Monday, June 19, 2017

Members of Biju Yuba Janta Dal(BYJD) and Biju Chatra JantaDal(BCJD)staged protest in Bolangir over Mahanadi and Special category status to Odisha;By Sudhir Mishra/Bolangir;19thJune2017

19th June 2017
Bolangir;

Members of Biju Yuba Janta Dal(BYJD) and Biju Chatra JantaDal(BCJD) led by Lotus Sarangi,  Gunj Khan and others, today staged dharna before collectriate protesting against the remarks of Chhatisagarh Minister on Mahanadi river and its water that it belong to them and demanding special category status to Odisha.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Sunrays coming out from behind the clouds;By Sudhir Mishra/Bolangir


Floating clouds;By Sudhir Mishra/Bolangir


Floating clouds;By Sudhir Mishra/Bolangir


A lone bird returning to her nest as the sun goes down in the west at the end of day;Sudhir Mishra/Bolangir


The beautiful clouds;By Sudhir Mishra/Bolangir


The beautiful Sky;By Sudhir Mishra/Bolangir


Day to Combat Desertification held at Balangir;News in English dailyThe Pioneer

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Day to Combat Desertification held at Balangir
Balangir: The World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought was observed in Balangir on Saturday. Divisional Forest Officer Rashmi Ranjan Naik, ACF NK Jaysingh, Honourary Wildlife Warden Sudhir Kumar Mishra, Ranger BC Roul, advocate Gopal Hota and others spoke on the issue of desertification and the need to tackle drought. They urged the participants to check soil erosion by planting trees and conserving water to combat desertification and drought. The meeting was attended by members of Van Suraksha Samiti (VSS) and foresters and others.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought 2017observed in Bolangir ;By Sudhir Mishra/Bolangir

Honorary Wildlife Warden  Bolangir, Sri Sudhir Kumar Mishra speaking at the meeting organised by Bolangir Forest Division on the occasion of World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought at Bolangir on 17thJune2017.

Among others Divisional ForestOfficer(DFO)Bolangir RashmiRanjanNaik, ACF,NKJaisingh, BolangirRange officer BCRoul,adv Gopal Hota spoke on different aspect of drought.

 In his  speech,Honorary Wildlife Warden  Bolangir, Sri Sudhir Kumar Mishra stressed the need to combat desertification and drought by conservation  of rainwater in Traditional water harvesting structures like Muda,,Kata,pond etc  by renovating them; optimum utilization of water resources;taking steps to check the soil erosion ,planting of more tress and conservation of forest and adopting traditional farming/cultivation practice which requires almost no amount of chemical fertilizer and insecticide and adopting Eco-friendly practice in farming and other spheres of lives.

Divisional Forest Officer Bolangir, RashmiRanjanNaik also stressed the need for Conservation of  Forest,Checking the problem of soil erosion,plantation  of more trees and taking care for their  survival,Conservation of rainwater , optimum utilization of water in daily life to avoid wastage of water  and  to make our Earth free from the problem of Polythene.


The meeting was attended by forest guards of different beat  and Foresters of Bolangir forest Range. The VanaSurakshya Samiti(VSS) members of nearby village forest, attended the sensitization  meeting also  shared their view points on this issue too.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

A beautiful view of Karngakata pond located in the heart of Bolangir town which has gone dry for second year in a row after 2016.


Dark clouds hovers over a mountian in Bolangir;By Sudhir Mishra/Bolangir


A lone bird moves over dry over Karngakata Pond of Bolangir which has gone dry for second year in a row


The beautiful Jhar Khajur


HOUSING SCHEME: CM HAILS BALANGIR DM’S MODEL Wednesday, 14 June 2017 | PNS | BHUBANESWAR | in Bhubaneswar

HOUSING SCHEME: CM HAILS BALANGIR DM’S MODEL
Wednesday, 14 June 2017 | PNS | BHUBANESWAR | in Bhubaneswar
In order to improve transparency in the rural housing initiative of the State Government, the District Administrations will take up several measures. Among them, the list of eligible beneficiaries of the current year will be wall-painted in each village, along with public display of priority list on Government buildings in gram panchayat – anganwadi centres and schools.
The list will be uploaded for wider display on the respective district website and there will be 100 per cent geo-tagging and registration of all the beneficiaries in the priority list.
While this proposal was presented by Collector Balangir Ashish Thakre in the rural housing initiative to be undertaken with the implementation of 3Ts – technology, teamwork, and transparency, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik lauded the presentation.
Chief Minister Patnaik, who was quietly listening to Thakre, appreciated the efforts of the Group I for improving citizen centric services in the State through 3Ts.
During the Collectors workshop, which was attended by Collectors and several Ministers, the Chief Minister was happy over the out –of- box thinking of the Collectors in Group I. Secretary Rural Development Bishnupada Sethi was the moderator, who guided the Collectors to prepare the presentation.
While presenting the proposal, it was said that District Awaas Cell will be set up to directly call and contact the beneficiaries and to facilitate them in all the stages of construction of rural houses.
The District Awaas Cell will have a grievance redressal unit and a social audit unit, etc. Mobile registration of beneficiaries on Awaassoft will be done for receiving alerts at different stages, he added.
“There will timely release of funds. The funds will be released in three instalments – 20+80+20/30. A timeline will be fixed for different stages of construction of a house. One month duration has been fixed for work order to plinth, two months for plinth to roof casting, and one month for roof casting to finishing. Time gap of transferring funds to the beneficiaries will be reduced. There will be penal provisions for any delay in bill processing and there will be zero tolerance on malpractices,” said Thakre. Regarding the quality of construction, the Collector said the State will prescribe wide range of models – geographical, cultural and disaster proofing, and additional amount will be disbursed in cyclone prone areas.
A dedicated Rural Housing Cell at block level will be set up for the convenience of the beneficiaries.
“Quick grievance redressal is one of our top priorities. All grievances will be tracked from receiving to disposal. An Awaas Mela will also be held every month on a fixed date,” the official said. The official ensured that apart from adequate water supply and electricity, more facilities like soak pits, cow sheds, goat sheds, compost pits, dug wells, etc, will also be provided to the people.

Now this proposal will be approved by the State Government and the District Administrations will implement the same for rural housing initiative, which is the flagship programme of the State Government.
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B’NGIR MANGO FARMERS RESORT TO DISTRESS SALE Tuesday, 13 June 2017 | PNS | BALANGIR | in Bhubaneswar

B’NGIR MANGO FARMERS RESORT TO DISTRESS SALE
Tuesday, 13 June 2017 | PNS | BALANGIR | in Bhubaneswar
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Even as this year the Balangir district has recorded a good mango crop yield bringing cheer to the farmers, the absence of adequate storage space and marketing facility have led to distress sale.
Much to the mango farmers’ woes, it is the middlemen and traders who are reaping the benefit, by offering less price to the farmers and selling mango at higher prices in markets.
The local traders offer Rs 1,000-Rs 1,200 per quintal of mango to the farmers whereas they sell mango at Rs 3,000 per quintal. Thus they get three times of what they pay to the farmers.
The low price offered by traders to mango farmers has hit them hard.
They are at a loss as to what to do? There is no storage facility in the district. Moreover the marketing support and linkage from district administration is not available in the district.
The Koraput district administration has taken good steps to prevent distress sale of mangoes, said president of Balangir Zilla Krushak Surakshya Sangathan Arun Mishra
The apathy of the Balangir district administration and local politicians towards the issue is disgusting, lamented a farmer.
Meanwhile, the locals warned that farmers could resort to suicide unless necessary measures were not taken immediately to ensure betterremunerative prices
to them.

DAY 2: DMS DISCUSS FIVE PRIORITY SERVICES Tuesday, 13 June 2017

DAY 2: DMS DISCUSS FIVE PRIORITY SERVICES

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The District Collectors held detailed discussion on five priority sectors like municipal services, skill development, youth services, construction workers’ welfare and health services on the second day of the Collectors’ workshop here.
The Collectors of 30 districts formed five different groups and discussed one issue each. The groups suggested ways and means for bridging the gaps and making the service delivery hassle-free for the citizens.
The groups presented suggestions to Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik in the afternoon session. Chief Secretary AP Padhi, Development Commissioner R Balkrishnan, Additional Chief Secretaries and Principal Secretaries and Secretaries of various departments were present.
On construction workers’ welfare, Collectors suggested for a universal registration across all blocks and districts so that they can access to services from anywhere in the State. Construction workers get 11 different kinds of packages and assistances.  
Similarly, Collectors suggested for engagement of multipurpose lab technicians, creation of online portal for monitoring of clinical establishments, adoption of machined cleaning in hospitals and use of technology for raising alert and real time response system in hospitals.

Chief Secretary Padhi said suggestions given Collectors were very useful. The suggestions are also being collected from cross sections of the population through web portal. As of now, around 160 suggestions on various sectors have been received from the people through the portal.

NAVEEN PATNAIK TAKES SUGGESTIONS FROM DMS Tuesday, 13 June 2017 | PNS | BHUBANESWAR | in Bhubaneswar

NAVEEN PATNAIK TAKES SUGGESTIONS FROM DMS
Tuesday, 13 June 2017 | PNS | BHUBANESWAR | in Bhubaneswar
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Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik is understood to have accepted many practical suggestions made by District Collectors on effective implementation of various schemes on the first day of the three-day DMs’ conference on Sunday.
The suggestions made by Balangir Collector Ashish Thakre, Nayagarh’s Arindam Dakua and Dhenkanal’s Bhupendra Singh Poonia were very positive and out of box thinking, according to sources.
Five groups of Collectors were formed to suggest ways to the Government on how to effectively implement schemes like rural housing, drinking water, paddy procurement, Forest Rights Act, various schemes for farmers and students.
Each group had two moderators from among departmental Secretaries and Directors and they discussed issues in separate conference halls.
Chief Minister Patnaik and Chief Secretary AP Padhi moved from room to room and sought their view points.

General Administration Special Secretary Ashok Kumar Meena coordinated the workshop which was attended by Additional Chief Secretaries, Principal Secretaries, Secretaries and other senior officials, sources said.

FUNDS CRUNCH: BALANGIR CIVIC BODY POND NOT RENOVATED Friday, 09 June 2017 | PNS | BALANGIR | in Bhubanesw

FUNDS CRUNCH: BALANGIR CIVIC BODY POND NOT RENOVATED

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The Karangakata pond located in the heart of town and spread over more than 18 acres has dried up for the second year in a row.
Thanks to paucity of funds at Balangir Municipality and closure of renovation and repair scheme in the Minor Irrigation department, the desiltation work could not be taken up.
The drying of Karangakata pond has sparked resentment among citizens here who held a meeting inside the dried pond on June 5 under the banner of Karangakata Banchao Samiti and resolved to save it.
The Karangakata pond was known for its crystal clear waters and was used for drinking water purpose, pointed out a local here.
In 2016, although there was good rain, yet the pond dried up this year.
Following public resentment, the Bolangir municipality in 2016 had spent around Rs 5 lakh for desiltation of soil of Karangakata which hardly served any purpose
After this, the Bolangir Municipality handed over the 17ponds to the Minor Irrigation department to take up renovation, restoration and repair of ponds.
However, according to sources, the MI department after keeping the files for more than a year returned them to the Bolangir Municipality in March this year saying that the scheme to take up repair renovation and restoration of water bodies /ponds had been closed.

Meanwhile, Rs lakh has been sanctioned by the Bolangir Municipality to take up construction of concrete road stone pitting and construction of bathing ghats in the Karangakata pond.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Speaking at the World Environment Day function at the Adarsha Vidyalaya Dhumamara outskirt of Bolangir town on 5th June

Speaking at the World Environment Day function at the Adarsha Vidyalaya Dhumamara outskirt of Bolangir town on 5th June 

B’NGIR SCHOOL OBSERVES ENVIRONMENT DAY Wednesday, 07 June 2017 | PNS | BALANGIR | in Bhubaneswar

B’NGIR SCHOOL OBSERVES ENVIRONMENT DAY
Wednesday, 07 June 2017 | PNS | BALANGIR | in Bhubaneswar 

The World Environment Day was observed at the Adarsha Vidyalaya, Dhumamara, on the outskirts of Balangir town on Monday.
District Collector Ashis Thakre stressed the need to protect the mother earth from further ecological degradation. “We have to hand over the mother earth in an ecologically better position to the future generation,” Thakre observed, and sought cooperation of all for protection of the environment and the mother earth.
Among others, DFO Rashmi Ranjan Naik, ACF Goutam Naik, honorary wildlife warden Sudhir Kumar Mishra, Balangir range officer BC Roul and Principal of Adarsha Vidyalaya Patherchpa Khymanidihi Jhankar spoke on different aspects of ecological crisis and sought the cooperation of all to make the environment a better one.
DFO Naik planted a Neem tree there in the presence of district Collector Ashis Thakre. Later school students planted trees in the school campus.
On the occasion, seven persons from different parts of the district were honoured with certificate and cash prize of `5,000 by the district Collector for their contribution to preserve forest and environment. 

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Saturday, June 3, 2017

NHRC TAUNTS ODISHA GOVT AGAIN, ASKS FOR ATR Saturday, 03 June 2017 | PNS | BALANGIR | in Bhubaneswar

NHRC TAUNTS ODISHA GOVT AGAIN, ASKS FOR ATR

 |  | BALANGIR | in Bhubaneswar
The National Human Rights Commission has once again asked the Director Special Project Odisha to submit additional information on rehabilitation of rescued bonded labourers of the State.
It has directed the Government Odisha to furnish the details of payment made to the released labourers along with proof of payment within six weeks falling which action may be taken against the concerned
officials. In its order dated May 22, 2017, the NHRC had expressed displeasure over non-submission of an action-taken report (ATR) of bonded labourer rehabilitation in Odisha.

It would be pertinent to mention here that the NHRC had taken suo moto cognizance after a report published in The Pioneer, entitled ‘Bonded labourers rescued, not rehabilitated on December 11, 2015 and had asked the State Chief Secretary to submit an ATR within four weeks on the matter.
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32 ELEPHANTS FOUND DURING CENSUS IN B’NGIR Saturday, 03 June 2017 | BALANGIR | in Bhubaneswar

32 ELEPHANTS FOUND DURING CENSUS IN B’NGIR
Saturday, 03 June 2017 | PNS | BALANGIR | in Bhubaneswar
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A total of 32 elephants were found in the Balangir Forest Division during the four-day Elephant Census-2017 which was carried out from May 9 to 12.
According to forest office sources, out of the 32 elephants, there are five adult males (tuskers), 20 females, four sub-adults and three calves.
While 31 elephants were sighted in the Salebhata section of the Loisingha Forest Range, only one was spotted in the Larambha section of the Patnagarh Forest Range.
The elephants were sighted at Gajar Munda (a big water body) near Nuniapali and Kesipali village under the Salebhata section and Larambha beat in the Patnagarh Forest Range.
A total of 25 Machans had been erected in the Balangir, Loisingha, Deogaon, Patnagarh and Lathore Forest Ranges for the elephant census.
DFO Rashmi Ranjan Nayak, ACF Goutam Naik, Honourary Wildlife Warden Sudhir Mishra; Loisingha Range Officer Nabin Nanda and Forester Sunil Mishra coordinated and monitored the census.


Friday, June 2, 2017

SUKTEL WORK STALLED AS LOCALS PROTEST Friday, 02 June 2017 | PNS | BALANGIR | in Bhubaneswar

SUKTEL WORK STALLED AS LOCALS PROTEST
Friday, 02 June 2017 | PNS | BALANGIR | in Bhubaneswar
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The Lower Suktel Irrigation Project work in Balangir district came to a halt on Thursday as the project-displaced people staged a dharna at the site demanding their earliest rehabilitation and revision of the compensation package as per the Land Acquisition Act.
The agitators demanded that the project construction activities be stopped till fulfilment of their demands.
The agitation was staged under the banner of the Lower Suktel Mahila Mahasangha.
Notably, the district administration had earlier promised them to fulfil their demands by May 31 but failed to do so.