Monthly Archives: September 2012

HC tightens anti-pollution noose on govt hospitals

The Orissa high court on Friday directed the State Pollution Control Board to initiate criminal proceedings against seven district headquarter hospitals for continuous violation of Biomedical Waste (Management and Handling) Rules. “The division bench of Justice L Mohapatra and Justice I Mohanty has directed the board to file criminal cases against the in-charges of bio-medical waste management at the district hospitals of Angul, Dhenkanal, Bhadrak, Balasore, Boudh, Deogarh and Sambalpur under the Environment Protection Act, 1988,” said amicus curie P R Das.

The directive came in the wake of a petition filed by a social organization, Maitree Sansad. It has alleged that these hospitals have been long flouting biomedical waste handling rules. Even the high court-appointed advocate’s committee had visited these hospitals and found deficiencies in the biomedical waste disposal system. Warnings were also issued to these hospitals but nothing was done by them to improve the situation, stated the amicus curie.

He further said the hospitals dumped the biomedical waste in a haphazard and improper manner, which is extremely dangerous from health point of view. “We had submitted our report before the high court and taken strong note of the report that the court has directed the SPCB to file criminal cases against these hospitals,” added Das.

The board had filed criminal cases against the superintendents of three government medical colleges in 2010 for violating the biomedical waste management rules.

Balasore, Jeypore, Jharsuguda, Jajpur under Rajiv Awas Yojana

Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik urges Union Ministerof Housing & Urban Poverty Alleviation Kumari Selja to include Balasore, Jeypore, Jharsuguda, Jajpur under Rajiv Awas Yojana. Patnaik writes a letter to Selja over this issue.

Patanik said that, “The Government of Odisha is fully committed to making the State slum free and has formulated a comprehensive policy for this purpose. We are also in the process of making a legislation for according property rights to slum dwellers and preventing the growth of new slums.”

CM Patnaik further added that, “Six cities of Odisha are at present covered under the Rajiv Awas Yojana (RAY), which are Bhubaneswar, Cuttack, Berhampur, Rourkela, Sambalpur and Puri. So far 2 pilot projects have been sanctioned, namely Rangamatia and Mahisakhal slums in Bhubaneswar and a few more are in the process of submission. Owing to the rapid economic growth and urbanization of the State, it is essential to expand the coverage under RAY by inclusion of new cities. Taking into account the growth of cities and the incidence of slums, it is recommended that the cities of Balasore, Jeypore, Jharsuguda and Jajpur (including Jajpur Road) may be included under the scheme.”

40 lakh, Agricultural Scam in Sambalpur

Police on Wednesday claimed to have blown the lid off a money-siphoning racket in the agriculture department with the arrest of eight persons. The accused included two government employees and two staff of private banks.

Sambalpur SP Nikhil Kanodia said around Rs 40 lakh was withdrawn from the department’s account in agriculture development branch of SBI in Sambalpur on different occasions. The transactions were conducted without the knowledge of the agriculture department’s deputy director, who is the authorized signatory of the account.

“Our investigation revealed that two staff of the agriculture department, Sanjib Dash and Prafulla Sahu, had withdrawn the money by forging the deputy director’s signatures. The duo had also deposited cash amounting of about Rs.13,27,160 on three occasions to avoid any suspicion by bank officials. An employee of ING Vaisya, Amit Chandak, and a staff of HDFC, Amit Sahu, helped the accused to transfer Rs 15 lakh to the local branches of the private banks,” the SP said. “The accused have confessed everything and we have recovered cash of about Rs 12 lakh and bank deposits from them. We have also seized a motorcycle purchased from the stolen money. A court has remanded the accused to judicial custody,” he added.

The four other accused were identified as Sanjib Dehury, Prafulla Dash, Sumit Arjual and Kumar Parmar.

Burla NAC chairperson faces controversy for her caste

The first woman chairperson of Burla notified area council (NAC), Chadrabati Nayak, has recently found herself in the middle of a controversy over her caste. While Nayak contested the election for the NAC chairperson’s post claiming she belonged to scheduled castes, a recent report by the revenue supervisor of Sambalpur tehasil says she is a Rajput. The post of the chairperson is reserved for SC candidates.

“I have received the report about her caste. I have not verified it yet. Action will be initiated against her if she is found guilty,” sub-collector Rainu Singh said on Wednesday. Sources said if she was found guilty, she would not only lose her post, but might also be put behind the bars for faking her caste.

Chandrabati Nayak got elected from ward number three of the Burla NAC two years back contesting the poll as an independent candidate. She later joined the BJD and became the chairperson of the NAC. However, there has been a dispute regarding her caste since the day she took charge of the NAC. Jagaran Samiti, a social body of Burla, raised questions about her caste. They have submitted several petitions to the local tehasildar in this regard.

The tehasildar had assigned a revenue supervisor to conduct a probe and submit a report on the matter. In his report, the supervisor mentioned that Nayak belonged to Rajput caste as her father originally hailed from Bihar. It was also evident from her school records and other documents available in Burla.

“After the report of the revenue supervisor, the doubts have been cleared. She does not belong to SC community, and she should be immediately removed from the office of chairperson,” convener of Jagaran Samiti Pankaj Behera said. She added that they would resort to agitation if the administration tried to shield the chairperson.

Asha Bhosle will sing a Sambalpuri Geet

Well known playback singer Asha Bhosle will be heard singing a Sambalpuri geet in the upcoming Odia film ‘Chini’ with a western Odisha flavour.

Asha has sung ‘Uanshar andhare nai dishe sina, haji nai jai jan‘  penned by Durga Madhab Panda for the film. “It is for the first time that a singer of Asha’s stature has sung a Sambalpuri number for a movie,” said Pradip Bhol, who is debuting as a director with the film.

Bhol, who has earlier produced reasonably successful movies such as ‘Pabitra Bandhan’ and ‘Suna Sankhali’, said ‘Chini’ will be an out and out commercial flick depicting how superstitions exist among the educated. “Traditions and culture of western Odisha, Nuakhai festival and marriages in this part of the state will be depicted in the film,” he said after the mahurat at Samlai temple in Sambalpur on Monday evening.

“Dialogues of the movie are a good mix of Sambalpuri and Odia. People from other parts of the state who don’t speak the western Odisha dialect can also easily understand the film and identify themselves with it,” Bhol said.

Famous Odia actors Mihir Das, Maheswata Ray and Debu Bose make up the star cast of the two-and-a-half-hour movie. Newcomer Tithi Rupa will be seen in the lead role as ‘Chini’. “I am very excited and feel very lucky to have bagged the role. The script is very exciting. The youth in the state can easily correlate themselves with the movie,” she said. Snehlata Padira and Bhabani Majhi are jointly producing the film.