Saturday, February 6, 2016

Solar Care For School

Tathya.in2016-Feb-04 | Bhubaneswar
Inmates of the Residential School at far flung Thuamul Rampur are happy with installation of Solar Plant on the Roof Top of the School Building.
This will help them out to Read and Write in the evening hours on a hassle free manner.
Thanks to the Initiative Chandrasekhar Mishra, Managing Director of Crux Power, who has taken pain to set up roof Top Solar Plant in a backward Block of Kalahandi, which is also one of the most backward regions of theState.
The Institution run by  Siksha Vikash Samiti is home to about 163 students and 17 members of staff. It provides its wards with hostel accommodation and three square meals each day, but the scarcity of power and clean drinking water are major hurdles for their education and livelihood. 
With no electricity, students depend on kerosene lamps which negatively impact their health as well as study routine. 
The only source of water is from the adjacent river of Indravati that often tends to dry up. With the shortage of water, toilets, bathrooms and suitable sanitation arrangements are under constructed and are not completely installed.
To address these obstacles of the school, Crux Power initiated the usage of alternative energy – Solar Power. 
The lighting and electrical power support for classrooms and hostel was to be provided through a 5kWp off- Grid roof top solar power plant. 
Secondly, an RO based water Purification system of 1000 Liters Per Hour would be set up to cater the needs of the students and also the resident villagers nearby. Along with it, an overhead tank was to be constructed to meet the sanitation need of the students. 
Cleantech Initiative – an initiative by Seva International, a survey was conducted by Crux Power that resulted in the proposal for the 5kWp Solar Power Plant to operate all major loads including fans, CFL Lights and Computer, Television provision in the hostel and school. 

Cleantech led by Swayam Baral tried to develop this project, which would help developing an eco-friendly and disease free environment for the students and staff at the residential school in the Kalahandi district.

Friday, February 5, 2016

Bhawanipatna all set for beautification

The Statesman, Feb 5, 2016
The district administration has initiated measures for beautification of Bhawanipatna town. 
It has decided to set up Saheed Smrutu Pillar near the government hospital and to beautify the Autonomous Govt College square, Ghoda ghat chowk and Circuit House and Ambedkar Statue Chowk. 
It is also decided to improve the traffic/signal system/use of solar light in traffic signals and to decorate road side wall with paintainings depicting the culture, heritage and art of Kalahandi district. 
A meeting chaired by district collector Kalahandi D. Brundha has also decided to erect five welcome gates at the five entry points to the town here.
Similarly in the 5 entry points to the district near Ampani, Amath, M Rampur, near Khariar and near Gunupur welcome gates will also be constructed. 
Among others MLA Bhawanipatna Anama Naik, SP Kalahandi Brijesh Rai, Deputy Director planning Bimbadhar Sethi , district Culture officer Kalicharan Mohanthy and Chairman of Bhawanipatna Municipality Aditya Nanda attended the meeting.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Professor Bhubaneswar Behera: Bhagirtha of Kalahandi

Reported by Sri Debendra Bisi
Sambad, Feb 1, 2016

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Friday, January 15, 2016

'Ghumura' Kicks off

The New Indian Express (Bhubaneswar), Jan 15, 2016
BHAWANIPATNA:  The four-day 20th Kalahandi Utsav - Ghumura - was inaugurated at Lal Bahadur Shastri Stadium here on Thursday. The festival aims to showcase the rich folk culture of the district.
  Torch rallies were taken out from Manikeswari temple of Thuamul Rampur, Shiva temples of Sapsilet and Mohangiri, Budharaja temple of Ampani, Dukri temple of Talgud, Manikeswari temple of Bhawanipatna and Urladani, the soil of martyr Rindo Majhi, in colourful procession and culminated at the venue.
Lok Sabha member Arka Keshari Deo inaugurated the festival in the presence of MLA Balabhadra Majhi, Zilla Parishad chairperson Srimati Majhi and Collector Brunda D.
Folk dances like Ghumura, Purulia Chhau, Bagha Nacha and  Gotipua were performed by the artistes from Vijayawada,  Puri and the district.
Similarly, a Palishree Mela was organised to exhibit local crafts and products by the district administration.
The festival will also be celebrated at Dharamgarh from January 15 to 17.

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Odisha Single Window clears BPCL's Rs 270 cr common user facility

Business Standard, Jan 13, 2016
The State Level Clearance Authority (SLSWCA) here cleared the proposal by oil marketing major Bharat Petroleum Corporation Ltd (BPCL) to establish a common user facility (CUF) for storage of petroleum products.
The facility estimated to cost Rs 270 crore, is proposed at Meramundali in Dhenkanal district.
This project is a common arrangement of Indian Oil Corporation Ltd (IOCL), and Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Ltd (HPCL). The CUF would cater to receipt and storage of petroleum products like petrol, diesel, kerosene, fuel oil, light diesel. High performance and will also be blended at the CUF with imported additives. The project will require 90 acres of land, three kilo litres of water per day and 450 Kw of power. It will provide direct and contractual employment to 344 people.
The other project approved in the meeting is the proposal of Starlight Energy Ltd to set up an integrated grain based distillery unit along with a parboiled rice mill and co-generation biomass power plant at Goud Sariguda in Kalahandi district with a total investment of Rs 137 crore. The project requires 195 acres of land and 1 MW power as stand by for start-up of the biomass power plant. The industry will make use of broken rice from the rice mills, maize and other grains produced in the state for distillery unit. The husk from the rice mills will be used as principal raw material for production of biomass power.
The SLSWCA also reviewed the progress of the investment projects that were approved during 2015. Available data shows, during 2015, seven projects were approved by HLCA out of which two projects have started production and three are in different phases of completion. Similarly, during 2015, SLSWCA cleared a total number of 23 projects out of which two have started production and 20 are in different phases of constructio

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Kalahandi on Development Path: CM

The New Indian Express (Bhubaneswar), Dec 13, 2015
BHAWANIPATNA: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik went on an inauguration spree in Kalahandi district on Saturday.
During his short visit to the district, he inaugurated a mega lift irrigation project over river Ret, a bridge over river Udanti and five model schools.
The lift irrigation project at Loitara under Kesinga block has been constructed at a cost of `212 crore and it will irrigate 5,000 hectares of land. The bridge over Udanti near Kanduljhar has been set up at the cost of `13 crore. The model schools have come up in Musiguda under Bhawanipana block, Junagarh, Kalampur, Chapatkhanda under Narla block and Vejipadar under Kesinga block. The Government had sanctioned `2.94 crore for each school.
Naveen also laid the foundation stone for construction of a high-level bridge over river Ret near Kankutru under Lanjigarh block for which, the Government has earmarked `4.97 crore.
Addressing a public gathering at Jolko near Kesinga, he said the State Government is focusing on development of infrastructure in all the backward regions of the State. Since 2005, the Central Government has reduced financial allotment for development of KBK regions and the State Government had been compensating it by investing `120 crore under Biju KBK Yojana every year, the Chief Minister said, adding that the amount has now been enhanced to `220 crore.
In the ensuing five years, the State Government has set a target to invest `8,000 crore for development of Western Odisha and focus will be on improving irrigation potential in the region, he said. In wake of the drought condition, collection of water tax and agriculture loan from farmers has been stopped. Under MGNREGA, 200 days of assured employment will be guaranteed and there would be 30 per cent hike in wages, Naveen said.
He claimed that in the last 15 years, Kalahandi is on the path of development with improvement of infrastructure, industrialisation and economy.
Senior BJD MLA Balabhadra Majhi alleged that the Congress has been conspiring to stall industrialisation in Kalahandi in the name of protecting tribals. He appealed to the Chief Minister for establishment of the proposed agriculture university in Kalahandi.
Among others, Minister Puspendra Singhdeo, Lok Sabha member Arkakesari Deo, Rajya Sabha member Bhupinder Singh, MLAs Anama Naik, Dibyasankar Mishra and Dhaneswar Majhi also spoke.
Drones were used to keep a vigil on anti-social elements in the crowd at the Chief Minister’s meeting. At least 54 BJP workers from Kesinga and 11 Congress members from Bhawanipatna were taken into preventive custody. They were released after Naveen left the district.

Friday, December 11, 2015

An alternative view from Kalahandi on Koshal state demand

Note: This was being circulated in Kalahandi and was shared by Dr. B. Mishra

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Central nod to IT park in Jeypore Rayagada, Bhawanipatna left out

Note: Why too much administrative negligence in Kalahandi? Because of not identifying the land, STPI in Bhawanipatna got delayed and postponed. I mentioned about STPI in my last year meeting in January to our honorable MLA from Bhawanipatna and Junagarh, so that they can take the issue with state Govt. and expedite it. It is time leaders and people of Kalahandi to take note of it.

Orissapost, Nov 25, 2015
Jeypore, Nov 25: A wave of joy Tuesday gripped this town in Koraput district after news of the Centre giving nod for establishment of an IT park here spread in the area.
A patch of three acres of land at Phulabada on the outskirts of the town has already been demarcated for the setting up of the park, a report said.
Earlier, the state government had sent a proposal to the Centre to open Software Technology Park of India (STPI) hub at Jeypore. Besides, Sambalpur, Bhawanipatna, Rayagada, Jajpur and Angul also featured in the proposal sent by the state government. The same was approved by the Centre.
Later, the state government identified land in Angul, Sambalpur, Jajpur and Jeypore towns and sent a report to the Centre for its final approval. Based on the report, the latter approved centres in  Angul, Sambalpur and Jajpur also. The proposal for the centres in Rayagada and Bhawanipatna  got delayed as the proposed land for the purpose couldn’t be identified, a report said.
At present three STPI centres are operating in Bhubaneswar, Rourkela and Berhampur while construction of the fourth one at Balasore is under way. According to sources, 96 IT companies operate from Bhubaneswar centre alone while six and three companies have got themselves registered in Rourkela and Berhampur centres respectively. 
It may be noted that there are 53 STPI centres in the country under which more than 8,000 units operate and export services besides manufacturing electronic hardware.
Putting emphasis on information technology, the Centre had started setting up STPIs in 1991. The department has set up separate jurisdictions for some STPIs for smooth management of the centres. The STPIs of Orissa, Bihar and Jharkhand operate under Bhubaneswar jurisdiction.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

HC relief for medicos of default medical college

PTI, Nov 18, 2015
Cuttack, Nov 18 (PTI) In a major relief to 124 students of Sardar Rajas Medical College of Kalahandi, the Orissa High Court today directed the state government to adjust the medicos in other government and private medical colleges to enable them to complete their unfinished course.

Notwithstanding Odisha government s reluctance, the High Court agreed with the suggestions made by the Medical Council of India (MCI) and directed the government to adjust the medicos under government quota to Burla and Berhampur government medical colleges and those admitted under management quota to be transferred to three private colleges at Bhubaneswar.

A division bench of Justice Indrajit Mahanti and Justice D P Choudhury also asked the state government to complete the transfer processes within two weeks and file an affidavit two weeks thereafter regarding compliance of the High Court order.

The executive council of MCI would ratify the transfer of the students in its meeting scheduled on November 27.

The state government had earlier expressed its reservation over MCI's suggestion saying that the shift of students of the default medical college to a government medical college at this stage would give unfair advantage to these students and the same would run counter to the "principles of equality" as many students ranked above them in AIPMT were deprived of this advantage.

Soon after pronouncement of the order, medicos present in the court premises expressed happiness.

"We were in a state of confusion for over three months after MCI disallowed the medical college to run the MBBS course from this academic year for lack of infrastructure and faculty. But thanks to the High Court, we are now relieved," said a medico, who had petitioned the HC.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Jaring Medical College Issue: HC asks Odisha Govt to explain stand on MCI proposal

Prameya, Nov 16, 2015
Also asks the Health Secretary to depose before bench in person
MCI wants 124 affected medicos to be relocated in state-run medical colleges
State Govt wants to relocate them in three private medical colleges
Bhubaneswar: Hearing the disputed case of Kalahandi district Jaring-based Sardar Rajas Medical College on Monday, Orissa High Court has ordered the Odisha Government to explain in writing why it is opposed to the proposal of Medical Council of India (MCI) on the vexed issue of relocating the 124 aggrieved medicos in the state-run medical colleges and has also directed the State Health Secretary to depose before the bench in person on Tuesday.
MCI wants that the 124 medicos pursuing medical courses in Jaring-based Sardar Rajas Medical College should be relocated in the three state-run medical colleges-Cuttack SCB, Berhampur MKCG and Burla VSS.
On the contrary, State Government wants to relocate them in the three private medical colleges- SUM, KIIT, Hi-Tech-situated in the state capital city here.
Talking to PrameyaNews7 over phone on Monday, defence lawyer Pitamber Acharya said that the Orissa High Court basing on the MCI proposal has sought State Government’s explanation.
Acharya argued on behalf of the medicos that Burla-based VSS Medical College has the requisite facility to relocate those students. They can also be relocated in the rest two state-run medical colleges.
He also argued that the SUM and KIIT are deemed universities.
As per reports, the controversial Jaring-based Sardar Rajas Medical College in Kalahandi district in western Odisha has been opened on Public Private Partnership (PPP) mode by the Odisha Government and it is being run by a private trust.
The State Government has allocated Rs 10,000 crore and 27 acres of land to it.
The MCI has withdrawn its recognition citing infrastructural problems and inadequate and ineligible faculty following which the fate of 124 medicos admitted there hangs in balance for the last few months.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

HC asks Centre to settle medicos' issue soon

Press Trust of India, Nov 4, 2015
Cuttack, Nov 4 (PTI) The Orissa High Court has ordered the Union government to amicably settle the issue of medicos of Sardar Rajas Medical College and Hospital by discussing it with the state government and Medical Council of India by November 9 and file an affidavit in this regard 

Since the Odisha government has decided to shut down the Kalahandi-based teaching hospital, confusion prevails over the future of the present 124 medicos of the college.

The High Court had earlier ordered the state government to split the medicos among three private medical colleges in the state for completion of their courses.

On October 8, the state government had submitted a proposal to the MCI to relocate the students in three private medical colleges at Bhubaneswar.

The MCI, however, wanted to relocate those admitted in management quota to private colleges and others admitted under government quota to government colleges and accordingly submitted an affidavit in Orissa High Court stating that the Centre also endorses the proposal.

A division bench of justices Indrajit Mahanti and Dr D P Choudhury passed the order yesterday after the MCI filed its affidavit.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

MCI team inspects Sardar Rajas Medical College

Pragatibadi, Nov 3, 2015
Kalahandi: A four-member team of the Medical Council of India (MCI) on Monday inspected the Sardar Rajas Medical College in Kalahandi district and took stock of its infrastructure, faculty members and financial status.
Notably, the MCI had withdrawn its recognition and affiliation to the college on ground of poor infrastructure and inadequate faculty strength earlier this year. Recently, the Odisha High Court had directed the State government to accommodate 124 students of the college in other medical colleges of the State.