Tuesday, July 19, 2016

MALARIA DEATH CASES ON RISE IN BALANGIR Tuesday, 19 July 2016 | | BALANGIR | in Bhubaneswar

MALARIA DEATH CASES ON RISE IN BALANGIR
Tuesday, 19 July 2016 |  | BALANGIR | in Bhubaneswar
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The incidence of death due to malaria has been high in Balangir district, thanks to neglect of health officials.
According to reports, Meghnada Santh (12) of Singhatimal village died due to malaria recently. The ANM did not visit the village since last four years. Nor did the medical officer ensure that the health worker visited the malaria-prone area identified by the Balangir CDMO office.
According to sources at least 200 villages in 63 gram panchyats in entire district have been identified as malaria-prone. And, the CDMO even issued letter to all medical officers to remain alert in this regard. But grassroots level workers are not moving to the villages. Their officers are not taking steps to ensure that the grassroots level health workers visit malaria prone villages and take precautionary measures either. Except issuing letter, nothing has been done.
According to reports, another person of Bhuanpada village in Gudvela block died due to malaria in Burla. He came to the Balangir District Headquarters Hospital in a serious condition and was referred to the Burla Medical College Hospital (MCH) where he breathed his last. Similarly, people in Jamgoan PHC area are suffering from malaria. In the rural areas, it is the health workers who are supposed to stay and deliver health service to the rural people to prevent malaria death. But it has come to notice that many health workers are neither visiting the village nor staying there and the concerned medical officers are overlooking the crucial issue.


RTI APPLICANT ASKED TO PAY RS 1,09,520 FOR INFO Monday, 18 July 2016 | PNS | Balangir | in Bhubaneswar

RTI APPLICANT ASKED TO PAY RS 1,09,520 FOR INFO
Monday, 18 July 2016 | PNS | Balangir | in Bhubaneswar
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In an interesting development, an RTI applicant was asked to deposit Rs 1,09,520 to get the information he has sought from the Balangir Deputy Registrar of Cooperative Societies’  (DRCS) Public Information Officer (PIO).
Shankar Prasad Panigrahi of the district had sought information from DRCS office on different points on June 17.
He sought information on the total number of profit and loss-making Primary Agriculture and Credit Coperative Society (PACS); details of profit and loss making PACS, names of the Secretaries/CEOs appointed there and whether they belong to cadre posts and the total number of PACS they visited and the inspection report by the present DRCS.
Almost after a month of the submission of the application, the DRCS office sent a letter to Panigrahi asking him to deposit Rs 1,09,520 so that  the information could be supplied  to him.
The DRCS office categorised the expenditures like Rs 40,320 for Xerox copies of  audit report of 224 PACS, Rs 44,480 for man-days charge, Rs 22,400 for transportation cost, Rs 2,000 for registration post.
“I had asked for simple information of profit and loss-making PACS which could have been given in a paper. Moreover why should I bear the expense of a person engaged to collect information from all PACS and its transportation charges?” questioned the petitioner.

Moreover, the RTI reply does not mention about the inspection reports of the present DRCS MN Das, said the petitioner.

FOUR AFFECTED BY DENGUE IN BALANGIR Saturday, 16 July 2016 | PNS | BALANGIR | in Bhubaneswar

FOUR AFFECTED BY DENGUE IN BALANGIR
Saturday, 16 July 2016 | PNS | BALANGIR | in Bhubaneswar
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Four people have been detected with dengue virus in the district. While two persons are being treated outside the district, two other have been referred to the Burla hospital from the District Headquarters Hospital (DHH).
“We received a patient four days ago with symptom of dengue. The patient was immediately referred to the Burla hospital,” informed CDMO Dr RN Tripathy while speaking at a sensitisation workshop on dengue, malaria and diarrhoea and other diseases on Friday at the DHH.
The areas which are vulnerable to dengue attack or have record of people suffering from the disease in the district are Kantabanji town and Takapali near Patangarh, etc.
Though a machine to test dengue fever is available in the district, people are not getting benefit out of it.
People are getting tested in private hospitals with a lot of expenditure.

LONG WAIT AT B’NGIR DHH COUNTER: PATIENTS SUFFER Saturday, 16 July 2016 | PNS | BALANGIR | in Bhubaneswar

LONG WAIT AT B’NGIR DHH COUNTER: PATIENTS SUFFER
Saturday, 16 July 2016 | PNS | BALANGIR | in Bhubaneswar
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The process of registering names at the registration counter at the District Headquarters Hospital (DHH) here has become a tedious one, taking it more than an hour.
“I waited in the queue since 8 am and just got the ticket after two hours, said a person on Friday. As per the rule, a person has to register at the hospital counter first and then show or check with doctors for treatment of his or her ailment. Without a ticket from the counter, a doctor is likely to refuse treatment.
Out of the three computers supposed to function, only one is working. Moreover, there is no separate counter for women.
CDMO Dr RN Tripathy said that a new place at the hospital premises is being developed where there would be three counters.

When contacted by this correspondent. district Collector Ashis Thakare said, “I will look into the matter.”

ROAD BLOCKADE HELD IN B’GIR; MORE TODAY Wednesday, 13 July 2016 | PNS | BALANGIR | in Bhubaneswar

ROAD BLOCKADE HELD IN B’GIR; MORE TODAY
Wednesday, 13 July 2016 | PNS | BALANGIR | in Bhubaneswar
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Members of the Zilla Adivasi Kalyan Sangha on Tuesday staged a road blockade at Bongomunda in protest against killing of innocent tribals by Special Operation Group (SOG) forces in Kandhmal on July 8.
Later a team led by Ghimanad Bhoi, Suresh Bhoi , Ashok Bhoi submitted a memorandum to the Prime Minister through Titilagarh Sub-Collector Sarat Chandra Sahu demanding stopping of combing operation in the district and termination of service of police officials who responsible for the ghastly incident.
Besides, they demanded that one of the members of each deceased family be given a Government job and Rs 50 lakh given to families as compensation.
Sangha secretary Niranjan Bisi also informed that tribals would stage another road blockade on Balangir-Kalahandi Road on Wednesday and gherao Balangir Collecotrate on July 16 in protest against Kandhamal killings.
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TRIBALS KILLING: REGISTER POLICE CASE TOO: LOP Monday, 11 July 2016 | PNS | BALANGIR | in Bhubaneswar

TRIBALS KILLING: REGISTER POLICE CASE TOO: LOP
Monday, 11 July 2016 | PNS | BALANGIR | in Bhubaneswar
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In the Kandhamal incident, six innocent tribals have died. They have been killed by police. The Chief Minister is accountable for this. I leave it to the conscience of the Chief Minister to think whether he has taken proper steps in this regard,” said Leader of Opposition (LoP) in State Assembly Narasingha Mishra on Sunday. Speaking at a Press conference here, he said, “The Government has announced an ex-gratia of `5 lakh to each deceased’s family. We demand the compensation amount to be raised to `20 lakh.”
The veteran Congress leader said that apart from a judicial inquiry announced by the Government, let there be police case registered in regard to this crime. An impartial police inquiry is required. This might be a murder case or on some other charges as per law. A criminal offence has been made, he said.

As innocent tribals are being killed frequently on the plea of anti-Maoist operations, it proves that this Government is anti-tribal people, Mishra alleged. He further maintained  the Government is unable take steps for development of the backward areas where Maoists are active and keep gaining ground. Instead of being able to kill Maoists, it is killing innocent people and taking credit of its anti-Maoist operations. This is a Nikamma Government, Mishra added.

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Rainfall over the mountain;By SudhirMishra/Bolangir



Two birds are sitting on a dry branch as monsoon clouds gathers;By SudhirMishra/Bolangir


MAOIST POSTER IN BALANGIR DIST Sunday, 10 July 2016 | PNS | Balangir | in Bhubaneswar

MAOIST POSTER IN BALANGIR DIST
Sunday, 10 July 2016 | PNS | Balangir | in Bhubaneswar
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After a brief lull, Maoists seem to be again asserting their presence in Balangir district. On Friday morning, people found a poster allegedly written by the Maobadi Lal Salam of Chhattisgarh in front of the Rengali panchyat office in Khaprakhol block of the district. The poster criticised the action of the CRPF and the Cobra Battalion. It also warned a few nearby villagers of dire consequences terming them as “police informers”. Police are verifying the poster, said Balangir SP Asis singh to this correspondent, when contacted. 

CONG-CALLED BANDH HITS LIFE IN KBK DISTRICTS Sunday, 03 July 2016 | PNS | BHUBANESWAR/ NUAPADA/BALANGIR | in Bhubaneswar 1

CONG-CALLED BANDH HITS LIFE IN KBK DISTRICTS
Sunday, 03 July 2016 | PNS | BHUBANESWAR/ NUAPADA/BALANGIR | in Bhubaneswar
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Normal life was paralysed in eight KBK districts on Saturday due to a 12-hour dawn-to-dusk bandh called by the Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee Tribal Cell protesting the arrest of party leader and former MP Pradip Majhi.
This apart, the agitators demanded land pattas for tribals under the Forest Rights Act.
PCC president Prasad Harichandan told reporters that the bandh was a total success.
While shops and business establishments remained closed in the eight districts of Kalahandi, Nabarangpur, Nuapada, Koraput, Rayagada, Malkangiri, Balangir and Subarnapur, vehicular movement came to a grinding halt as party members staged road blockades by burning tyres at many places.
However, emergency services and educational institutions were excluded from the ambit of the bandh call. Police forces were deployed at many places of the districts to prevent any untoward situation during the bandh, sources added.
“The State Government is taking credit by distributing land pattas to more than 3 lakh tribals, but in reality the Government has not executed the 2006 Forest Rights Act properly. The State Government had intentionally arrested Pradip Majhi who fights for the rights of tribals,” said Congress leader Bhakta Das.
Notably, Majhi and 18 other Congress members were arrested on June 26 for allegedly beating up the Raighar Forest Ranger and ransacking the range office during a demonstration demanding land pattas for tribals and ration cards to eligible poor beneficiaries.
The bandh was successful in Nuapada district. Over a thousand people, mostly tribals, attended a rally organised at Khariar. They held a meeting at the DFO office. The Jami Jungle Adhikar Mancha provided its full support.
“About 4,000 applications approved by the Gram Sabhas are still pending with the Forest Department. Why the department is not taking action,” wanted to know PCC secretary Adhiraj Panigrahi.
The DFO is not taking serious steps for awarding entitlement to the people under the FRA, alleged agitators.
The agitators also raised issues of irregularities in distribution of ration cards and delay in distributing input subsidy.
In Balangir, the bandh too evoked good response from people. Shops, petrol pumps and Government offices were closed due to picketing and buses were off the road.
“The Government is not implementing the FRA properly. We demand unconditional release of Padeep Majhi,” said Congress district president Bhagabana Bagarti.
 “A total of 11platoons of police force were deployed to avert any law and order situation,” said Balangir SP Ashis Singh.