Archive for October, 2009
Poverty and penury followed Kushadhwaja Majhi (38), the landless tribal of village Tarbod in Komna block, like a shadow forcing him to commit suicide. He committed suicide late on the night of October 25 by hanging himself from the roof.
Such was the necessity for money that Majhi, father of four sons, forced his wife to undergo tubectomy so that the money from the operation could be utilised to open an account to facilitate transfer of funds allotted to him for a house under Indira Awas Yojana (IAY).
But the money reached late. His widow, Jeema, was handed over Rs 600 on October 28 besides Rs 10,000 under the National Family Benefit Scheme on Monday. His sons aged between ten and three months.
His precarious financial condition became more evident when the NREGS job card issued to him revealed that he had got employment for 12 and 15 days each in 2006. While he had worked under the scheme from March 22, 2006 to April 3, 2006 and again from May 11, 2006 to May 25, 2006, the job card reflects no entries after the period. However, being a BPL card holder, he has been receiving 25 kg of Rs 2 kg rice which would have been just sufficient to keep the family of six alive.
However, unlike in other districts, the district administration has been quick in rushing aid with the District Collector Bishnu Prasad Panda assuring to sanction Widow Pension immediately and directing to shift his two sons Janmajaya (10), Ghanashyam (8) studying in Class 6 and 5 respectively to nearby Jatagarh Sevashram School while the third boy would be enrolled in the local anganwadi centre.
However, Komna BDO Bisawa Ranjan Nayak, who had attributed the death to poverty and penury informed that Majhi never applied for employment under NREGS in 2007-08 and 2008-09. But district Congress committee president Bhanu Prakash Joshi denied the claim and said though he had applied for work, no work was provided to him. He had taken three acres on lease from Amar Pradhan of the village to cultivate paddy but with crop failing, he was under severe pressure as how to repay the promised paddy against the land.
World Bank grant for various road viz. Bhawanipatna-Kahariar, Sambalpur-Rourkela and others may return
Following report is from The Samaja:
Following ad is taken from The Samaja:
- This subject is also reported in The Pioneer: State demands another Sainik School
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has given proposal to the Union Defence Minister of State M.M.Palam Raju for establishment of second Sainik School at Bargarh.
The Chief Minister has given this proposal to the Union Minister while he came to Naveen Niwas in Courtesy Visit on Friday. The Chief Minister expressed that earlier the proposal has been submitted. The Union Minister of State has assured to look to the matter personally. Further The Chief Minister requested the Union Minister of State for appointment of more Tribal youths in the defense services.
- This is a very good step by the CM of Odisha. I hope he will put similar efforts for establishing centrally funded Schools, Industrially relevant technical Institutes, Medical Institutes, Central University, and IIM in western part of the state. These kinds of institutes are urgently needed in western Odisha for the uniform development of human resource and health care facilities.
Following is a report from Dharitri:
Following is the report from the Samaja:
As the debate over the Vedanta Alumina Limited (VAL) is hotting up in Kalahandi district, the locals are now questioning political leaders about their pre-electoral commitment.
On October 15, Bhakta Das had proposed a package containing 35 points for mining at Niyamgiri hill. If VAL did not consider the package it should go for other alternatives at Sirjimali and Somamali for mining bauxite, he had said in the meeting.
On Tuesday, the second round of debate concluded at Town Hall taking the public opinion into account. However, Bhakta did not clarify his political stand at the meeting. But he was successful in clarifying to the people regarding the proposed package in his one hour speech.
Bhakta asserted that VAL has not yet replied over the peoples demand adding that the officials have not even given any further statement to media regarding the proposed package. He also said that another meeting will be held between December 20 and 30 after Parliament session is over and people would decide whether the industry will continue or not with the acceptance or denial of the proposed package.
He maintained that he would continue his agitation in non-violent ways. He said all the decisions were made in favour of the VAL by the CEC and Supreme Court. “So there is no alternative lying with us unless people join the mass movement. Public decision will be more powerful regarding the establishment of industry,’ he added.
Among others, Junagarh MLA Goberdhan Das, Lanjigarh MLA Shibaji Majhi, Green Kalahandi convenor Sidhartha Nayak, CPI(M) president Naba Kishore Pattnaik, CPI general secretary Dama Behera, Niyamgiri Surakhya Samiti president Kumti Majhi were present.