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Illegal paddy stock worth Rs 15 Lakh seized in Kalahandi

Illegal paddy stockA flying squad of Food Supplies and Consumer Welfare Department on Friday conducted a surprise raid at Khandi Dangariguda village under Kalampur block in Kalahandi District and detected illegal paddy stocks worth 15 lakh from a house.

Sources said acting on a tip-off, the squad raided the premises of Goutam Bihari and found 2,280 bags of paddy weighing about 1,000 quintals illegally purchased from farmers. Bihari is an influential farmer of the area and he managed to prepare some land records and agreement documents of sharecroppers and land owners for paddy procurement. These records are under scrutiny, said Assistant Civil Supply Officer (ACSO) of Dharmagarh Prafulla Das, adding that the squad has seized 27 agreements made with farmers. The tehsildar of Kalampur was also present during the raid. Meanwhile, paddy procurement in the district is slowly picking up pace. At least 47,933 farmers have registered their names at 74 Primary Agriculture Cooperative Societies (PACS) to sell their paddy. So far, 25,790 tonnes of paddy have been purchased in the district from 6,332 farmers.

However, farmers alleged that procurement officials and millers are deducting 5 to 10 kg of paddy for fair average quality (FAQ) verification. Taking advantage of the confusion prevailing among farmers over FAQ norms, some unscrupulous millers and middlemen have become active in the area to mislead the farmers.

Vedanta official abducted in Kalahandi district

An official of Vedanta Allumina Limited and his driver have allegedly been abducted by a criminal gang in Kalahandi district, police said today.

The incident took place last night when Assistant Manager (Environment) Satya Ranjan Sahu was returning to Lanjigarh in Kalahandi district after purchasing a new Maruti Baleno car from a showroom in Sambalpur.

His driver has been identified as Gourishankar Naik.

About five unidentified people in another car intercepted Sahus vehicle near Kadalighati. They allegedly directed Naik to drive as per their direction and two persons followed them in their Swift car.

However, near the Sikerkupa police outpost, the Swift car met with an accident in which the two occupants were injured.

They have been admitted to Bhawanipatna Government Hospital, police said.

Additional SP, Kalahandi, Akhaya Kumar Das said the accused persons were involved in snatching incidents and had criminal records.

“The two injured persons, who are part of the criminal gang, are being interrogated,” he said.

Though police found Sahus car abandoned near Gatiguda village close to Muniguda town and Niyamgiri, there was no trace of the assistant manager and his driver.

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.

Chhattisgarh BJP Leader, 8 Others arrested by Kalahandi Police

In a big development, which further proved the strong involvement of Chhattisgarh Government in panchayat polls in Odisha, Lokesh Kawadia, Secretary of BJP NGO Cell, has been arrested by Kalahandi Police on the allegations of distributing cash during panchayat polls.

Lokesh was detained by the cops in Thuamula, Rampur in Kalahandi district last evening. The police have seized 4 vehicles (including 3 bearing Chhattisgarh number plates) and Rs 2.11 lakh cash from him.

8 other associated of Lokesh, have been arrested too. The cops have confirmed the cash distribution in the area by the BJP leaders.

Women dismantle roof for mother’s funeral in Kalahandi

four-doughter-carrying-mother-funeralThe Kalahandi district, which was in the news recently when a tribal man carried his wife’s dead body for kilometres for want of transport, has hit the headlines again for the wrong reason.

With nobody coming forward to lend a helping hand, four daughters were forced to carry the body of their mother on their head to cremation ground in the Dokripada village of the district’s Golamunda block on Saturday. According reports from the district, Kanak Satpathy, a 75-year-old woman, died after prolonged illness on Friday night.

Following the death, four of her daughters pleaded with their neighbours to help them in performing their mother’s last rites, but to no avail.

After waiting for hours, when the daughters saw no help forthcoming, they placed the body of their mother on a woven cot and started marching towards the cremation ground.

With no wood for the funeral pyre, they dismantled the roof of their house for the wood required for the cremation.

Of the four daughters, two are widows and two have been deserted by their husbands. As they did not have any source of living, they begged for food in order to survive.