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Bargarh bandh for city hospital

Bargarh residents observed a bandh from Monday morning, throwing normal life out of gear in the process, demanding the authorities turn the old District headquarters hospital (DHH) into City Hospital.


Demanding city hospital in bargarh

Demanding city hospital in bargarh

Educational institutions and business establishments downed their shutters supporting the demand. Agitated people staged road blockades at strategic locations including the square in front of the old DHH.

In another development, district planning committee chairman and MLA Debesh Acharya, who reached the old DHH at about 8am to attend a meeting with district administration officials and health department officials at the old DHH to discuss the legitimacy of the demand, had to face the ire of angry people. The MLA is said to have been detained for some time.

Ample police forces have been deployed at the old DHH to avoid any untoward situation, it was learnt.

The agitating people said they would continue their strike till the old DHH is declared as ‘city hospital’.

Notably, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik had inaugurated the new district headquarters hospital at Tukurlad (Khedipali) January 21. The shifting of all the machines, all types of equipment and beds from the old DHH to the new one started from January 31.

As of now the health facilities for in and out-patients at the old DHH have been badly affected. Protesting against this step-motherly attitude, the people of Bargarh have been demanding ‘city hospital’ status to the old DHH for last couple of days.

It is worth mentioning that the state government has meanwhile declared the old DHH as the primary health centre (PHC).

Connection cut from 18th February in Western Odisha, Wesco

Wesco electricity supplyWesco, a power supply company in West Odisha, has decided to start a campaign to recover outstanding electricity bills from 18th of this month February. It is noted that, earlier  Nesco and Southco had already start the outstanding electricity bill recovery from last month.

There are 9 districts depends on Wesco for electrictity and that are Sambalpur, Sundargarh, Jharsuguda, Bargarh, Balangir, Deogarh, Sonpur, Kalahandi and Nuapada.  Wesco  disconnect the electricity connection of customers who do not pay the outstanding electricity bills.

At a press conference held at the local Wesco office in Cheruapada on Saturday afternoon, Wesco’s official Tapas Kumar Patnaik said that Wesco  is committed to provide better electricity service to its customers, but the electricity bills of 2117 crores owed to millions of customers has become a major deterrent. . Millions of customers have been using electricity for years, but are not paying electricity bills. Other customers along with the company are suffering due to this. Wesco  can no longer bear the burden of the outstanding electricity bill. In such a situation, a campaign will be started from February 18 to collect the outstanding electricity bill from the customers and the electricity connection of those who do not pay the bill will be cut. He said that to avoid this, customers have to pay the outstanding bills. For this, the bill can also be paid in installments.

Connection cut from 18th Febuary in Western Odisha, WescoGiving information, Patnaik said that there are 1,25,180 customers of Wesco  who have not been paying electricity bills for more than two years. Apart from these, the number of customers who owe bills more than 25 thousand rupees is 2,57,652 and the number of customers who owe bills of more than 50 thousand rupees is 1,34,561. There is an outstanding bill of more than Rs 406 crore on various commercial establishments, plants etc. Some of these cases are in court and the bill has not been recovered from them.

Patnaik further said that Wesco  does not want to disconnect the electricity connection of any customer, but despite repeated requests in this regard, it has now been decided to take action against such customers. Customers have been given time till February 17 to pay the outstanding bills. Despite this, if the bill is not paid, the campaign to cut the connection will start from 18 February. He has requested customers to understand and support Wesco ‘s problem. In this press conference Wesco General Manager (Commerce) Ashish Patjoshi, General Manager (Finance) Dilip Agarwal, Company Secretary Subodh Mahalik, Deputy General Manager (Finance) Kshirodchandra Nand, Superintending Engineer (Sambalpur) Sanjit Nayak, Chief Vigilance Officer Bhagyadhar Behera and Public Relations Officer Devanand Samal present.

Goods train derails near Sambalpur city station

Restoration of derailed carriage near Sambalpur city stationOne carriage of the goods train derails having coal near Sambalpur city station, may be that was the 3rd one from the engine

The 3rd carriage from the engine of a goods train derails near Sambalpur city station on Saturday. The incident happen on Sambalpur – Jharsuguda rail line and it is same line of Talcher and Bilaspur rail line, as the train is coming from Talcher to its destination Bilaspur.

Because of this indecent, many trains going through this route got  delay including the Rajdhani Express, as they were diverted through. After getting the news, a team from Sambalpur Railway division visited the place and started the restoration of the carriage to the rail line.

Infrastructure development of Maa Samaleswari Mandir, Sambalpur

As CM announced for the development of Maa Samaleswari Mandir infrastructure in Sambalpur, in his last visit in 21st January 2020. A three member of government team arrived at the temple on Thursday.

They inspect and assess the proposed infrastructure development of the shrine. The team interacted with the local people for the development and submit the report to the State Government.

Lyricist of “Rangabati” got Padma Shree Awards

The evergreen all time favorite ‘Rangabati’ song has gained the rare recognition of having two Padma Shri awardees for a single work of art.

Shree Mitrabhanu Gauntia, the lyricist of “Rangabati” song got Padma Shree Award. This is the second Padma Shree Award accolade for the all time favorite sambalpuri song “Rangabati“.

Beside this Gauntia received several award from many institutions like Odisha State Sangeet Natak Academy Award and Akashvani National Award for music. Gountia was also honoured by Sambalpur University for his creations.

After the singer Shree Jitendra Haripal was conferred the honour of Padma Shree Award  in 2017, its lyricist 77-year-old Mitrabhanu Gountia has been selected for the award this year.

Rangabati’ was recorded for All India Radio (AIR), Sambalpur’s Surmalika programme in 1975-76. It was later re-recorded in disc format at Indian Record Company, Kolkata in 1978-79. The popularity of ‘Rangabati’ can be gauged from the fact Gountia’s village Bilung was renamed as ‘Rangabati Bilung’ by the Revenue department in 2017.

Reacting to the news of being selected for the fourth highest civilian honour of the country, Gountia said Rangabati gave him name and fame. He said Doordarshan, Sambalpur had produced a documentary of one hour duration on the song. Dedicating the award to lovers of Sambalpuri Art and Culture, the retired teacher said is a recognition of his dedication to the art.

Born in 1942, Gountia started writing at the age of 15 only when he was studying in Class IX. His creations of initial days include ‘Masa Odasa Kali’ and ‘Parikhya Chinta’. An ardent lover of nature, Gountia, through his songs and plays, has been sending out messages to save the forest, check deforestation, pollution, education, literacy, etc. Some of his creations include Malli, Lalita, Mohini, Kaeri, Draupadi Haran, Jharbania, Haelu, Pakhal Khuri Thi Mahara, Rakshya Kabacha, Gaon Amar Maa and Jhee Ratan.

Shree Jitendra Haripal said he was glad that another member of the Rangabati team has been selected for the honour. “The award will encourage those who are working in the field of folk art and culture,” he said. On the present trend of Sambalpuri song and music, he said there is no dearth of talent. However, the songs of the present era are getting short-term popularity.