional Commissioner (RDC) Arabinda Padhee has directed the local authorities to ensure that farmers get adequate compensation for the crop loss caused by the recent breach in the ash pond of the Hindalco unit at Hirakud.

The ash pond of aluminium smelter and power complex of Hindalco last week developed cracks and overflowing ash mixed water inundated large chunk of agricultural land in the surrounding villages and entered into canals of Sambalpur distributary following incessant rains in the area during the period.

In a bid to check the damage, the Odisha state pollution control board (OSPCB) has asked the company to stop operation at its thermal power plant. Following the notice, Hindalco has so far shut down two units of its 367 Mw captive power plant.