Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Another Balangir person dies due to ‘starvation’ Tuesday, 27 November 2012 21:47

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Tuesday, 27 November 2012 21:47
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Even as the controversy over the alleged starvation death of Annapurna Bagarti in Ward-15 of the Balangir Municipality has barely subsided, a report of an alleged starvation death of Lare Sahu (45) of Jalpankel village of Lathor gram panchayat in Khaprakhol block in the district on Saturday has come to light.
According to reports, Lare had migrated to Katapali village of Komna block of Nuapada district and was staying at that village for last few years with his mother and sister. He was managing the livelihood of his family by working in a dhaba.

However as he was afflicted with disease, he could not work properly and remained confined to his house and his family members managed to subsist by begging before he died on Saturday night.
Khaprakhol BDO Rajiv Behera told The Pioneer, “We had no information about the condition of Lare. Actually, he had migrated to Komna block of Nuapada district. Earlier, he was staying in a hut over a Gochar land of Jalpankel village in Lathor GP. His mother was getting widow pension from Nuapada district and they had gone to receive the pension a day before. We believe his death is due to a prolonged disease and neglect. Details of it will come out after the postmortem report is received.
Meanwhile, the Khaprakhol police are conducting an inquiry into the incident.

Balangir MP Kalikesh Narayan SINGHDEO with Union HRD Minister Sashi Tharoor

MP urges PM for medical college in B’ngir

Tuesday, 27 November 2012 21:45
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Balangir BJD MP Kalikesh Narayan Singh Deo has demanded setting up of a medical college at Balangir in view of the Union Government’s decision to establish 60 medical colleges in the country during the period from 2012 to 2017.
He, in a letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, has urged him to consider the request for medical college keeping in view the backwardness and poor health service facilities in this KBK region. Singh Deo has stated that as the Union Government has decided to allow Odisha four medical colleges out of the 60 during the Twelfth Plan period in partnership with the State Government, Balangir should be included in the list. Balangir is in the KBK region, where health conditions of the people are poor, he has pointed out.
The Balangir District Headquarters Hospital is facing infrastructure inadequacies though a lot of improvements have been made by the State Government. With a large number of patients needing healthcare, setting up of a medical college at Balangir would go a long way in this regard, said Singh Deo.
He has argued that setting up of a medical college would ease the severe shortage of medical professionals such as doctors and helping hands for medical care. Odisha has less number of Government medical colleges compared to the neighbouring States like Andhra Pradesh, West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Kerala and Maharashtra, he has pointed out.
In fact a medical college is more than an educational institution for local people in backward pockets. It serves as a hospital for secondary and tertiary health facilities providing better service and facilities for locals in backward region, he has further pointed out. It may be noted that though the State Government tried to set up a private medical college with funds from the Western Odisha Development Council (WODC), private promoters have been backing out from the project.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

MP demands NIT at B’gir for KBK growth

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Wednesday, 21 November 2012 20:39
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Balangir BJD MP Kalikesh Narayan Singh Deo has demanded setting up of a National Institute of Technology (NIT) at Balangir. He has written letter to Union Minister Human Resource Development (MHRD) MM Pallam Raju to consider his demand as Balangir is one of the most backward districts in the country.
While the district suffers from low human development indices, almost 70 per cent of its population lives below the poverty line.
Being in the impoverished KBK region, employment opportunities are limited, and there is little scope for economic development in the district, he has pointed out.
Singh Deo has also written to HRD Ministers of State Sashi Tharoor and Jitin Prasad, stating that during the Eleventh Plan period at least 10 NITs were sanctioned for different States of the country whereas Odisha was left out.
He has requested the HRD Minister to set up an NIT at Balangir to serve the interest of the students in the KBK region.
Way back in 1961, the Regional Engineering College, Rourkela was set up and it was converted into an NIT on June 26, 2002.
The institute offers undergraduate and postgraduate MCA courses. The NIT, Rourkela is the nodal centre for the National Technical Manpower Information System in Odisha.
However in the KBK zone, which is the most backward region in the country, is not having a centre of higher learning for science, engineering and other technical subjects, Singh Deo has lamented.
He has argued that an NIT in the KBK region would curb the migration of students to other districts of Odisha and other States in search of higher educational opportunities.
Presence of an NIT would also attract industries which would generate local employment opportunities and consequently lead to an all-round industrial, commercial and technological development of the region, Singh Deo has argued.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

YC seeks CM resignation over ‘hunger’ death Tuesday, 20 November 2012 21:19

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Tuesday, 20 November 2012 21:19
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The Congress activists led by President of Indian Youth Congress Balangir Lok Sabha Committee Akash Mishra, District Congress president Bhabagan Bagarti and Mahila Congress president Renuka Patra on Monday staged a dharna before the district Collectorate here demanding resignation of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik for the alleged starvation death of Annanpurna Bagarti in Ward-15 of the Balangir Municipality.
They also demanded a CBI inquiry into the irregularities and corruption in the Balangir Municipality. “It is unfortunate that Annapurna Bagarti died due to starvation because of the neglect and apathy of the district administration.
Had the administration acted swiftly, the tragedy would not have occurred,” said Akash Mishra. On the corruption in the municipality, he said that unless the district administration takes action against corrupt official within 10 days, a Balangir Bandh would be observed on the issue.
The unfortunate incident of hunger death has taken place in Ward-15, which is represented by the municipality’s chairperson Damayanti Bag. There has been massive corruption in the municipality in the purchase of different materials, said District Congress vice-president Laxman Meher. DCC president Bhagaban Bagarti said Annapurna died even though her condition had been reported to the district administration earlier.
Nobody from the administration responded to the appeal to save her, he added.
Earlier on Sunday, Leader of Opposition in the State Assembly Bhupinder Singh, who came here, had condemned the apathetic attitude of the district administration and stated that the Congress would raise this issue in the Assembly during its coming winter session.
The Youth Congress in a memorandum to the State’s Governor through the district administration demanded resignation of the Chief Minister holding him responsible Annapurna Bagarti’s death, a CBI inquiry into corruption in the Balangir Municipality and improvement of roads and sanitation of the town. Additional District Magistrate Sadhab Minz, when contacted, said the district administration has ordered an inquiry into the alleged starvation death. The exact reason behind the death would be known after getting the inquiry report, he added.