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Kalahandi Bandh: Protesting for chance given to outsider in Sikhya Sahayak posts

Normal life was disrupted during a 12-hour bandh in Kalahandi district called by various political parties and outfits in protest against certificate verification of candidates from other districts for appointments to Sikhya Sahayak posts Wednesday.

Since 6 am, the agitators burnt tyres and laid large pipes on roads while staging blockades at various intersections such as Manikeshwari High School Square, Dayanidhi Square, Ghodaghat Square, Jail Square and other places to enforce the bandh call.

The bandh threw life out of gear as commuters had a harrowing time. All business establishments, schools, colleges, courts and offices remained closed while vehicles stopped plying during the period. The impact of the bandh was felt the most in Bhawanipatna town while it was partial in other places of the district.

As a result of the bandh, candidates from other districts who had applied for Sikhya Sahayak posts were put to untold sufferings on the third and last day of their certificate verification. Many candidates who had come for certificate verification were seen walking on the highway to Bhawanipatna town.

A disabled candidate Jaladhar Palei coming from Puri were seen being carried on shoulders by his guardian for over 6 km from the Bhawanipatna railway station to the DIET centre for certificate verification.

All the CT and BEd trained candidates from the district and members of various political parties except the BJD as well as many local outfits supported the bandh.

The district administration, to thwart of any untoward incident, had turned the town into a fortress by deploying police forces at major intersections and entry and exit points of the town.

A delegation of the protestors led by former minister Pradipta Nayak, BJP vice-president Badri Narayan Pattanik and PCC secretary Simanta Khamari broke the police cordon and tried to barge inside the DIET centre after their talks with the collector failed. Police arrested them as they scuffled with the former.

A total of 3,835 shortlisted candidates from in and outside of the district had applied for 1,605 (553 posts for BSc BEd, 374 BA BEd, 506 Plus Two Science CT and 272 Plus Two Arts CT) Sikshya Sahayaks posts in Kalahandi district.

The district Sarva Sikhya Abhiyan authorities had invited the candidates for certificate verification to the DIET office for three days starting January 29.

The agitators said aspirants from the district have been waiting for the Sikhya Sahayak jobs for the last six years.

The state government, however, made the appointments statewide enabling candidates from other districts to apply for the post in Kalahandi. This led to resent among the local job seekers

One killed, 50 hurt as bus overturns

IN a fatal accident, one person died and several others were injured when a passenger bus fell down a bridge in Kalahandi district on Wednesday. The incident took place near Thuamul Rampur.

Identity of the deceased is yet to be ascertained. The overcrowded bus was on its way from Bhawanipatna to Gopinathpur and near Thuamul Rampur weekly market, a large number of persons had boarded the vehicle. The accident took place at 4.30 pm when the bus driver lost control over the vehicle while negotiating a sharp curve on the hilly road and fell down the bridge.

As many as 50 passengers sustained injuries and condition of six of them is critical. While the critically injured patients have been shifted to Bhawanipatna Government Hospital, those with minor injuries are undergoing treatment at Thuamul Rampur Hospital.

Rescue operation was carried out till late in the night by locals and police.Three ambulances were sent to the spot from Bhawanipatna Government Hospital to bring the injured persons to Bhawanipatna. Collector R Manek said the bus was overcrowded which led to the mishap.

BJP seeks details on fate of medical college in Kalahandi

With no progress of the proposed medical college at Bhangabari near Bhawanipatna, the district headquarters town of Kalahandi District, the BJP on Thursday sought to know the fate of the institute from the State government.

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik laid the foundation stone of the medical college at a grand ceremony in November, 2016. He had promised that construction work of the institute will be completed by 2018 and admission of the first batch for undergraduate medical courses will start from 2019-20 academic session.

The medical college was scheduled to be established with financial support from Vedanta Foundation. The company had projected an estimated investment of Rs 100 crore to provide infrastructural support for the project.

“The State government has provided 40 acres of land on the outskirts of the district headquarters town for the medical college. Only a small portion of the boundary wall has been constructed during the last six months,” said senior BJP leader and former minister Pradip Nayak.

“I don’t think the CM is serious about the medical college in Kalahandi district as there is no budgetary provision for the project. It was a political stunt of the BJD before the panchayat elections,” Nayak said.
Besides, the State government is not making any serious efforts to restart the medical college at Jaring set up by Selvam Educational and Charitable Trust of Tamil Nadu.

The fate of the college built on a public-private partnership (PPP) model has remained uncertain after withdrawal of letter of permission by Medical Council of India (MCI). Though the State government has scrapped its MoU with Selvam Trust, there is no visible efforts to rope in fresh investors for revival of the institute, said BJP spokesperson Sajjan Sharma.

Nayak said a delegation of the State BJP will meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi and request him for a medical college in the tribal dominated district with Central assistance.

Odisha govt keen to bring tribal districts on par with developed districts

Odisha’s chief minister Naveen Patnaik said on Wednesday that the State government is keen to bring tribal districts on par with other developed districts in Odisha.

Addressing a gathering at Bhangabari in Bhawanipatna, Patnaik said the government is sincerely working for the development of the back ward regions and deprived class in the State. “We have launched a series of developmental programmes and schemes for these regions and appealed the Centre for special funding for tribal pockets,” he said.

Pattnaik laid foundation stone for the Government Medical College at Bhangabari in Bhawanipatna besides several other projects in Kalahandi district. He expressed his pleasure on Vedanta foundation extending financial support for setting up the infrastructure for the Medical College. The work is expected to be completed by 2018.

The chief minister also inaugurated augmentation of water supply from Hati River to Bhawanipatna which would benefit a population of 80,000, 33 KV Grid Substation near Kusa Dangri of Bhawanipatna, additional work shop of government-run IIT at Bhawanipatna, three mini stadiums at Kesinga, Dasigaon of Junagarh block and Utkella of Kesinga block.

He also inaugurated two hostels at Parmanandpur and Kusurla aimed at providing vocational training to the girls and laid foundation stone for 300-seat boys’ and girls’ hostel building of Bhawanipatna (Autonomous) College, new town hall of Bhawanipatna along with 26 lift irrigation projects in Narla, Madanpur Rampur and Karlamunda blocks.

Pattnaik also flagged off mobile health unit and innovative auto-rickshaw ambulances.

The chief minister was accompanied by finance minister Pradip Kumar Amat, urban development minister Puspendra Singh Deo, Loksabha MP Arka Kesari Deo and all MLAs of the district.

Earlier today a massive congregation of Self Help Groups (SHGs) of the district was held at Bhangabari before the arrival of the chief minister.

Man carrying his wife’s body

Dana Majhi with his wife over his shoulders wrapped in sheetsA fact-finding team of Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee (OPCC) comprising five members visited Dana Majhi’s village Melghara on Saturday.
The members are Dabugaon MLA Bhujmal Majhi, OPCC vice-president Sadan Naik, Congress ST cell chairman Pradeep Majhi, OPCC secretary Hasan Khan and former MLA Gobardhan Das.
While the family of the deceased woman Amang Dei was supposed to perform third day rituals (Dibi Utha) according to tribal tradition on Friday, Thuamal Rampur BDO took Dana and his 12-year-old daughter and presented them before the sub-collector for inquiry, a member of the team told a news conference.
Criticizing the district administration, Pradeep said instead of visiting Dana’s village, the district officials brought him to the sub-collector’s office.

After interacting with Dana, Pradeep said he did not get proper response from the hospital authorities regarding an ambulance which forced him to walk up to 10 km with his wife’s body.. For Dana’s sufferings, the team held responsible to all the hospital staff as well as the administration.
After seeing Dana’s sufferings, senior Congress leader Bhakta Charan Das has decided to organize a padayatra of workers on Sunday from Melghara to Bhawanipatna.