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Why Orissa as a state can’t develop?; A report from merinews

Following report is taken from merinews:

The Government of India’s National Sample Survey Organization (NSSO) in a report has released the well-being index of India. The same tell about the quality of life in India. This report has mentioned that six districts of Orissa being in the list of worst twenty districts of India. Rayagada district ranks the worst in India followed by Kandhamal, Nuapada, Bolangir, Koraput and Bargarh, all in Western and Southern part of the state, are ranked at 4,9,10 & 19 from the bottom respectively.
It has been many years since the Government. of India has been pumping thousands of Crores as special budget for the welfare of these districts of Western and Southern Orissa through scheme like KBK. Then how is it that after so many years of huge money inflow into these districts there is no change in statistics? Who is accountable for this mishap? Is the Chief functionary of the state not responsible for this?”
Orissa, one of the poorest of states in the Indian union, is inhabited by more than 24% of tribal population concentrated mostly in North-Western, Western and Southern part of the state. Due to the negligence of all successive state governments, the development of these three patches are far behind the Coastal Orissa tract by any parameter even though these regions are full of minerals and natural resources.
In two occasions, during 1936 and 1948, these tribal dominated Western and Southern regions amalgamated into then Orissa division (precisely the present Coastal Orissa) from erstwhile Central and Madras presidency of British ruled India respectively to form Orissa state in the line of linguistic similarities. But, reality is, till now the native people residing in these regions don’t know how to speak the state official language Odiya, which is practiced in Coastal Orissa districts in particular. Vast region of Western Orissa communicate in variants of Sambalpuri language (also termed as Kosli by some) and with numerous tribal languages practiced by the indigenous tribal population. This leads to poor enrolment in school which encourages Odiya as the medium of education and thus a high school dropout rate is seen in these regions. Students are forced to learn Odiya language in school which is different than what they practice in day to day life.
The differentiation between the then Orissa Division (Coastal Orissa) and the newly added Western and Southern regions is well maintained by all successive state Governments, while allocating funds and in developmental works.
Inhabited by app.50% of the state population (17,899,735 as per 2001 Census) and spread in 28.73% of total land of the state (44,355.4 Sq Km), this Coastal Orissa tract is given utmost priority by all the successive state governments and have been enjoying all sorts of developmental works in the name of Orissa. Where as a vast land with more than 71.27% of the total land area of Orissa state (109,992 Sq Km), and with a population of little above half of the state population is depriving basic needs.
It is pity that present state government too, has done nothing to minimize the gap between the coastal and the rest of Orissa in its decade long rule; but increasing it by concentrating every developmental activity in and around the state capital Bhubaneswar. During this government’s tenure, all the national institutes for higher studies and research sanctioned by the central government are established or proposed to establish in and around Bhubaneswar. Due to this capital centric attitude, common masses refer the Chief Minister Nabin Pattnaik as the Mayor of Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation than the CM of the state.
In recent development except for the Central University, all the educational and research institutes of national repute, such as Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), All India Institute of Medical Science (AIIMS), National Institute of Science Education and Research (NISER), Indian Institute of Information Technology (IIIT), etc awarded by Central Government for the entire state are located in and around Bhubaneswar. This has brought a distinction for Bhubaneswar as the only city in India to have an IIT, AIIMS and NISER at one location.
Central Government has also proposed to establish a National Innovative University (World Class), National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT), ESI Medical College and Hospital, Railway Medical College in Bhubaneswar, and another IIIT in Berhampur in Coastl Orissa, neglecting the rest state.
Existing and proposed Central funded National Institutes and Universities in Orissa:
Rest Orissa Coastal Orissa
1. NIT, Rourkela, Dist. Sundargarh 1. IIT, Bhubaneswar
2. Central University, Koraput 2. IIT – Kharagpur, Bhubaneswar Branch
3. Indian Institute of Handloom Technology, (IIHT), Bargarh 3. National Institute of Science Education and Research (NISER), Bhubanneswar
4. Food Craft Institute, Balangir 4. AIIMS like Institute, Bhubaneswar
5. IIIT, Bhubaneswar
6. National University, Bhubaneswar (proposed)
7. IIIT, Berhampur (Work on progess)
8. Indian Institute of Tourism & Travel Management (IITTM), Bubaneswar
9. Institute of Minerals and Material Technology, Bhubaneswar
10. Indian Institute of Mass Communications,(IIMC), Dhenkanal
11. Central Rice Research Institute, Cuttack
12. Biju Pattanaik National Steel Institute (BPNSI), Puri
13. Central Institute of Plastics Engineering & Technology (CIPET), Bhubaneswar
14. Eastern Regional Language Centre for CILL, Bhubaneswar
15. Institute of Life Sciences, Bhubaneswar
16. Institute of Physics, Bhubaneswar
17. Regional Medical Research Centre, (RMRC), Bhubaneswar
18. Central Fisheries Institute, Kousalyaganga, Bhubaneswar
19. Regional Research Laboratory,Bhubaneswar
20. National Research Centre for Women in Agriculture (NRCWA), Bhubaneswar
21. Ocean Science and Technology Cell (OSTC), Berhampur
22. National Institute of Rehabilitation Training and Research (NIRTAR), Cuttack
23. National Institute of Design (NID), Bhubaneswar (Proposed)
24. NIFT, Bhubaneswar (Proposed)
If you consider the allotment of health facilities in the state the picture of disparities done towards the rest of the tribal regions of the state gets crystal clear. There is just one state run Medical College, viz, VSS Medical College & Hospital, Burla in Sambalpur for the entire Western Orissa, there are state run SCB Medical college in twin cities of Bhubaneswar – Cuttack , MKCG Medical College in Berhampur, a city just 179 Km from Bhubaneswar by Road and 165 Km by train.
Mahandi Coal Field Ltd. (MCL), a subsidiary of Coal India Ltd, a Central Government entity which has operation in Western as well as Central Orissa, is too establishing a Medical College Hospital in Talcher Town, 150 Km from state Capital Bhubaneswar, with state government’s active persuasion. The defense dept has proposed to set up a medical college in Baleswar, another town in Coastal Orissa with a distance of 198 Km by Road from Bhubaneswar.
State government has recently proposed to upgrade Capital Hospital in Bhubaneswar to a Medical College with a hoping budget of 32.5 Crores. It is also been proposed to set up Government. Medical College & Hospital in Baleswar where as the state government is trying to establish 3 Private Medical Colleges in backward tribal dominated Western Orissa in PPP mode since last 15 years through Western Orissa Development Council (WODC) with a financial grant of 5 Crores each. There is no progress seen in establishing these Medical colleges in these backward regions of Orissa.
So, a question instantly arises in mind, “Why private Medical College & Hospital for poor tribal region of Western Orissa, who can’t afford a full meal a day and central and state funded Government. Medical Colleges & Hospitals for Coastal Orissa?” Is this not pure discrimination?
Central and State sponsored Medical Institutions in Orissa
Rest Orissa Coastal Orissa
1. VSS Medical College, Burla, Sambalpur 1. SCB Medical college, Cuttack
2. Medical College under Central University, Koraput 2. SCB Dental College, Cuttack
3. MKCG Medical College, Berhampur
4. Capital Medical College, Bhubaneswar
5. AIIMS, Bhubaneswar (Proposed)
6.ESI Medical College and Hospital, Bhubaneswar (Proposed)
7. Medical College under National Innovative University, Bhubaneswar (Proposed)
8. ECO Railway Medical College, Bhubaneswar (Proposed)
9. Medical College by MCL, Talcher, a subsidiary of Coal India Ltd
10. Medical College, Balasore (Proposed by State Government.)
11. Medical College, Balasore (proposed by Defence dept)
Points to notice that Balangir, Kalahandi, in this back ward Western Orissa, many times have created news in national media for starvation deaths. Low-income people in these backward districts can hardly afford the cost of good health care even for their children who suffer from early death, under nutrition and anemia. As against the State figure of 65 infant deaths per 1000 life births, district like Kalahandi in the Western Orissa had 119 infant deaths.
Prevalence of undernourishment among children is also high in these tribal dominating districts. The health situation is really gloomy if we look at maternal death rates. Women in these households work hard at home, in the fields, bear children and do not get the medical attention while giving birth to children.
Occurrence of malaria remains a threat to the people in the tribal areas. As many as 158 blocks in tribal districts, which contribute 70 per cent of the malarial cases, suffer the worst. Sometimes outbreak of mysterious diseases in these regions takes a heavy toll of life. Poverty and deprivation leave very little money with people to spend on the treatment of diseases and illness.
The state government is earning maximum revenue from these under developed tribal belts through mining and industries. When the industries are exploiting and polluting the region, are opening health care units and educational facilities in Coastal Orissa with state government’s active persuasion. The recent Vedanta group promoted World Class University in Puri- Konark Road with a budget of 15,000 Cr and in an area of 6,000 Acre sets the perfect example. Vedanta Industries Ltd has established two Aluminum plants in Western Orissa, the refinery unit and captive power plant at Lanjigarh in Kalahandi District and smelter plant with captive power plant at Jharsuguda, where as it is opening its 100 bed capacity burn and trauma care unit in Bhubaneswar, which i
s at a distance of 400 Km from Jharsuguda and more than 450 Km from Lanjigarh.

Hundreds of crores rupees received from central government in the name of KBK has become a source of exploitation for the state government. The head quarter of the KBK scheme is at the state capital Bhubaneswar, far away from the problems people are facing in their every day life. This century of exploitation by all successive state government since the formation of the state in 1936, towards these tribal pockets has forced them to shout for a separate state of Kosal comprising 11 districts and a sub-division of Western Orissa. Also, the Maoist guerillas are spreading in rest tribal districts in rapid speed taking advantage of this.

These entire exploitation stories remind the colonial era and raise some fundamental questions about democratic rights in India.


July 15, 2010 at 2:36 pm 2 comments

Sorry state of higher education in Balangir district of Orissa

Following is from The Pioneer:

After the sorry state of primary education, it is the same state of affairs with higher education in Balangir due to shortage of lecturers and non-appointment of principals.

Seeking appointment of lecturers and principals in different colleges of the town to impart higher education to students properly, PIL has been filed in the Odish High Court by general secretary of the All Kosal Students’ Union Dolamani Pradhan.

According to the petition, Balangir-based Rajendra College, once the premier higher educational Institution of this entire region, is now in a shambles with vacant posts of lecturers and the principal.

Against the sanctioned posts of 64 lecturers, there are only 22 lecturers now posted in the college. And out of them, two teachers have been transferred and another is on long leave, leaving only 19 teachers in the college, which imparts education to students from the Plus-2 level to that of postgraduation.

The Government Women’s College also suffers the same fate. Against the sanctioned 32 lecturers’ posts, as many as 18 posts are lying vacant. Ironically, at least two posts sanctioned in the department of Economics since last five years has not been filled. Moreover, there is no principal in the college.

The Balangir College, established in 1982, also has a similar situation. Functioning in an old and unsafe building in a daily market, it has only six lecturers against the sanctioned strength of 12.

Besides, the continuous neglect of the second Sanskrit College of Odisha, established in 1908, has pushed it to the verge of closure. The only degree Ayurvedic College of the district also suffers from shortage of lecturers as it now functions with only 12 lecturers against the sanctioned strength of 28. Besides seeking appointment of lecturers, principals in the colleges, petitioner Dolamani Pradhan has sought strict implementation of a transfer policy of lecturers.

The All Kosal Students’ Union general secretary has filed the PIL through advocate Ashis Mishra, urging the HC to direct the Government to take appropriate steps in this regard with a stipulated time.

July 15, 2010 at 12:49 pm Leave a comment

Balangir tribal girl aspires to be IAS officer: Pioneer News Service

Following report is from The Pioneer:

She aims to be an IAS officer. And for that, she has decided to enrol herself in the Delhi University so that from the very beginning she start her journey in a competitive environment.

Meet 18-year-old Surami Soren, a tribal girl with a lot of aspirations. One of the brilliant students of western Odisha, she stood fourth in the top 20 list of the Plus II examination in the Arts stream.

A student from Rajendra College Balangir, Surami is moving decisively.

Surami’s friend Manasi Pradhan is equally upbeat about a career in legal profession. Manasi, the 10th rank-holder among the top 20, wants to be a top lawyer. She was a student in Plus II Arts in the Government Women’s College, Balangir.

Manasi, 17-year-old, is influenced by her father Bikash Pradhan, a leading lawyer in Balangir. She was all along a meritorious student and a rank holder in +10 Classes. She is enrolling her in the National University of Law, Cuttack.

Both rank-holding girls met Minister Planning & Coordination Ananga Udaya Singh Deo here on Thursday to have his blessings. Singh Deo took interest in both the meritorious students who have brought laurels for his native Balangir district. He said that despite backwardness and lack of infrastructure in the colleges of Balangir, both girls were able to achieve distinction.

May 21, 2010 at 7:13 pm Leave a comment

Transfer trouble stares Rajendra College Balangir in face;No admission to PG courses in Botany, Zoology and Chemistry this year

Following report is from

BALANGIR: If the State Government goes ahead with its plan of transferring government lecturers, who have spent six years in a college, Rajendra (autonomous) College in Balangir will be hit hard. 

In last decade the college got no replacement after a lecturer was transferred. At present, 17 out of 19 lecturers of the college have completed more than six years.  

As such the college is already reeling under acute staff shortage with only 30 percent lecturers of the sanctioned strength doing  duty at present. The citizens and guardians of students apprehend that implementation of six-year transfer plan will not only hit the teaching but also put a question mark on the very existence of the college.  

As per official sources, sanctioned teaching staff strength for Plus Three and PG classes is 64. As many as five departments of the college are running without a single staffer. As a result the college committee stopped admission to PG courses in Botany, Zoology and Chemistry this year. “Because of paucity of teaching staff, we stopped admission to these departments this year as per the decision of college committee,” said principal Satyabanta Bedbak. He said with only 19 staff members the teaching has already been hit and the situation will worsen if government’s six-year transfer plan is actuated.

Ever since the college was conferred autonomy in 2002, there has been gradual decline in number of teaching staff. “The premier institution, which has thrown up talents who have excelled in various fields, is hamstrung by staff shortage. This has been the trend for the last one decade but the local representatives never took up the issue with higher authorities,” rued Pramod Mishra, president of Koshal Kranti Dal. He said the college should be treated separately while implementing the proposed transfer plan. He warned of mass agitation if the State Government failed to act. 

May 15, 2010 at 6:35 pm 2 comments

Chittaranjan Dhangda Majhi of Bhawanipatna gets civil service

Following story is from TOI:

BALANGIR: Another youth from Orissa’s Kalahandi district has made it to the coveted civil services proving the point that backwardness of the area is no deterrent to the aspiring.

Three years ago, Satyabrata Bhoi from Kalahandi district, bagged the 160 position making it to the IPS. He is now posted as SP in Angul district. This year, it is the turn of Chittaranjan Dhangda Majhi of Bhawanipatna, who secured 667 rank.

It was Chittaranjan’s third attempt. On earlier occasions, the final interview had proved to be his stumbling block. His subjects were economics and political science. “Patience and determination is the first requisite to get through the civil services. It is no big deal. I think anyone can make it if he has patience,” said Chittaranjan.

His parents being teacher, Chittaranjan learned discipline in study early in life. He completed his schooling and intermediate education in Bhawanipatna and then studied at the Orissa University of Agriculture and Technology (OUAT). He passed out in 2002. Then he went to Delhi for civil services preparation. “I opted for this service because I have seen my home district reeling under poverty. I have also seen how much difference IAS officers can make by serving the poor,” said Chittaranjan.

May 10, 2010 at 6:39 pm 4 comments

Courses offered by Rajendra Autonomous College Balangir

 The college offers three year degree courses and two-years post-graduate degree programme as mentioned in the following table:

Stream Subjects Sanctioned strength in each year
Three year Degree PG
ARTS English 24 XX
History 48 08
Pol.Sc. 48 32
Economics 48 32
Oriya 32 XX
Hindi 16 XX
Sanskrit 16 XX
Geography 16 XX
Mathematics 08 XX
Science Physics 32 XX
Chemistry 32 16
Botany 24 16
Zoology 24 16
Mathematics 16 XX
Computer Science 32 XX
Commerce Commerce 128 32
  Total   406   152

Rajendra Autonomous College Balangir should start some more professional and technical Bachelor courses like BSc Nursing, BSc Biotechnology, BSc Molecular Biology and Pathology, BSc Pharmacy, BBA (Bachelor in Business Administration) and Master courses like MCA and MBA.

May 1, 2010 at 10:17 am 4 comments

NRO bats for State University in Kalahandi

Following is a report from The Pioneer:

Appreciating the Higher Education Task Force’s (HETF) proposal to establish 13 new universities in Odisha, Lebanon-based non-resident Odia (NRO) Prof Digambara Patra     has however urged the HETF for recommending in favour of a State University instead of a Unitary one and christening it as Mahakantara University, Indravati University, South Western University.

“Balangir, Angul and Parlakhemundi have been suggested for State University whereas place like Bhawanipatna has been suggested for Unitary University which is surprising based on location, distance and regional requirement of affiliated colleges,” Patra rues.

Arguing that Kalahandi is the central location in the backward South Western Odisha, State University is more appropriate in Bhawanipatna for the benefit of local students in other affiliated colleges in Kalahandi, Nuapada, Kandhamal, Boudh, Rayagada and Nabarangpur region as Parlakhemundi is still very far to serve the affiliated colleges in Nabarangpur.

Earlier, HETF member Prof Chitta Baral had also pointed out justification for establishing new State University in Bhawanipatna in his personal blog, Patra claims adding demand for Unitary University for Government Autonomous College Bhawanipatna was based on merit when there was no proposal for 13 new universities as has been recommended recently by the HETF. Indeed, in the same merit line of GM Autonomous College and Khallikote Autonomous College, Government College Bhawanipatna deserves to be a Unitary University and at the same time a separate State University is required in Bhawanipatna to serve the affiliated college in the backward South Western Odisha, he argues.

“When State universities are made in Parlakhemundi (94 km from Berhampur) and Balangir (120 km from Sambalpur) instead of Unitary, I do not find any rationality why same think could not be made for Bhawanipatna (a central location in the backward South Western Odisha and far away from both Sambalpur University and Berhampur University compared to Balangir and Parliakhemundi respectively),” Prof Patra questions arguing distance between Balangir and Sambalpur is 120 km where as distance between Sambalpur and Bhawanipatna is 235 km, in fact Jaipatana region of Kalahandi will be more than 300 km from Sambalpur.

“When geographically or distance wise close locations are being given State universities instead of Unitary ones and far away locations are bestowed with Unitary University, it does not resolve the primary goal of the affiliated colleges in those remote localities and so also the aim of the task force,” the NRO remarks quipping if distance and regional requirements are not evaluated for affiliated colleges, I do not see why Khallikote Autonomous College or GM Autonomous College are not made State Universities compared to other locations.

March 16, 2010 at 6:43 pm Leave a comment

Bargarh Panchayat College students stage roadblock

Following is a report from The Pioneer:

Students of the Bargarh Panchayat College on Tuesday blockaded the College Road demanding repairing and cleaning of the road, which has been in a state of neglect by district administration since long.

The students pointed out that major and minor accidents have been occurring on the road everyday. Repeated complaints for the repair of the road have fallen on deaf ears.

The Students’ Union of the college called the road blockade, which was led by its president Chandan Gupta, secretary Jadish Shaha, ex-president Pratik Jhawar, ex-secretary Premraj Dang, Sushanta Sahu and Rahul Singh.

Bargarh Sub-Collector Bishnu Prasad Mishra, Tehsildar Rajesh Agrawal and Executive officer of the Municipality reached the spot and assured the students that their demand would be fulfilled by January 25. After this assurance, the strike was called off.

January 21, 2010 at 7:49 pm Leave a comment

Urdu poet bags Gangadhar National Award

Following is a report from The Pioneer:

On the 43rd foundation day of the Sambalpur University, famous Urdu poet Dr A Mohammad Shahryar was conferred with the Gangadhar National Award on Friday.

Speaking on the occasion, the poet said, “In the context of the present scenario, it is not wise to be escapist rather to accumulate energy and courage to face every situation. This would show way to live life. Literature gives us the ability to explore the vast horizon before us.”

University Vice-Chancellor Arun Kumar Pujari conferred the award to the poet. The university also honoured Odia poet Saubhagyabanta Maharana. The Vice-Chancellor appealed to students and teachers to utilise their knowledge for the benefit of the common men who remain neglected for decades in spite of scientific and technical progress.

January 16, 2010 at 2:01 pm Leave a comment

Student unions of Koshal region comes out strongly in support of Koshal state movement

Following is a report from

The the demand for Separate Kosal state has been intensified in the western part of Orissa with the wake of separate Telengana demand. While Kosal Kranti Dal, the political outfit of Kosali Ekta Manch has given Kosal Chaad abhiyan, the mother organisation Kosali Ekta Manch has left no turn unturned.

By organising seminar and conferences in several part of the country and the world to involve the intellectual mass in the movement the manch is now in a now or never move. We have been treated as Second grade citizen and this stepmotherly attitude will not be tolerated any more said Promod Mishra, the president of Kosal Kranti Dal at Balangir last night.

Palpable agitation is mountig at Rajendra College(Autonomous), Balangir, G.M College, Sambalpur and Govt, College Rourkela for formation of Kosal state. The region which has experienced a havoc by the student in current month will face another carnage if the plan of student  executed. The President of Sambalpur University , Padmanava Mishra is planning to sit for a till death hunger side in few days. Argument and counter argumnet between students, teachers and and oter staff is going on for a formation of kosal state.

The teachers of Sambalpur University are ardently supporting the demand for it will give a face lift to the only university of Kosalanchal. The All Kosal Students Union is going to call  Band on last week of december followed by economic blockade. The Kosal Kranti Dal is going to gherao the governer house in 23rd of december and thiier the laymen of western orissa will seat in mass hunger strike till the state is declared said Baidyanath Mishra the Mahasachib of  Kosal Kranti Dal.

This is a report by Jayadev Kar
Contact Info:
Sambalpur University, Jyotibihar, Burla, Dist-Sambalpur

December 16, 2009 at 9:45 am 1 comment

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