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Stir over HC bench: 15-day relief for state government offices

The Central Action Committee (CAC) of All Western Odisha Bar Association (AWOBA) at a meeting on Thursday issued a fresh ultimatum to the State Government and resolved to continue the agitation demanding setting up of a High Court bench in the region.

In view of Nuakhai, the agrarian festival of Western Odisha, on September 10 and Ganesh Puja on September 9, the CAC has decided that Government offices including that of Revenue Divisional Commissioner (North) and Collectors besides courts will not be affected by their agitation for 15 days beginning from September.

However, the ongoing relay hunger strike in front of the office of the RDC and similar demonstrations in front of the Collectorates in district headquarters of the region will continue.

Convener of CAC Ashok Das said the AWOBA has issued a fresh ultimatum to the State Government till September 15 for disbanding the CR Pal Commission and recommending to the Union Government for setting up a bench in the region.

He added that if the State Government does not pay heed to their demands, AWOBA would intensify the agitation after September 15. “We will also continue to boycott the Urban Local Body (ULB) polls till the Government takes a decision on our demand,” he added.

Though the Chief Minister had invited CAC members to discuss the issue on August 24, the meeting failed to yield any result and the lawyers continued their agitation.

Six Western Odisha districts to shut down from today

Lawyers in six districts of western Odisha will close down the Government offices and courts during the monsoon session of the State Assembly beginning Tuesday.

Under the aegis of All Western Odisha Bar Association (AWOBA), the agitation is being held to mark their protest against silence of the State Government on establishment of a permanent High Court bench in the region. In fact, the Central Action Committee (CAC) of AWOBA has been spearheading the agitation over the demand.

According to reports received from various districts till Monday evening, Government offices and courts will remain closed in Sambalpur, Deogarh, Sundargarh, Sonepur, Jharsuguda and Bargarh. Meetings in other districts over the issue were continuing till the report was filed. The agitation will conclude on August 28.

Earlier, the CAC had issued an ultimatum to the State Government to recommend to the Union Government on setting up the High Court bench by August 15. With State Government remaining silent on the issue, the CAC decided to go ahead with its agitation plan.

The agitation apart, political parties from almost all the districts of the region have extended their support to bar associations on the issue. At a meeting held here on Saturday, the political parties in Sambalpur district led by their presidents accepted the proposal of the CAC to abstain from the urban local body (ULB) election. The parties in Jharsuguda, Deogarh and Bargarh have also decided to boycott the ULB polls.

Members of Bargarh Bar Association who convened a meeting with political parties on Monday evening, adopted a resolution to boycott the ULB polls. At Deogarh, while BJD leaders were absent, BJP leader Subhas Panigrahi and Congress leader Dharmendra Debta also agreed to boycott the polls.

On the other hand, an all-party meeting convened by the Sundargarh District Bar Association urging political parties to boycott the ULB election was not accepted by the latter who sought more time to consult senior leaders. Local BJD and BJP leaders said they need time to take a decision, while their Congress counterparts said they would accept the decision the two parties take.

Congress hits out at government for delaying HC bench

The Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee (OPCC) has criticised the State Government for the delay in recommending to the Centre for setting up a permanent bench of the High Court in western Odisha districts.

Even though the people of western Odisha are resorting to different types of agitation during the last several years and courts are paralysed every month for three to four days on the issue, the State Government remains a mute spectator, former minister and media cell chairman of the OPCC Narsingh Mishra said. Mishra said the OPCC had submitted a memorandum to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh during his visit to Congress Bhavan here in January, 2012 demanding a permanent bench of the High Court in western Odisha.

The Prime Minister had said let the State Government recommend it to the Centre. The then Union Law Minister V Moily had also assured that the Centre will take steps in this regard after the State Government made a recommendation. The Congress media cell chairman said the people of Sambalpur and Jharsuguda districts have decided to boycott the urban local body (ULB) polls after they found that boycott of courts and ceasework movements did not yield any result.

Mishra said the poll boycott decision taken in Sambalpur and Jharsuguda districts has the support of the local units of all the political parties. He warned that this may spread to other districts also. However, major political parties are yet to announce their stand on the poll boycott.

Parliamentary Affairs Minister Kalpataru Das, a member of the committee constituted by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik to manage the ULB polls, is camping at Jharsuguda for selection of candidates. OPCC president Jaydev Jena also criticised the Government for dilly-dallying the issue and said the Congress cannot go against the demand of the local people.

Boycotting the forthcoming ULB polls

demanding-hc-benchLeaders from all political parties decide to boycott forthcoming Urban Local Bodies elections in Sambalpur by demanding permanent bench of ??Odisha? High Court.

Leaders from several political parties including BJD, Congress and BJP on Saturday decided in a meeting to boycott forthcoming Urban Local Body (ULB) elections. The leaders also supported the ‘Western Odisha bandh’ call given by several bar associations in the district protesting against the delay in setting up of the HC bench.

The lawyers decided to observe the bandh from August 20 to August 28. This was informed by the president of Sambalpur District Bar Association Krushna Chandra Baboo.

NCC treated as an optional subject in colleges

To attract students to join NCC, the government has decided to make it an optional subject at the college-level. On an experimental basis, NCC will be made a subject for college students at Khariar College in Western Odisha this year.

Group commander of the NCC, Sambalpur Col. Vikas Goswami on Wednesday disclosed this information while briefing to the press about the forthcoming events of the NCC. He also informed that steps are on to reflect the performances of the cadets in their board examination mark-sheet where the student is supposed to get grace marks for admission and job purposes.

“NCC is a platform where a cadet gets a platform to boost his/her talent and build up confidence which definitely helps in their future. But unfortunately in Odisha, NCC has not been so popular due to various reasons. Hence, the government has decided to make it an optional subject in college level in order to attract college students to join NCC”, Col Goswami said.

Goswami has informed that work for setting up a new naval unit at Bhawanipatna and an Air force unit at Jharsuguda has almost reached its final stage and these units will become functional shortly.

“Students of western part of the state will be benefited once the two units start functioning”, Goswami said. According to him, a senior cadet of Sambalpur commandant Rabindra Singh has stood second in the Thal sainik camp presently going on in New Delhi and he is likely to receive the silver medal in the Obstacle race. “This is a great achievement for the state” , Goswami said.

He informed that in order to make cadets of the NCC ready for the National level competition, the group commandant is providing all round activities and training to the cadets. “We have hired experts to provide training for crafts, arts, dance and music of local culture and tradition to the cadets in order to make them fit for the competition at national level”, Goswami said.