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Following report is from the Sambad:
ROURKELA: After Bhubaneswar, the state has one more contender for the smart city tag. The steel city of Rourkela on Tuesday was accorded the smart city honour with the Centre listing it among 27 cities in its third list released by the Union urban development minister M Venkaiah Naidu.
The capital city was adjudged the smartest city in the country in October last year. Rourkela had missed the opportunity in the first and second round but managed to get the tag in the third round. Sources said the massive participation of the people in the opinion poll in the race to the smart city fetched it the tag.
The small village of Rourkela became a modern industrial town after the public sector giant, the Rourkela Steel Plant, was established in 1958. Like Bhubaneswar, Rourkela was also designed by the Germans. In November 2014, the state government upgraded the Rourkela municipality into a municipal corporation.
After the Centre’s announcement, the city erupted in joy. The industrial hub, like the capital city, which has planned a series of programmes for the city’s makeover, will soon turn into a model town. More foreign investment is likely to be pumped into making the smart city.
Apart from injecting smart ways into the planning to ensure a stress-free workplace, the municipal corporation has planned to develop the city from the Bisra Chowk to Panposh. This area has been decided to be Rourkela’s upscale area like that of Bhubaneswar.
Amidst a walk out and protest by Congress and BJP members, the Odisha Assembly today passed the Birla Global University, Odisha, Bill – 2015.
The Bill, which was introduced by state Higher Education Minister Pradeep Kumar Panigrahi, was passed in absence of opposition Congress members who protested rejection of some of their amendments.
“The objective of the bill is to impart quality education in the state through the Kolkata-based Birla Academy of Art
and Culture, a non-profit making trust registered under the Indian Trust Act, 1982,” Panigrahi said.
Stating that academic activities in the proposed university would start in two years, the Minister said the
institute would become a private self-financed unitary university in the state.
There would be seven schools like management, architecture and planning, social science and humanities, law,
natural science, marine science, and communication to function under the Birla Global University, Panigrahi said.
The state government has already provided 29.4 acres to Birla Institute of Management Technology (BIMTECH) at
Gothapatna, Bhubaneswar and the promoters have created physical infrastructure to set up the institute, Panigrahi
said, adding the proposed university would be run by a board of governors, board of management, academic council and finance committee.
Following is a report by PTI http://www.ptinews.com/news/6802853_Central-team-to-visit-drought-hit-Odisha.html
Bhubaneswar, Dec 1 (PTI) A 10-member Central team led by Union Joint Secretary, Agriculture, K Srinivas is scheduled to undertake a visit to Odisha’s drought affected areas from Thursday, officials said today.
The team, which will reach the state capital tomorrow, will visit the drought hit areas in separate groups on December 3 and 4, Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) P K Mohapatra said.
The team will have a meeting with state officials here on December 5,
Mahapatra said the Centre has constituted an inter- ministerial team led by Srinivas after the state government submitted an interim memorandum on drought.
The team will fly to the affected districts of Nuapada, Kalahandi, Balangir and Bargarh in two groups in a helicopter. After visiting the four districts, the team might take a decision to visit other drought affected districts, the SRC said.
The team will leave for New Delhi on December 6.
Growth rate in Christian population in Odisha has made a quantum jump by 478 per cent in past 50 years compared to 323 per cent and 130 per cent in case of Muslim and Hindu population respectively.
Analysis of population on religious basis in Odisha as per 2011 Census, which was released by the Census Directorate, Odisha, here says if 1961 Census is taken as base, total population in Odisha has gone up by 139.19 per cent from 1.75 crore to 4.19 crore.
Christian population among three dominant religions has increased from 2.01 lakh in 1961 to 11.61 lakh in 2011 – a growth of 478 per cent. Muslims have grown by 323 per cent from 2.15 lakh in 1961 to 9.11 lakh in 2011. Compared to this, population of Hindu, which is dominant religion in the State, has made slow growth from 1.71 crore to 3.93 crore (129.52 per cent) in the same period.
As per 2011 Census, share of Hindu population in Odisha has come down from 94.35 per cent from 2001 to 93.63 per cent. However, percentages of Muslim and Christian population have seen jump from 2.07 to 2.17 per cent and from 2.44 to 2.77 per cent respectively during past one decade.
Bishnupada Sethi, Director of Census, said: “Ganjam, most populous district of the State, has more Hindus than other districts in both the Censuses (2001 and 2011). Cuttack has largest Muslim population by Bhadrak district. Similarly, Sundargarh is having highest Christian population followed by Gajapati and Kandhamal.”
Among Hindus, the highest growth rate of 23.25 per cent is recorded in Balangir district and the lowest growth rate of 7.02 per cent is recorded in Jagatsinghapur district.
Similarly, Muslims have grown by 38.50 per cent, highest growth rate, in Kalahandi district. The highest growth of Christians population is recorded in Baudh district (118.41 per cent).
Population of Sikhs, Buddhists and Jains is found to be in few thousands in Odisha. While Sikh population in 2011 is 21,991, Buddhists and Jains are 13,852 and 9,420 respectively. Ironically, decadal growth in population in unclassified sects and no stated religions in Odisha have increased spectacularly between 2001 and 2011. Population with no stated religion has increased from 20,195 to 76,919 in the last decade.
The Socio Economic and Caste Census (SECC) 2011 has in one stroke not only demolished Odisha’s growth story spun by the Naveen Patnaik government over the past one-and-a-half decade but also laid bare an embarrassing failure of its much-vaunted welfare and poverty alleviation schemes. It cannot be a more damning indictment of the inefficiency than the fact that more than 66 per cent of the population in rural Odisha still continues to languish in acute deprivation without access to basic needs such as food, housing or income generation means. The findings of the census has countered and exposed the hollowness of the government’s claims at every point.
While the State Finance Minister painted a glowing picture of the socio-economic rise over the last decade, projecting a growth of eight per cent in 2015-16, the census report has presented a worrying scene. Over 46.6 lakh (54 per cent) of the total 86.22 lakh rural households are landless and 23 lakh households have only one room with kutcha roof to shelter whole families. A whopping 87 per cent households manage with a measly income of less than Rs 5,000 a month. In the face of the Government’s claims that poverty has been reduced by almost 25 per cent and socio-economic conditions for a vast chunk of the population have been improved, Odisha has been ranked among the top four states in the country in terms of beggary with over 54,000 households depending on it while as many as 22,353 households resort to rag-picking and rummaging garbage dumps for their livelihood. Further, almost 59 per cent of the total households are engaged in manual and casual labour.
The census practically serves as a report card on the schemes and measures implemented by the government, revealing their failings and fissures. Despite the flagship Rs 1-a-kilo rice scheme, claimed to cover over 58 lakh households, and programmes for housing, irrigation, farm assistance, skill development and employment generation, the poverty and deprivation situation has not improved as much. The government should re-examine the schemes to reach the beneficiaries at every level and draw up strategies for more focused implementation of poverty alleviation and development programmes.
BHUBANESWAR: In an apparent bid to pacify the ongoing agitation demanding establishment of an IIM in western Odisha, the state government today announced setting up an open university at Sambalpur.
The announcement in this regard was made by Higher Education Minister Pradeep Panigrahi in the assembly today.
“The proposed open university at Sambalpur will be first of its kind in the state. Therefore, its impact and jurisdiction will be vast,” Panigrahi said.
Panigrahi said, “The state government has already made provision of Rs 35 crore for establishment and infrastructure of the proposed open university.”
Besides contributing to progress of higher education, the open university would facilitate distance education, continuous training and research for students and teachers.
The open university would also help a large number of students, drop-outs and provide need-based quality education in the backward and tribal-dominated districts of the state, Panigrahi said.
He said the varsity at Sambalpur also reflected the state government’s steps to eradicate regional imbalance in Odisha.
The people of western Odisha, particularly the residents of Sambalpur have been agitating since a long time demanding establishment of the proposed IIM for the state in their region. However, the state government decided to locate the proposed IIM in Bhubaneswar which led to intensification of agitation in Sambalpur.