Why KBK (Kalahandi Balangir Koraput) region should be made a Union Territory

August 11, 2011 at 8:24 am 9 comments

Following discussions happened in orissatoday@googlegroups.com, westernodisha@googlegroups.com and other e-groups

Dear All,

The Odisha Government had  appealed to the Centre for sanctioning a Special package of Rs.4500 Crores for the development Projects in undivided KBK Districts,  by far the most backward region of the Country. As was expected, the Centre  ignored   Odisha’s appeal.

Whereas Mamata Bannejee had  recently submitted a request for sanctioning special assistance of Rs.21,600 Crores  to Bengal, to bail out the State  from financial crisis and the Centre ( courtesy Pranab Mukherjee ) promptly sanctioned the same.

Please read the details from the appended Article published in the Pioneer, dated the 8th August’11.

 Such step motherly attitude of the UPA Government at the Centre is not only shocking but also condemnable. Such discriminatory treatment towards Odisha clearly reflects that the present Government in Delhi does not consider Odisha as a part of the Nation and it has to fend for itself. If that is so, then why should State supply Coal andIronOre to other States  with a paltry sum of Royalty ??  Let the State be allowed to  charge the International Market Price to all Consumers outside the State and  to those Consumers ( in Odisha )  supplying  Power to other States. Let the State control all Mines and Minerals of the State  and generate resources to  meet State’s financial needs.

 This is a serious matter and all Intellectuals of the State should  react to UPA’s ( more appropriately  the Congress Party’s ) step motherly attitude towards Odisha.

WB gets Rs 21,614 cr Central package, Odisha plea for Rs 4,500 cr ignored

August 08, 2011 1:10:18 AM, PNS | Bhubaneswar

The Centre has granted a package of Rs 21,614 crore to West Bengal, which included Rs 9,240 crore in grant in aid, to tide over its acute financial crisis. “We have received a fax message which says that the Centre has given us an allowance, not a package, of Rs 21,614 crore,” West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee told reporters in Kolkata.

Mamata could manage to get the Central assistance barely some months after assuming office at the Writers Building. On the other hand, Odisha’s 11 year old BJD Government headed by Naveen Patnaik, however, have spent all its energies in persuading the Planning Commission as well as the Centre to release a special package worth only Rs 4,500 crore for Special Plan for backward Kalahandi Bolangir Koraput(KBK) region.

For last three years Odisha Government is asking the Union Government to provide the much needed grant of Rs 4,500 crore for KBK region, which is the poorest zone of the country. Chief Minister Patnaik has written half a dozen letters to Prime Minister and Deputy Chairman of the Planning Commission urging them for the support.

Minister Planning and Coordination A U Singh Deo has approached Montek Singh Ahluwalia several times in this regard. And BJD MP from Balangir Kalikesh Narayan Singh Deo has also met the Members of Planning Commission to impress them for the support time and again. But nothing has happened so far. How and why West Bengal got the assistance and not Odisha. The statement issued by Banerjee explains how the Trinamool Congress led Government could get the assistance Mamata said, “Though I am not fully satisfied, I congratulate the Prime Minister and the Union Finance Minister. I know they will have to follow rules.

Congress leader Pranab Mukherjee from West Bengal came to the rescue of the State Government. It is not that Pranab Mukherjee helped Mamata as his party is in coalition with the Congress. The Union Minister Finance had arranged special funds for West Bengal when left front was in power also. Contrary to Pranab’s inclination towards Bengal, a senior Congress leader from Odisha urged the Prime Minister not to grant funds under Special KBK Plan to the State as the BJD Government misutilises public money.

Jibanendra Mahanty 
E-mail: jnm22@hotmail.com
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Centre should nt grant money to this useless GOVt, see the past record, KBK money always remain un utilised by Odisha, once vajpayee sanctioned 1500 crore, the useless buggers at the helm of the affair could spend only some 361 crores, rest were returned…Odia  politicians and officers cant improve odisha, there no will…even the attitude of voters also not progressive…In spite of political stability and absence of opposition for last 12 years,what is the big thing the state has achieved??Only in papers we have recvd FDI…not a single project is absolutely through…people have been made lazy with 2 rupees rice, u wont get workers in villages now ,they dont want to work 30 days…well centre ‘s attitude is always like that …right from British India days…soila puara bhaga nahin…dpm

 Durga Misra
Email: durga_misra@sify.com

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Problem with Nabin is that he himself has failed to dictate terms when he was in a similar position as that of Mamta is to day. The crocodile was holding the key portfolios of both Steel as well as Mines minister but he totally failed to do justice to rectify anti people mining policy but now sheds tears that center is not listening to him. The failed coward now blames others.

We talk of special packages, but if we look at the records of utilisation of funds, we find a sorry state of affairs. When the already allocated funds are not utilized, with what face Nabina can dare to ask for special package? KBK is in dire state, situation has not improved despite spending crores of rupees, CBI inquiry is already on in the huge NREGA corruption worth over Rs. 550 Crore, Corruption in almost all the developmental works is the Mantra to govern the state, and if the special package even if it comes by the grace of Lord Jagganath ( even thy land is also sold by greedy Nabina to eagle eyed Anil Agarwal of Vedanta).

I agree with Durga Prasad Mishra ji and would like to add that we can not expect to bring in a change for the better till this bugger is in charge of the state. He will sell each and every inch of land of the farmers and tribals before flee back to USA from where he has come. Puppet in the hand of Pyari can not do any good to the people of the state.

Pravin Patel 
Email: tribalwelfare@gmail.com

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Friends,

-Just asking grant from the center is not enough. The Odisha govt. must give details of the previous expenditure on KBK.

-Despite so many central grants why the KBK is in a sorry state? It is because the state govt. has failed to implement the grants and mismanaged the money.

-Many of the central grants are returning to the centre as the Odisha govt. is unable to spend the money.

In this situation, the KBK area should be declared as a union territory. There is no pointing in asking packages after packages and swallowing all the money meant for poor people.

Best regards,

Sanjib
E-mail: sanjibkarmee@gmail.com

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Dear all,

Why it is a surprise that Center did not agree to spend any more money for KBK ? Orissa has been getting money for KBK but it has nothing to show. Often some money has been spent haphazardly or money has been directed somewhere else or the money was sent back unused or may be it vanished into deep pockets of somebody. It has become a popular thing to do in Orissa to beg on bended knee from the center and when the center does not give any money for nonproductive purpose, Orissans cry
foul.Does KBK deserve to be given money ? Of course it does but not the way money is asked for nor the way it used or abused. The typical way has been: Let us ask for some money, and if and when money is obtained , then we will think of some projects ! So when money is obtained, lousy projects are undertaken in a hurried way by lousy
administrators in a short time wth any time left over after thinking about the projects . In addition, when even specifically some projects are assigned by the center for KBK, they are whisked away to some where else. Only recently Mamata, when she was Railway ministe,announced that Kalahandi would be location of wagon factory, but it
was whisked away somewhere else ! So it seems KBK all along has been used for getting resources from the center, but when resources are obtained, nothing is really done for Kalahandi. The situation is similar to what happens to beggars in big cities in India. There are Mafia organisations who control begging trade. Deformed beggars are recruited by these Mafia groups     and are placed in touristy places where thse beggars get money from compassionate folks. But at the end of the day, Mafia bosses collect the money leaving a small portions for the beggars. So Orissa government has been acting as dalal for Kalahandi and the center is not willing to be conned into such
schemes.

Kalahandi is simply not on the radar of Orissa government, which simply sheds crocodile tears. It is not that Orissa does not know how to launch good program where it focusses its mind on it. Just click this link to see the news of programmed up grading of Cuttack and viccinity as reported in Sambad today. But then KBK is no where near BBSR, where people  think that folks in KBK are just pseudo citizens
of Orissa !

http://www.orissasambad.com/news_article.php?id=60635

I think, KBK desreves to be given urgent priority for upgrading by the center as well as the state but the developmental work should be undertaken directly by the central government in a planned and determined way.The central government has a good record in doing developmental works in Union territories.Just look at all the centrally administered territories ! If they could do it in Andaman and Nicober, they certainly can do it in KBK. If the Orissa government can not do the job, it should admit it, and ask the center to take over the implementaion of projects. If Chidambaram was asked to tackle the Naxal problem by requesting  armed forces because Orissa government could not control the problem, he could be asked for transforming KBK in to a viable place. It will be good for KBK as well as good for Orissa. And certainly it will be a better model to counteract the Naxal menace.

Arjun Purohit
Email: apurohit1934@gmail.com

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If we need real development of KBK, it should be declared as Union territory , SEZ must be created for  electronics/ software industriespharma industries  ,  where water consumption and pollution is ZERO, Look at BADDI in HP, 700 pharma companies came up and change the living condition of people and the same thing haapened with Uttarakhand. Before declaration of SEZ the conditions of these people were much better than that of ORISSA …yet the steps taken by GOVT really changed the fate of people,,
As Mr Purohit says that KBK is used to get money from centre and for looting only…is right…politicians including KBK politicians,who are bunch of useless jokers and have no sympathy for the people who voted  them and never raise their voice for the people including Bhakta,who has hardly done anything for the poor…all r enjoying power and the people of KBK are so docile and spineless that they hardly raise their voice…against the injustice done to them by their voted KBK leaders…This is the irony…

Health wise so poor that they cant go fora bloddy revolution!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

Durga Misra
Email: durga_misra@sify.com

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There are lessons to be learnt fromSikkimtoo. A series of dams to be constructed for hydro power generations were scrapped by the strong protests of the people. Here Nabin has gone mad to acquire land even at the cost of grossly misusing the police force for POSCO.

NowSikkimhas almost all the big pharmacy companies having established medicine manufacturing plants with huge investment since there is zero pollution and suitable climatic conditions.

Here in KBK also there is near zero pollution in the areas where there are no Vedanta type culprits. State actors should avoid polluting industries in KBK and other areas too by devising special packages for zero polluting industries and invite them to make investments that will be good for the people as well as earn revenue for the state unlike the eagle eyed looters of mineral wealth who have no love for the poor people of the area. Ask for a special incentive like that of exemption from payment of income tax and other sops that too for a limited period. Only problem for the gangsters in power is that they may not get any kick back the way they are believed to be paid by the mineral looters who ink MoUs for getting iron ore or bauxite etc.

Pravin Patel 
Email: tribalwelfare@gmail.com

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This is what Orissa govt. is doing towards western Orissa, KBK and tribal belt:http://wp.me/pFC4h-Xv

Best regards,

Sanjib
Email: sanjibkarmee@gmail.com 
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9 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Brajanarayan Mohapatra  |  August 11, 2011 at 9:48 am

    Politics from mean people is spoiling the discussions here. There is only opposition to Naveen Patnaik and Pyari Mohapatra, who are trying their best to develop Odisha in all possible ways. People, who talk don’t contribute anything. It is as clear as daylight that Centre is anti-Odisha just because there is BJD in Odisha. People should unite against the centre and force them to grant sufficient funds for KBK and rest of Odisha. Cann’t a sane person understand how WB, AP, Maharastra now and Bihar & Tamilnadu before were getting lion’s share from Centre? People are well aware and thatswhy they have brought back Naveen. People, who have vested interest in politics will talk otherwise but they can’t befool all the people all the times. About making KBK, an Union Territory, its a good proposal and needs much deeper and wider discussions at different levels.

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  • 2. Sankara Narayanan  |  August 11, 2011 at 11:42 am

    ‘There is only opposition to Naveen Patnaik and Pyari Mohapatra, who are trying their best to develop Odisha in all possible ways’. A nice joke.

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    • 3. Brajanarayan Mohapatra  |  August 11, 2011 at 12:31 pm

      That it is a joke is your personal view, my dear. But the fact is Its not a joke; it is THE FACT, THE HARD TRUTH. Odisha has developed much faster during Naveen’s time, compared to any other previous CM’s era. Sorry for my difference of opinion from that of yours.

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      • 4. Tushar Panda  |  August 11, 2011 at 1:36 pm

        Mr B.Mohapatra , it is well said that love is blind. and u r blind in the love with BJD govt……sir open ur eyes., the development what u r saying is just a merry business game, what Nabin has done with the people of orissa mainly KOSHAL. he is fortunate enough for, not to have a strong opposition in orissa, he has acquire a lot of name & money by industrialization in KOSHAL, here we r suffering for his misdeeds. Jharsuguda has now.become 1 of the most corrupt city of orissa. who is responsible for it. it has just become a place to move out of it. Any how i manage to get transferred from jharsuguda. Nabin is planning a dam project in Shindol, Ask him weather he has cleared the case of Hirakud dam compensation program.

  • 5. Ranjan  |  August 11, 2011 at 3:14 pm

    Nabeen and Pyari looting KBK.

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  • 6. Brajanarayan Mohapatra  |  August 11, 2011 at 11:47 pm

    Dear Tusarbabu,
    Thanks for your comment.Agreed love is blind; hatred is also equally blind.I am sorry to tell you that I have seen probably much of politics in Odisha from 1960s and have followed them closely,impassionately and without a pie of benefit because I am a Pediatrician serving outside India and none of my family member is in politics.I have seen the corruptions,goondaraj and maladministration of the past. Except for few years of chief-ministership of Late R.N.Singhdeo,none of the Chief Minister are comparable to the present CM.I can’t agree atall that Nabeen and Pyari have looted Odisha.This is a political miscampaign for politcal advantage. Odisha is fortunate to have a CM like Naveenjee and an intelligent but strict administrator like Pyaribabu, whose record as an IAS was flawless. I can’t have any other opinion even if there will be hundreds opposing my view.My opinion is an honest and tested opinion and true to every inch.The younger generation must know the political histail before adversely criticising this CM and his deputies.However,you and other friends, who harbour different opinions are free to express it and I will request all not to stop development of Odisha and bring some rogue politicians to rule over Odisha to restart the goondaraj of eighties in our peaceful land.

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  • 7. Ranjan  |  August 12, 2011 at 8:10 am

    Naveen is selling all the mines. Putting the tribal behind jail. There is no development in KBK and western Orissa.

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  • 8. narendra kumar mohanty  |  August 12, 2011 at 8:56 am

    Sir,
    It is bad luck of orissa that maximum time opposition party rules our state contrary to the ruling party in centre.Previously Orissa neighbouring states Bihar/West Bengal /Chhatishgarh extract more share from centre than Orissa.The Cyclone /flood effects more in Orissa but unable to draw the reasonable share what Andhra Pradesh able to do.I think, the representative of other states are more stronger/able/capable than ours in central governent /central opposition parties.Further,MPLad funds returned without incurred expenditure is another factor.Now, the way of claiming is beyond terms and condition what Mamata Banarjee does always.If we strongly ban to withdraw mineral ores strongly then centre will bound to listen us.Not with a request ,time has come to demand the legal share as a state being the democracy.
    yours,
    narendra

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  • 9. Subhasis Meher  |  January 12, 2012 at 10:48 am

    Hi ,

    I am a people from KBK, since childhood i have never seen a single development thing in my region and whenever i am looking in to news paper i only see bad thing written abut kbk like murder,docait,starvation,poverty,childdeath..etc nothing abut our rich culture and heritage.and all the limelight is shown off by costal orissa in every aspect what ever may be the reason..why these things is happening .as per my knowledge we are living in a democracy and in democracy all the region should given equal importance why that IIT is building in bbsr why not in kbk.i am not pointing to only one thing so many different aspect i have seen that how our netas from kbk are building the cultral blocs of costal orissa.with full dedicted mind or sleeping in assembly like donkies that whatever may be happening in their regions they dont know .thats why these costal netas are exploiting our natural resources and using them for their own.thats why kbk should be made union teritories so that it should directly contact to the central govt.

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