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Western Orissa Development Council (WODC) is in a mess: Congress

Following report is from ET:

BHUBANESWAR: The opposition Congress on Tuesday flayed the ruling Biju Janata Dal government of converting the Western Orissa Development Council (WODC) to a rehabilitation centre for its failed leaders demanded immediate reorganisation of the body by taking dynamic people with expertise on development.

Raising the issue in the Zero Hour, Congress MLA from Kantabanjhi, Santosh Singh Saluja on Tuesday said in the House tht the Naveen Patnaik government had been imposing BJD leaders who lost in both Assembly and Lok Sabha polls in the WODC.

“All those, who were defeated in the last elections, have been rehabilitated as expert members. These members are trying to project them as more powerful persons than the elected Members of the Legislative Assembly (MLAs) and Member of Parliaments (MPs) and behaving in authoritarian manner,” Mr Saluja lamented.

Criticizing the state government’s negligence in ensuring complete autonomy and delay in setting up of WODC headquarters, Congress legislator Naba Kishore Das said that the government’s stand on this sensitive issue was very “shocking” and “shameful.”

“WODC was formed with an objective to address the regional imbalances and bring socio-economic development to the people living in western Orissa districts. It seems that the objective has been defeated by one other the ruling BJD which always tried to make it a subservient body and a centre of rehabilitation of its rejected leaders,” Mr Das observed.

Another Congress legislator Nihar Ranjan Mohananda said the WODC which was formed to carry out smooth and sustainable development of local people by formulating and executing its own development policies and programmes, was in moribund state due to the lackadaisical approach of the state government.

The Congress members urged Speaker Pradip Kumar Amat to direct the government to immediately remove the political members from the WODC appointed as ‘so-called’ expert members and accept the recommendations of the local MLAs and MPs for execution of various development projects.

They also demanded to fill up the post of WODC chairman which is lying vacant since August 1 and shift the headquarters of the organization from Bhubaneswar to a unanimously agreed place in western Orissa.

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August 23, 2011 at 4:17 pm Leave a comment

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

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 

August 11, 2011 at 8:24 am 9 comments

Chief Minister reviews progress of Western Odisha Development Council (WODC) projects

Following report is from the Pioneer:

Reviewing the progress of different projects undertaken by the Western Odisha Development Council (WODC) and the Integrated Projects for the Tribal and Backward districts, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Saturday discussed with the concerned District Collectors through video conferencing.

The Chief Minister has directed the Collectors to utilise the funds by June.

The Chief Minister also directed the Collectors to review the progress every week and to upload the information along with the images by 10 of every month.

Each year, the State Government provides `100 crore to the WODC while it has provided `683 crore to the latter so far.

Chief Secretary Bijay Kumar Patnaik, Development Commissioner,Principal Secretary of Home and Secretary of Planning and Coordination were also present.

June 15, 2011 at 1:28 pm Leave a comment

Poor performance of Western Odisha Development Council (WODC)

Following news is from The Pioneer:

Since its inception, the Western Odisha Development Council (WODC) has been sanctioned `683 crore. However, the WODC has released `545 crore to the executing agencies of various projects.

Utilisation of funds by the WODC was up to `383 crore while the Utilisation Certificate received by the Department of Planning & Coordination is in respect of `343 crore. So, the overall performance of the WODC is poor despite it being provided funds for development of the State’s western parts.

No wonder, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik lost his cool at a review meeting on the WODC’s functioning at the State Secretariat here on Friday. Development Commissioner RN Senapati, Special Secretary CTM Suguna and other officials of the Planning & Coordination Department were present. Principal Secretary to Chief Minister, Aditya Prasad Padhi, took note of the presentation on the WODC.

On an average, the WODC is being given `100 crore for developmental programmes by the State Government whereas the spending rate is at the lowest ebb, pointed out Suguna.

The Chief Minister asked the WODC authorities to prepare an Advance Action Plan of `150-crore at the beginning of the year so that it could plan expenditure of `100 crore.

It also came out to fore that frequent changes in the projects by the MLAs and members of the WODC is another cause of low spending. Secondly, in the districts where Collectors are taking interest, the spending is on a higher side. Thirdly, due to lack of coordination between the executing agencies, the spending rate is affected.

It was decided to review the spending of the WODC on a monthly basis by the Development Commissioner. The concerned Revenue Divisional Commissioners (RDCs) would be taking up quarterly reviews of the progress of the projects, said sources.

June 15, 2011 at 1:25 pm Leave a comment

The educated CM of Orissa and his apathy towards health services of tribal districts

Earlier it was reported that Orissa would establish govt. medical college at Balangir. Now, the health minister says the medical college at Balangir will be established in PPP mode. Looks like the CM is confused and he does not really understand the pathetic situation of health service in KBK. Just to remind you that the CM and health ministers were silent onlookers when cholera was spreading in KBK and many lives were lost. The CM should be held responsible for the miserable health and education services in the tribal dominated Kalahandi Balangir Koraput region.

See the following report from The Samaja:

December 11, 2010 at 11:21 am Leave a comment

Western Orissa Development Council (WODC) sponsored medical colleges still a distant dream

Following report is from the Samaj:

August 30, 2010 at 7:04 pm Leave a comment

Orissa chief minister Naveen Patnaik seeks Rs 4500 cr from centre for KBK region

So far this region has received many grants from the state and the central government. However, still KBK is the most backward region in the country. Once again Mr. Patnaik has asked for a huge grant from the centre. Let us hope Orissa will get the grant. We also wish Naveen Babu will bring some drastic changes in his policy; so that these projects are implemented successfully.

Following report is from http://economictimes.indiatimes.com:

Orissa chief minister Naveen Patnaik on Saturday sought a grant of Rs 4,550 crore for the proposed 8-Year Perspective Plan to expedite development process in the backward KBK (Koraput-Bolangir-Kalahandi) districts.

Participating in the 55th Meeting of National Development Council (NDC) deliberations at New Delhi, Mr Patnaik raised the issue of backwardness of the KBK region and said early release of funds would help the state government carry forward the development and welfare measures launched for the districts.

The chief minister made it clear that Orissa had been striving hard to achieve sustainable and inclusive higher economic growth, accelerate overall development and a faster rate of poverty reduction. He claimed that the state government was quite hopeful to attain these objectives based on the impressive and steady growth in the economy.

“The state economy has grown at an average annual rate of 9.51% during the 10th Plan and at 8.73% per annum in the first three years of the 11th Plan, at a faster rate than the national average, despite challenges posed by the global economic slow-down. Such a positive trend has helped the state make higher plan outlays over the years and give emphasis on developing productive infrastructure including roads and irrigation,” Mr Patnaik said.

The chief minister said the union government should address expeditiously some other pressing issues such as funding for various initiatives under the Right to Education Act and sharing of funds between the Centre and states in ratio of 90:10 in view of low resource base and other development needs of states.

Mr Patnaik also focused on the need to roll out more centrally funded schemes to address the issues of urban poverty, livelihood, health, housing and infrastructure, immediate attention to address the issues of abnormal delays in allocation of coal blocks / coal linkage and environmental and forest clearances for new power projects.

July 26, 2010 at 4:11 pm 1 comment

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