Archive for November, 2009

Orissa govt to strengthen the existing medical system

Following is a report from the

The State Government is contemplating to amend the Orissa Clinical Establishment (Control and Regulation) Act, 1990, in view of the increasing number of private hospitals, clinics and nursing homes in a bid to strengthen the existing medical system.

Sources said that review of the Act and rules has already started and these will be amended, if necessary. The number of such clinical establishments in 2008-09 was 1,020 and it has increased to 1,089 by April, 2009. Presently, all these establishments are guided by the provisions of the Act.

The criteria for granting licences to the private hospitals, clinics and nursing homes are likely to become more stringent. The prevailing Act does not specify any fee structure to be charged from patients by the private clinical establishments.

But there is instruction in the registration and renewal certificate of the registration that the fees to be charged for various medical treatments, laboratory tests, X-ray and use of other equipment should be displayed on the premises for information of public and satisfaction of the supervising authority.

However, sources maintained that there is no proposal to enact any law prescribing fee structure to be charged from the patients by the private clinical establishments.

There are 161 private hospitals, 357 nursing homes, 249 diagnostic centres and 322 pathology centres in the State. Of these, the highest number of 27 private hospitals are in Cuttack followed by 24 in Bhubaneswar. Subarnapur, Nayagarh, Malkangiri and Boudh do not have any private hospitals.

The highest number of 73 nursing homes are in Cuttack followed by 46 in Bhubaneswar. Berhampur town has 32 nursing homes. Nuapada and Malkangiri have no nursing homes while Kalahandi has five.

Cuttack has 51 diagnostic centres, followed by 24 in Bhubaneswar.Surprisingly, Kalahandi district has 22 diagnostic centres, according to the Health and Family Welfare Department.Nabarangpur, Kandhamal and Boudh districts have no diagnostic centres.


November 30, 2009 at 4:37 pm Leave a comment

Maharaja Jitamitra Prasad Singhdeo and his research contributions

Following write-up is taken from navaratna news:

  • Profile of Maharaja Jitamitra Prasad Singhdeo
1. Name Jitamitra Prasad Singh Deo  
2. Father’s Name     : Raja Anup Singh Deo  
Mother’s Name     : Rani Shoubhagya Manjari Devi  
3. Date of Birth         : 29th August 1946  
4. Permanent Address        : Palace Khariar  P.O. Khariar – 766 107 Dist. Nuapada  Orissa, India  
5. Achievements through Discoveries: (i)Discovered “Pre-historic Rock Art of Yogimath Donger,” on 21st Dec. 1970.(ii) Discovered “Pre-historic Rock Art of Ghat Ghumar,” on 13th March 1980.(iii)First person to draw the attention of Govts. of Orissa & India, including scholars to the Archacological importance of Maraguda Valley in Nuapada district, Orissa.

(iv) Discovered the Sarabhapuriya Copper Plates set of Mahajayaraja (Vide : Indian Museum Bulletin, Vol. XI, No.1, January 1976). Discovered many Antiquities, Terra-cottas and Palm leave manuscripts of Western Orissa. His extensive Collections are Archaeological remains have been displayed in KHARIAR BRANCH MESEUM, a Museum specially constructed for this purpose and opened on21st October 1976, by Govt. of Orissa. Now functioning at District Head Quarter Nuapada.

(v)Discovered many Archaeological antiquities in Kalahandi district and was instrumental in establishing ‘MANIKYAPUR MUSEUM,” at Bhawanipatna, the district headquarter of Kalahandi district in 1994.

(vi)Antiquities of archaeological interest like Beads, Terra-cottas, STONE BULLA, name plate inscription, archivical three volume Records of Appeal to Privy Council, record by Khariar Raja Brajaraj Singh Deo and four Gold coins of Sarabhapuriya dynasty, belonging to Sri Prasannamatra were presented to start. “ Dr. NABIN KUMAR SAHU” museum; of the History Dept. of Sambalpur University, during its formation early period, where they are exhibited at presented.

Presented one Gold coin of Sri Prasannamatra who belonged to Sarabhapuriya dynasties with other antiquities to Orissa State Museum, Bhubaneswar, where they are presented in coin cabinet and other Galleries

6. List of Published Books: J.P. Singh Deo is author of Critical Research papers on Archaeology, History, Yoga, Culture and their synthesis. His Eleven (11) Books are already published and five more Books are under various stages of publications. He is author of in-numerable Research papers, which are published in Journals, Bulletins, Magazines, Souvenirs, Weeklies and papers.  

Some of his books are :

  • Cultural Profile of South Kosala,Gyan Publishing Houes, New Delhi, 1987, This book is included as a reference Course Book of History of Orissa, in course of P.G. Dept. of History, Sambalpur University.
  • Origin of Jagannath Deity, Gyan publishing House, New Delhi, 1st edition 1991 and second edition 2003
  • Tantric art of Orissa, Kalpaz publications, Delhi, 2001
  • Character Assacination in Modern History of Orissa, R.N. Bhattacharya Publication, Kolkata, 2001
  • Some Tantric Esotericism of Orissa, R.N. Bhattacharya publication, Kolkata, 2001
  • Role – of Raja Rajendra Narayan Bhanja Deo of Kanika (Orissa), R.N. Bhattacharya Publication, Kolkata, 2003
  • Tantric Hedonism of Mahanadi Valley (Uddiyana Pitha), D.K. Print World (P.) Ltd. New Delhi, 2004
  • Archaeology of Orissa : With Special Reference to Nuapada and Kalahandi, R.N. Bhattacharya Publication, Kolkata, 2006.
  • Evenful Life of an Orissa Province Maker (Diaries of Raja Sir Rajendra Narayan Bhanja Deo of Kanika (1908 to 1922 A.D.), R.N. Bhattacharya Publication, Kolkata, 2006
  • Socio-Cultural History of Orissa : A case study of Khariar Estate,Punthi Pustak, Kolkata, 2006

November 30, 2009 at 3:19 pm 2 comments

Odisha govt. has provided Rs 510 crore under Biju KBK Yojana and WODC

Following is a report from

The State Government has provided Rs 510 crore under the Biju KBK Yojana (BKY) and to the Western Orissa Development Council (WODC) since 2005-06.

Out of this, Rs 260 crore has been provided under the BKY while Rs 250 crore was allocated for the WODC. However, funds from BKY were not distributed equally among all the districts.

While the lowest allocation of Rs 17 crore has gone to the Nuapada district during the last three years, the highest provision of Rs 45 crore each was made for Koraput and Balangir districts.

Official sources, however, dismissed this discrepancy saying that the size of the district and projects approved by the district planning committees are taken into account while finalising the allocations.

Provisions for other districts under BKY include: Malkangiri-Rs 23 crore, Nabarangpur-Rs 32.5 crore, Rayagada-Rs 35.5 crore, Subarnapur-Rs 20 crore and Kalahandi-Rs 42 crore.

The State Government has made a provision of Rs 28.5 crore for two similar programmes, the Biju Kandhamal and Biju Gajapati Yojanas in the supplementary budgets. The allocation for the WODC has, however, increased over the years. While it was Rs 50 crore in 2006-07, this has increased to Rs 100 crore in 2008-09.

November 30, 2009 at 2:42 pm Leave a comment

Dhanu Yatra 2009 news:Gopapur (Ambapali) demand more grant

Following report is from

November 30, 2009 at 12:58 pm Leave a comment

Historical geography of South Koshal

“Cultural profile of south Kōśala” by Jitāmitra Prasāda Simhadeba.

November 30, 2009 at 11:50 am Leave a comment

Gemstones estimated Rs 20,000 crore is smuggled from Koshal region of Orissa

Following is a report from The Samaja:

November 30, 2009 at 11:25 am 1 comment

Memorandum for establishing ESIC medical college & hospital in Rourkela


Her Excellency

President of India

Rashtrapati Bhawan , New Delhi

Her Excellency ,

We the undersigned draw your kind attention to the fact that Employees State Insurance Corporation under the Government of India, Ministry of  Labour has taken a decision in principle to establish 12 ESI Super Specialty Hospital & Medical colleges in different states of India. Incidentally Odisha which is a backward state particularly in health sector has got one for which entire funding will be made by ESI Corporation . The said fund is the accumulation of surplus and unutilized money of Insured Persons (IPs) working in different industries and establishments in the country.   It is therefore necessary that such medical College and Hospital ought to be established in such a place where  more  number of IPs and poor working class people of unorganized sector are living & to facilitate them for health care .

So far Odisha is concerned , there are about 2.70 lakhs of IPs in the state and more are in the line to be added. Out of the said figure of IPs more than 65% are from tribal dominated area of Sundargarh , Jharsuguda , Keonjhar and Part of Sambalpur district where more than 50% of total population are tribal  of which Rourkela is the nerve centre . Rourkela is also well connected by Rail and Road communication from different parts of the said districts and our state.

After the decision in this regard was announced , we are representing all concerned and  have already requested & submitted a memorandum to establish the said Hospital and Medical college at Rourkela to different Central and State Government authorities earlier. In the mean time Non Resident Odias living in different part of globe had represented memorandum to different Central and State Government authorities.

Unfortunately a decision is taken to open the said institution at Bhubaneswar, the state Head Quarter  where there are about 10 Medical College ad Hospitals are operating  with many other medical establishments ( About 7 Medical Colleges and Hospitals in and aound ) where only 25% of the IPs of ESIC  are living . We learnt that Your Excellency is invited for the foundation stone laid ceremony on 9th of December at Bhubaneswar for the said purpose.

We sincerely condemn the decision of the concerned authority as Whimsical , partisan and  inappropriate contrary to the justification of the said establishment because this is unjustified and unable to full fill the very cause of interest of IPs of ESI Corporation.

Your Excellency is the head of the Welfare  Democratic Country of India. Your intervention is highly solicited in the said matter . You are requested not to attend the foundation laid  ceremony at Bhubaneswar since  the mass public resentment and agitation against the said decision is going on in the western part of Odisha and also for the greater interest of IPs of ESIC.

Thanking you

Best regards


Prashant K Sahoo

OdiSA Development Team , Members of Odia Samaja & Well Wishers of Odisha

November 30, 2009 at 9:55 am Leave a comment

Dhanu Yatra 2009 news: Bargarh gears up for silver jubilee of Dhanu Yatra

Following news are from The Pioneer:

The Subha Stambha (holy stone) of the famous Dhanu Yatra to be held here from December 21 to 31, will be set up by District Collector Suresh Prasad Padhi on Friday. At a meeting here on Thursday, he said the Government has sanctioned Rs 2.5 lakh for the festival. More than 14 places of the festival would be decorated in organising different cultural activities. He further stressed on making it more attractive than the previous years. Bargarh SP S Tankaspan said watchtowers would be set up for controlling traffic problem during the festival.

Present at the meeting were ADM Bandhu Billore, Sub-Collector Bishnu Prasad Mishra, BDO Prafulla Dafadar, Tehsildar Rajesh Agrawal, Jambobati Dalai, municipal chairman Sureswar Sathpathy, Harekrushna Pujhari, Shyamsundar Adabar, Kishor Mishra, Subash Chandra Mujamdar, Chandra Jal, Sarbeswar Rath, Sushil Mohapatra, Akrura Mallik and media persons.

The silver jubilee of the Dhanu Yatra Mahotsav at Talpali under Gaisilet block in Bargarh district will be celebrated this year. At a preparatory meeting of the Mahotsav Committee held under the chairmanship of its president Prafulla Kumar Sahu, the organisers , including Narada Bariha, decided to make the event more attractive than the previous years. Present at the meeting were vice-president Prasanna Mohanty, secretary Nilakantha Sahu, treasurer Binayak Guru and other committee members

November 29, 2009 at 3:33 pm 5 comments

Hemachandra Acharya: the “Balmiki” of Koshli literature

Following is an old report from The Hindu:

Noted litterateur, translator and scholar Hemachandra Acharya, popularly known as the Balmiki of Koshali literature for his translation of The Ramayana into Koshali, passed away at his residence in Garbhana village of Bargarh district on Wednesday evening.

He was 84 and is survived by his wife, four sons and two daughters.

A people’s poet, his translation of The Ramayana – Ram Raha published by the Sambalpur University in 2001 – made him dearer to the masses in Western Orissa region where people speak Koshali (Sambalpuri) language. Even today, people in villages in the region religiously preserve and recite his translated version. He was also engaged in translation of the Upanishad into Koshali. His other major literary works include several plays and the traditional Keertan Geet. With wonderful command over Sanskrit, Hindi, Bengali, Oriya and Koshali, he was a much revered scholar.

Acharya quit his lucrative job of an additional block development officer to devote himself whole-heartedly towards writing and social service. He was a close associate of the famed thinker and social activist late Kisan Patnaik. His son Pritish Acharya has got into his shoes and has been a renowned columnist and writer today.

For his pioneering service to literature, he was honoured by the Sambalpur University and the Western Orissa Cultural Forum besides scores of literary organisations. A large number of writers, senior citizens, prominent personalities of the region and representatives of various literary and cultural organisations paid their last respect to the doyen whose mortal remains were consigned to flames on Thursday.

Thanks to Pritish Acharya, son of late Hemachandra Acharya for the following information. Pritish Acharya is currently serving as a Reader in History, Regional institute of Education , Bhubaneswar.

  • Literary contributions of  Hemachandra Acharya:

Oriya published:
Maharathi Karna ( Play ) 1955 by Cuttack Trading Company, Ctc
Shabari Sandesh 1975, From balugaon , puri.
Giti Gatha 2008, Orissa book emporium , Ctc.
Oriya unpublished:
Abhishap, (Curse) Play,Written in 1945
Biswash , (Faith ) play, 1954
Pratiksha ( Waiting ), play,1977
Parikshita, 1945,play
Pranaya  Prakash, Epic 1945
Koshli published:
Ramraha , two vols 2001 by Sambalpur Univ
Satar Sati Brundabati, 1992, Samalpuri Prakashani, Bargarh, (Dhanpati mahapatra )
Nuni, 1994
kathani Lekhen Lagsi,1995.
Kathani Satsatani 1992.
Sambalpuri Geet, 2004
Koshli unpublished:
 Muin Male Jai, play, 1990,
Krishna Keli, 1973

November 29, 2009 at 3:18 pm 1 comment

Farmers of Kalahandi faces problem during paddy procurement

Following is a report from The Pioneer:

The erratic paddy procurement at many places in Kalahandi district has caused resentment among the farmers in the current kharif season. While the administration has framed many rules and regulations it has failed to curb the middlemen’s role.

The middlemen are directly sending the procurement to millers after purchasing paddy from the farmers. The RMC and administration had given contract to six millers to lift paddy from a society Mandal Samabaya Samiti in which the farmers of both Mandal and Mingur gram panchayats (GP) were supposed to sell their procurement.

Farmers of 15 villages belonging to these GPs have alleged that till now the millers have not lifted the procurement from the society and even the millers are not helping the society secretary in the matter.

The middlemen lift paddy from the farmers from their house at Rs 630 per 75 kg paddy and not paying the price of 8 kg of paddy in the name of FAQ. While the Government has fixed a minimum support price (MSP) of paddy, the lifting of paddy below MSP has irked the farmers. They have also urged the district administration to quickly intervene in the farmers’ interest. The administration had targeted to procure 3,82,352 MT of paddy from Kalahandi of which, about 2 lakh MT was targeted to be procured during kharif season.

Another report has appeared in The Dharitri: Read the complete report here.

November 29, 2009 at 3:08 pm Leave a comment

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