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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.

Five members of family jump in front of train

IN a heart-wrenching incident, five members of a family, including a couple and their three daughters, committed suicide by jumping in front of a moving train near Sambalpur Road railway station on Tuesday night. The Government Railway Police (GRP), Sambalpur, recovered the bodies on Wednesday morning and sent those for autopsy to VSS Institute of Medical Sciences and Research, Burla.

The deceased have been identified as Dharanidhar Panda (50), his wife Sangita Panda (45) and their three daughters __ Ananya Panda (16), Aparajita Panda (14) and three-and-a-half-year-old Siddhi Panda of Jagannath Colony here.

Dharanidhar was a native of Burda village under Bheden block in Bargarh district.Dharanidhar, working as a music teacher in a private school, had been staying in the city with his family for the last 15 years. For the last six months, the family had been staying in a rented house at Jagannath Colony under Ainthapali police limits.

Reports said the loco pilot of Jharsuguda-Sambalpur DMU train informed the Station Master of Sambalpur railway station on Tuesday night that three females jumped in front of the moving train. Subsequently, GRP, Sambalpur, was alerted. The GRP personnel rushed to the spot and found that five members of a family had committed suicide.

Inspector-in-Charge of GRP station, Sambalpur, Chintamani Pradhan said from preliminary investigation it has been ascertained that financial crisis and loan burden drove the family to take the extreme step. Police recovered mobile phones, ATM cards, PAN cards and a bag from the spot.

Dharanidhar’s brother Somnath Panda termed the incident as painful and added that the reason behind the extreme step can be ascertained after police inquiry. Dharanidhar was a friendly person, Somnath said.

Suspecting financial crisis as the reason behind the drastic step, Prasanna Gartia, the owner of the house where the family was residing, said Dharanidhar was under mental agony as many people, from whom he had borrowed money, were coming to his house frequently seeking repayment.

Five bodies found on railway tracks, police suspect mass suicide

Mutilated bodies of music teacher Dharanidhar Panda, his wife Sangeeta Panda and their three daughters, in the age group of 13-20, were spotted by driver of a train at Sarala junction near Sambalpur town.

Inspector of Sambalpur Government Railway Police G Dungdung said preliminary investigation indicates it’s a case of mass suicide. “We recovered five bodies of four female and one male. The bodies have been sent for post-mortem,” he said.

It was, however, not immediately known whether the family was under any kind of stress to take the extreme step.

Panda worked as a music teacher in a local school. The school was closed for the day following his death as a mark of respect. Colleagues and students remembered Panda as a kind human being and sincere. “He had come to school yesterday (Tuesday) and left in the afternoon. There was no trace of anxiety or depression on his face,” said a colleague.

Expressing shock over the incident, Sambalpur MLA Raseswari Panigrahi demanded a proper probe into the incident to unearth the truth.

Sambalpur RIs threaten pen down strike

Odisha State Revenue Field Officers’ Association, on Sunday, threatened a pen down strike at all the Revenue Inspector offices in Sambalpur district protesting delay in arresting the woman lawyer who allegedly thrashed a female Revenue Inspector in Sambalpur on September 14.

The association said, Revenue Inspector Sushree Geetanjali Panigrahi, had lodged a complaint with Sambalpur police in this regard on September 14 and submitted a memorandum to the SP and the district Collector on September 15 urging the authority to look into the matter.

Sushree claimed that a man named Ankit Barik approached her for getting a caste certificate, but as he is a native of Subarnapur district, she advised him to visit the Revenue Inspector’s office in his home town. “A woman lawyer then approached me for about three times on his behalf, but I told her the same thing. On September 14, when I was standing in-front of the sub-collector’s office in Sambalpur, the lawyer came and physically assaulted me,” she alleged during a press meet here on Sunday. The association also theatened to carry out state-wide protests if the authorities did not take any action in this regard within seven days.