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Odisha govt to revive Kalahandi medical college

The Odisha cabinet on Wednesday approved for revival of medical college and hospital in Kalahandi district.

Now, the state government has taken over the medical college and it would induct a suitable private partner through Public private Partnership framework for ensuing the revival and sustainable operationalisation of the medical college and hospital.

As the Medical Council of India has withdrawn its recognition citing lack of infrastructure and adequate faculty, the government has decided to transfer 124 students pursuing medical degree in the college in last two years to private medical colleges in Bhubaneswar.

Chief Secretary GC Pati said the Orissa high court has also directed to all concerned including MCI to take necessary steps for the smooth functioning of the medical college.

The fate of tribal people of Kalahandi is at stake

The fate of Indravati multipurpose project and economy of tribal people dependant on Buflamali hills of Kalahandi is at stake said state secretary of CPI-M Alli Kishor Patnaik after visiting the area on Thursday and taking note of the proposed bauxite mining proposal of Utkal Alumina.

Both the union government and the state government need to study the impact of the proposed mining on the Kalahandi side of Buflamali hills since the Indravati reservoir is located just below the hill. Indravati is the lifeline of Kalahandi district and the tribals are dependent on the hill, he noted.

People are apprehensive that the mining may lead to siltation of the reservoir as several streams from the hill and flow down to the Indravati. This may reduce the life of the reservoir and endanger the irrigation project, he said.

Besides this, 164 land less tribal families of Durmushi and Suryagarh areas who were issued with land patta in the hills by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik during his tour to Thuamul Rampur in 2011 are also facing eviction by the mining project, he alleged.

The CPI-M leader said the Ministry of Water Resources and Environment should intervene. Some modalities should evolved seriously so that the future of Indravati project and of tribal families can be safe guarded. Industry has its own economics importance but not at the cost of an important Irrigation and power generation project, he noted.

The Kalahandi portion of Buflamali and the origin places of the streams from the Mali discharging in to Indravati reservoir should be protected.

The CPI-M leader told reporters that resentment amongst local people is brewing and it is high time measures should be taken by government. Among others senior party leader Nabakishor Patnaik and the Kalahandi district wing secretary of CPI-M Satyajit Chatarjee were also present at the press meet.

Two women Maoists leaders surrendered before Odisha Police in Kalahandi

Two women Maoists leaders from Chattishgarh on Monday surrendered before Odisha Police in Kalahandi. This was informed by the IG of South-West range Yashwant Jathawa.

They are namely Phulbati alias Mithila (30) and Rukmati alias Rashmila (28).  They were working as Area Committee Members (ACMs) in Chhattisgarh since 2006, police sources said. Jethwa said the duo was actively providing leadership as ACMs of Koili Bhitar area committee at Mainpur under the Nuapada Division of the CPI Maoist organisation.

In another incident Maoists torch vehicles in Nuapada district. Maoist raided a contractor’s base and torched construction vehicles parked near Timali village.

Naxalite killed in Kalahandi

One left wing extremists was killed when security forces and naxalites exchanged fire in Kalahandi district on Sunday.

Based on intelligence input, District Voluntary Force, a special constabulary unit of the Odisha Police engaged in anti-Maoist operations, had made a move towards Kegaon under Golamunda Police Station area on late Saturday evening.

Near Chura Pahad area, security forces were fired upon by a group of Left ultras and in retaliation DVF personnel also returned fire, said Y. K Jethwa, Inspector General (South-West).

Mr. Jethwa said one naxalite was found to be dead while exchange of fire was still continuing till evening of Sunday. One Insas rifle was recovered from the spot. Kalahandi police had launched combing operation following the encounter with naxalites.

During past one year, left wing extremists were found to be active in Kalahandi district which shares border with Nuapada and Bolangir districts which are already affected by naxal violence.

Distress Sale Still Rampant in Kalahandi

Despite emerging as one of major paddy producing districts of the State over the years, poor marketing infrastructure remains a major problem in Kalahandi district. Belying the claims of the Government, distress sale is still rampant with many farmers opting to sell their surplus paddy to private players.

The kharif paddy procurement report of Bhawanipatna Central Cooperative Bank based on the paddy purchase and delivery by Primary Agriculture Cooperative Societies (PACS), which procures paddy in the mandis on behalf of Odisha Supply Corporation, revealed that about half of the marketable paddy could not be procured in the Government-run mandis.

According to the assessment report of the Agriculture department, before beginning of the paddy procurement during kharif season of 2013, total coverage of crop area was 1,90,000 hectares and the expected production was 8,56,531 tonnes. The PACS had made an assessment of total marketable crop in the district at 7,11,836 tonnes.

On the basis of this report, the target of procurement for the district was fixed by the Government. Accordingly, 74 PACS were entrusted to procure paddy from 130 centres or mandis and 85 millers were tagged to the paddy purchasing centres.

However, the final audited report of purchase and delivery of paddy in 2013-14 kharif season by the PACS released by the Bhawanipatna Central Cooperative Bank recently revealed that the total 3.27 lakh tonnes were procured in the mandis. Thus, comparing 7.11 lakh tonnes of marketable paddy assessed by the PACS and the final procurement, there is a shortage of more than four lakh tonnes.

In the previous kharif season of 2012-13, the total paddy procurement was 3.45 lakh tonnes in the district. Due to abnormal delay in opening of the procuring centres and fixation of target by the Government, a large quantity of paddy, mostly of small farmers, was sold outside the Government managed purchasing centres. Many farmers on Chhattisgarh border sold their produce to private players of the neighbouring State, informed a Supply department official on condition of anonymity.

During 2012-13 kharif season, the procurement started on December 5, 2013 instead of November 15 due to delay by the Government in giving direction to the authorities concerned.

Farmer activist Anil Nanda said, “Due to late opening of mandis, many farmers prefer to sell their produce in Chhattisgarh.”

Besides, the special calamity allowance of `100 per quintal of paddy sold by farmers to the maximum limit of 100 quintal per farmer decided by State Government is yet to be implemented, he added.

Meanwhile, Bhawanipatna Central Cooperative Bank has already prepared the Kharif paddy procurement of PACS under Kalahandi district for 2013-14.

Nanda said the incentive should be paid early to the farmers and the district administration and State Government should start the procurement process well in advance so that the farmers would not sell their produce outside the State and thereby not face distress sale condition.