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Auto Rickshaw Driver In Odisha ‘Fined For Not Wearing Helmet’

An auto driver was fined in Sonepur for not wearing a helmet.

 

As per reports, one Ram Banchhor of Nilabandhapara in Bargarh, who owns an auto rickshaw bearing registration number of OR-17H-5743 was fined Rs 6,000 by Sonepur RTO for not wearing a helmet and using mobile phone while driving.

What is even more surprising is the fact that Ram alleged he never went to Sonepur district. According to Ram, he only operates in Bargarh and uses his vehicle to transport goods within Bargarh district limits and never went to Sonepur district.

“I came to know about this fine only after I went to Bargarh RTO to renew the fitness certificate of my auto rickshaw. The officials said that I can’t renew unless I pay the fines first,” said a bewildered Ram.

“I never went to Sonepur, but still they penalised me for not wearing a helmet. Because of this I am not being able to renew the fitness certificate of my vehicle,” added Ram.

This is not the first instance, but there have been other cases where motorists have alleged that they have been penalised unduly. Recently on December 7, a truck driver in Bargarh district was fined by the transport department for not wearing a helmet.

State Pollution Control Board move to manage biomedical waste

The State Pollution Control Board (SPCB) has urged Sambalpur Collector to provide at least two acres of land at a strategic location in the district for developing common biomedical waste management facility. The facility will be developed to facilitate treatment and disposal of biomedical waste generated from the hospitals of Sambalpur, Jharsuguda, Balangir, Bargarh and Sonepur districts.

An SPCB official said Sambalpur has been considered as model district under the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation’s Global Environment Facility project for managing bio-medical waste generated from hospitals in the region in an environmentally sound manner.

A common biomedical waste management facility should be developed at Sambalpur to provide service to hospitals in five districts of the region, he said and added that though the Collector was asked to provide a patch of land at the earliest, no communication has been received so far.

Maoists eye Sonepur

With security forces intensifying combing operation in Kandhamal district, armed Maoists have reportedly entered Sonepur through Boudh creating panic among the people.

Reports said 40 to 50 armed cadres, including women, visited Jharbahali-Pipalkanta village near Mankadbahal under Chadeipank gram panchayat and held a meeting on Sunday, their second over last two days.

The Maoists inquired about their welfare and problems and asked them to fight for their legitimate rights.

The Maoists reportedly had held two woodcutters captive for more than five hours and questioned them about PRI members and routes to Sambalpur. They also took away SIMs from their mobiles.

It is learnt that they are also fanning out to nearby villages and simultaneously interacting with people before converging at a point.

Reports of Maoists’ movement have also been received from Ranisarda forest near Menda village and meetings are slated to be held here late on Sunday.

As the district provides them gateway to Kandhamal via Boudh besides Sambalpur, Balangir, Nuapada and Kalahandi to down south, the Maoists are believed to have decided on spreading their wings in the district which had remained out of their bounds till now.

Confirmed sources said, the inability of the Maoists to expand their base beyond Sambalpur has forced them to rejig their strategy. And under the new strategy, they made their presence felt in Mayurbhanj before moving to Sonepur.

The Maoists have found Birmaharajpur sub-division with good green cover and deprived of basic amenities, a soft target.

IAP performance in State better with 70% expenditure

The State fared better than other Maoist-affected States as far as the implementation of the Centrally-sponsored Integrated Action Plan is concerned, which is now in operation in 18 of the 30 districts, according to sources.

The sources said the total expenditure in the implementation of the IAP has been in the order of 70 per cent of the released funds for various projects. This was revealed at a review meeting following the recent video conferencing by Union Home Minister P Chidambaram on the implementation of the scheme.

The sources said IAP was implemented in 15 backward and Maoist-affected districts and, since December last year, the Union Home Ministry had extended the project to three more districts- Nayagarh, Jajpur and Ganjam on demand by the State Government. The other districts in which the IAP is in operation are- Balangir, Deogarh, Gajapati, Keonjhar, Kalahandi, Kandhamal, Koraput, Malkangiri, Mayurbhanj, Nabarangpur, Nuapada, Rayagada, Sambalpur, Sonepur and Sundargarh.

During the financial years 2010-11 and 2011-12, while the Union Government had provided Rs828 crore with Rs55 crore for each of the 15 districts, the newly added three districts received Rs90 crore at the rate of Rs 30 crore each. Out of the total Rs915 crore, the expenditure was to the tune of 70 per cent in 15 districts and around one per cent in case of the rest three districts, the sources said.

During the two years, various projects like road communication, building, drinking water supply, irrigation and other core sectors were taken up. The State Government had already allotted Rs 934.15 crore, more than the released funds, for the implementation of such projects in the 18 districts, the sources said, adding that 74 % of the projects are drinking water supply schemes, both piped water and tube-well projects.While 90 per cent of the projects were taken up for implementation, 65 per cent of the projects have already been completed, the sources said.

DLF Pramerica aims to tap rural areas in eastern states

In its endeavour to expand beyond northern India and tap rural customer base, the fledgling DLF Pramerica Life Insurance (DPLI), a 74:26 joint venture between DLF and Prudential International Insurance Holdings, a fully owned subsidiary of Prudential Financial, the US-based financial services leader, will now reach out to over 18 lakh households in 250 villages in eastern India, mostly across West Bengal, Orissa and Assam.

The company, which operates through 41 branch offices and 88 branch units across Delhi NCR, Haryana, Punjab, Uttarakhand and partly Gujarat, has recently marked its footprint in Kolkata and is now keen on moving into tier-II, tier-III cities and even deeper.

The company has drawn up elaborate plans to reach out to people in far-flung areas through a programme called ‘Bima Jagrukta Abhiyan,’ which is a month-long insurance awareness campaign that seeks to generate awareness about the need and benefits of life insurance among rural customers.

“Through our initiative of Bima Jagrukta Abhiyan, we aim to reach out to a large number of rural households to educate them about the importance of life insurance and simultaneously also to make our products easily accessible to them,” Pavan Dhamija, MD and CEO of DPLI, said.

“The protection that life insurance offers is extremely important for the financial security and well-being of the family. It is unfortunate that large population of people residing in rural India has little knowledge of or access to life insurance,” he said.

As per the plan, the company will cover 100 villages in 16 districts in Orissa including Cuttack, Jagatsinghapur, Puri, Khordha, Nayagarh, Kandhamal, Balangir, Kalahandi, Naupada, Bargarh, Sambalpur, Boudh, Sonepur, Koraput, Malkangiri and Nabarangpur.

In West Bengal, the company will touch upon 100 villages in the districts of Uttar Dinajpur, Dakshin Dinajpur, Malda, North 24 Parganas, South 24 Parganas, Howrah, West Midnapore, East Midnapore, Burdwan, Bankura, Purulia, Hoogly, Nadia, Mushirdabad and Coochbehar. And in Assam, the programme will cover 50 villages in the 12 districts of Baksa, Nalbari, Barpeta, Chirrang, Bongaigaon, Dhubri, Goalpara, Sontipur, Golaghat, Jorhat, Sibsaga and Tinsukia, he said.

Branded mobile vans will travel through these villages with simple and direct messages. Besides, skits, street plays and interactive games will be used to draw attention of people and encourage them to find out more about life insurance and what it can do for the long-term financial security for themselves and their families. All communication will be kept simple so that the rural population finds it easy to understand and act upon.