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Sambalpur boy dies after being ‘ragged’

A 16-year-old Sambalpur boy, who had allegedly faced ragging at his school in Andhra Pradesh in December last year, died in a hospital in the Capital on Saturday. The deceased has been identified as Shreyash Kesharwani of Garposh village in Sambalpur district. He was studying at a school in Visakhapatnam.According to Nilesh Kesharwani, uncle of Shreyash, his nephew was savagely beaten by his colleagues in December and he was threatened not to reveal about the incident to anyone.

“Shreyash had not informed about the incident for about two days. He later called his father Sailesh and my brother rushed to bring him back,” Nilesh said.“Shreyash was undergoing treatment at a private hospital in Visakhapatnam and the doctors had advised him one month bed rest. My brother brought him back, but his condition deteriorated. We then admitted him at a private hospital in Bhubaneswar where he died on Saturday,” he added.

The family members of Shreyash, who was studying in Class XI, alleged that the school authorities had also not informed them about the incident. The deceased had reportedly developed some heart and lungs ailment after the incident. Meanwhile, Shreyash’s family have lodged a complaint in this regard with Sambalpur police.

BSE zonal office sambalpur shift to new building

More than four decades after it started functioning here in 1975, BSE zonal office will have its own new building near the Jail chowk.

The BSE zonal office is currently functioning from a rented building near Sen park in the city. The new building has been constructed near the Jail chowk. The office will start functioning from its own new building by December 31.

Deputy Secretary of BSE, Balram Hota said: “The building has been constructed over 8000 square feet area at an estimated cost of Rs 1.67 crore. Public Works Department (PWD) executed the construction work.”

“We had planned to shift to the new building on December 20 but we could not shift as the electricity connection to the new building is yet to be supplied. We have set a target to shift to our own building by December 31,” he added.

The Zonal Office of the BSE is responsible for smooth conduct of the examination, publication of results, issue of certificates and correction of certificates.

The zonal office of BSE here caters to nine districts in western region – Sambalpur, Jharsuguda, Bargarh, Deogarh, Sundargarh, Bolangir, Sonepur, Kalahandi and Nuapada.

There are 2095 schools with around 1.5 lakh students under its jurisdiction.

“Long standing problem of the zonal office here will be resolved after the office starts functioning from its own building. We are waiting for the PWD to take steps for the electricity connection to the new building,” said Hota.

Sambalpur Police close eyes to trafficking by transgenders

A couple of years ago, a transgender was remanded in judicial custody after being arrested and produced in court by Bargarh police over some case. But it turned out to be a nightmarish experience for the jail authorities to find a suitable accommodation for the prisoner on the jail premises. Neither the accused could be accommodated with male prisoners nor with women prisoners. Finally, the jailer housed the transgender prisoner in his office chamber and later, the prisoner was let out on bail.

Perhaps this could be the reason why the Sambalpur police has turned a blind eye to a group of transgenders offering unnatural sex to commuters on the road linking Baraipali with Ainthapali. They descend on Ainthapali Chowk during night and move towards the IMFL outlet mingling with crowd.

Though an on-shop where one is not allowed to consume liquor, it acts like an off-shop and customers enjoy their drinks with push carts rolling out snacks. Here the transgenders make money and later move to desolate area near a closed office where they indulge in the illegal activity till late in the night.

With garish makeup and trendy and hugging scanty outfits, one can hardly make out whether they are girls or transgenders till they speak out with their gruffly voice. They have regular customers. The virtually abandoned premises of the office is used to carry out their trade.

The presence of the transgenders has forced the commuters to take the Highway route instead of driving on the service road. Although PCR vehicle is seen patrolling at the spot, the police seem to be more interested in collecting money from parked trucks than driving them out.

Social activist and transgender Mira Parida said irrespective of gender, every individual has biological urge but privacy needs to be maintained. The circumstances under which they are into the trade also needs to be reviewed, Mira said, adding that the State Government should take steps to provide livelihood to transgenders.

When contacted, Sambalpur SP Sanjeev Arora assured that action would be taken. He said a cell can be earmarked in Sambalpur Circle Jail to house transgenders and directed the Ainthapali police to round them up and book them under relevant sections of IPC.

Paddy procurement running smoothly in Sambalpur

AMID reports of dispute over FAQ standard in other districts, paddy procurement in Sambalpur district for the current Kharif Marketing Season (KMS) is going on in full swing. Commencing on November 15, the authorities have already procured 1,03,446.85 tonnes of paddy till December 11. Sources said farmers had received `106.60 crore so far.

Civil Supply Officer, Sambalpur, Pitambar Acharya said the Food Supplies and Consumer Welfare Department has set a target of 2,61,764 tonnes, out of which the Odisha State Civil Supplies Corporation Limited (OSCSC) will procure 2,30,882 tonnes. MARKFED and Tribal Development Co-operative Corporation of Odisha Limited (TDCC) will procure 27,941 and 2,941 tonnes respectively.

While OSCSC had procured 98,437.70 tonnes so far, MARKFED and TDCC had bought 4704.38 and 304.77 tonnes respectively till December 11, Acharya added.

According to the official, 41,327 farmers had registered themselves for the procurement against 36,405 last year.

“The farmers are focusing on hassle-free paddy procurement in the district and payment of Minimum Support Price (MSP) of paddy through online within a period of three days,” he added.

Even after achieving the set target, authorities had not imposed any restriction on the procurement of the crop which would come to market yards from registered farmers, the official said.

Kharif procurement is being carried out at 77 market yards and paddy purchase centres across nine blocks of the district. The Primary Agricultural Cooperative Societies (PACS) are procuring paddy on behalf of OSCSC in the district. Altogether, 51 millers are participating in the process.

Sambalpur Zilla Krushak Surakhya Sangathan (SZKSS) vice-presidnt Umesh Mishra said the procurement is being carried out smoothly in the district. The farmers are also getting their payment within the stipulated period, he added.

Chhatisgarh opens one gate of Kalma barrage, Hydro power generation suffers

Amid accusation of reduction of flow of Mahanadi water, Chattisgarh government has finally opened only one gate of the Kalma barrage to discharge water to Hirakud reservoir in Odisha to meet the scarcity.

All protest of the Odisha government not to stop flow of Mahanadi water during non-monsoon season and release the required quantity of water had no impact on the Chhatisgarh government which is constructing dams and barrages on the up stream of Mahanadi river notwithstanding the vehement protest from Odisha.

Hirakud Dam sources said only 2000 cusecs water is entering the reservoir from Kalma barrage although the requirement is much high.
Since the government is giving priority to irrigation and drinking water supply, the hydro power generation using the Hirakud water had almost stopped except in the peak hours in the evening, power generation is allowed only for few hours to meet the requirement .

Since the kharif crop will begin soon after crop cutting is over, the Dam authority is now ready to meet the water supply in the canals to the Hirakud command area and also Sambalpur distributory as per the requirement at the cost of the power generation,” a senior official of Hirakud Dam said.