Thursday, January 29, 2015


Friday, 30 January 2015 | PNS | BALANGIR | in Bhubaneswar

Villagers of the Lower Suktel Irrigation Project area at Khuntpali, Koindapali, Pardhiaapali, KagsaBhal and Barpudgia on Thursday staged a road blockade near Barpudgia on the Balangir-Patnagarh road in different phases for nearly three hours, as a result of which vehicular movement was hit badly. The agitating villagers demanded implementation of the Land Acquisition Act of 2013 and payment of compensation to them as per the Act.

They withdrew the Rasta Roko after an hour-long discussion with Balangir Sub-Collector Bimal Prasad Mohanty, SDPO Narayan Naik and Additional SP B Yugal Kishore. The villagers had also staged a daylong Rasta Roko on Wednesday. In another development, in view of the Water Resources Secretary Pradeep Jena’s visit to Balangir on Thursday and his expected talks with the project-affected villagers, police detained around 20 people before releasing them later.

A triangle on the tree-By SudhirMishra/Bolangir.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Malnutrition high among kids going to Anganwadi hubs’: news in The Orissa Post dated 28thJanuary 2015

‘Malnutrition high among kids going to Anganwadi hubs’
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Bolangir, Jan 27: Even as the government is striving to improve the nutritional level of children through various measures, including Anganwadi centres, an assessment of the status of malnutrition among Anganwadi going children in 30 gram panchayats of six tribal-dominated districts — Balangir, Nuapada, Sambalpur, Mayurbhanj, Koraput and Sundargarh — of Orissa by Voice for Child Rights Odisha (VCRO), a state-level civil society alliance working to protect and promote child rights with the support of network partners, has revealed a different picture.

As per VCRO’s findings, malnourishment stands at 28.5 per cent among children in the 1-2 years category, followed by 25.7 per cent in the 2-3 years category. The assessment also found malnutrition among 19.1 per cent, 15.7 per cent and 11 per cent of children among the 4-5 years, 3-4 years and less than 1 year categories. It was found that 13.2 per cent of eligible children are out of the Anganwadi net which is a cause for major worry. After 40 years of implementation of the Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) scheme, its benefits still haven’t reached all children.
As per the survey, 28 per cent of the enrolled malnourished children are not attending Anganwadi regularly, and 40 per cent are under severely malnourished category in January to March 2014 quarter. This reduced to 24 per cent during the last quarter of assessment, October to December 2014. However, the prevalence of malnourishment among the 1-2 years
category has remained dominant in all quarters. Nutrition supplements at Anganwadi hubs have not been able to check malnutrition as the number of children under ‘yellow category’ has increased. In all, 53 per cent of children reportedly did not receive any additional nutrition in the first quarter. This has increased to 60 per cent by the end of the fourth quarter.
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Monday, January 26, 2015

Republic Day observed with a pledge to preserve traditional paddy seed in Gaisillet Bargarh.

Republic Day observed with a pledge to preserve traditional paddy seed in Gaisillet Bargarh.
Bolangir ;Members of Ahinsha club observed  the 66th Republic day on Sunday at village- Jamutbahal in Padampur block of Bargarh district with a pledge to protect traditional paddy seed and millet. We displayed the traditional paddy seeds there and hoisted the nation flag. On this occasion along with school children and villagers, we resolved  to protect, preserve traditional paddy seeds and minor millets which is gradually becoming extinct thanks to the popularisation ,promotion of High yielding and hybrid paddy seeds by seed companies and others in our country says SibaPrasadSahuof AhinshaClub Bhutibahal. 

Migrant woman/children observed Independence Day in brick kiln of Greater BhubneshwarSudhir Mishra/Bolangir 26thJanuary2015

Sudhir Mishra/Bolangir 
Migrant woman/children observed Independence Day in brick kiln of Greater Bhubneshwar
Bolangir ;For the first time, two migrant working women, hoisted the National Tricolour flag on in  a brick kiln at Balianta ,near Bhubneshwar on Sunday and migrant children sang National song and teaching learning materials like slates, notebook and other items were given to them, by member of the Zilla Parishad of the Balianta block, Krishna Chandra Jena on this occasion.

The event was observed  at one of the Child Care & Learning Centres (CCLC) out of the 20 CCLCs run by Aide et Action in the Greater Bhubaneswar region for the children of migrant workers, to provide them safe, healthy and a learning environment at a worksite situation. The main objective behind celebrating the day by and with the migrant kids was to impart knowledge to them about the importance of the day in the history of India and also to create an opportunity for their enjoyment and bring smiles on the face of many,Says SarojBarik of Aide et Action.Bhubneshwar.

These migrant children while migrating to brick kilns ,other parts of the State and the country miss out on their education, their identity thus becoming an invisible and undocumented part of the society. It is to make these children visible and to make them access their rights,  Migration Information Resource Center (MIRC,) Aide et Action planned to organize the event so as to let children be part of the celebration and feel their importance within the society, Barik Says further.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Tortured women seek arrest of hubby,in laws-News published in TheOrissa Post dated 26thJanuary2015

News published in The Orissa Post


Monday, 26 January 2015 | SUDHIR MISHRA | BALANGIR | in Bhubaneswar
Vandana Kar here threatened to go for self-immolation before the Naveen Nivas if her husband and in-laws of Jagatsinghpur district were not arrested for dowry torture, sexual exploitation and attempt to kill her.Addressing mediapersons in Balangir on Sunday morning, Vandana said that since day one of her marriage, her husband Diptabhanu had been torturing her for dowry. “I informed my in-laws about this but they remained silent; rather they too started torturing me and told me to bring more money in dowry,” Vandana said.
As I found the situation there intolerable, I returned to my parental house at Balangir on April 28, 2014. Subsequently, neither my in- laws nor my husband contacted me. However, before snapping all my ties with my husband, I decided to visit my husband’s official residence at Talcher on December 1, 2014. Seeing me there, my husband became infuriated and assaulted me with one of his relatives too. However, I was rescued with the help of social activist Rita, Vandana described. Vandana said that she was shocked when she got a notepad and other evidence of her husband’s illicit relation with another lady there.
“I filed an FIR in Bolangir town police station and my statement was recorded only on January 15. In the meanwhile, the accused got enough time to get anticipatory bail thanks to the laxity of police. Whenever I met the SP and sought justice, the SP immediately directed the investigating officer to arrest the culprit but the culprit was not arrested,” Vandana stated.
“They have ruined my career, my life and I am traumatised. I had planned for self immolation on January 26. However, I have put it up for the time being. I want my husband and in -laws to be in jail. If that is not done, I shall set myself on fire before the Naveen Nivas,” said Vandana Kar. She was accompanied by advocate Promod Mishra and his brother Jayadev Kar during the meet. Meanwhile, the Balangir police have denied any laxity in the case. “A case has been registered in this connection under Section 498(A)/307/506/34 and Section 4of DP Act. An investigation at the preliminary level indicates that the allegations are true,” said Balangir SDPO Narayan Nayak.


Friday, January 23, 2015

STUDENTS FORM HUMAN CHAIN FOR AGRI VARSITY Saturday, 24 January 2015 | PNS | BALANGIR | in Bhubaneswar

Saturday, 24 January 2015 | PNS | BALANGIR | in Bhubaneswar
Demanding setting up of an agriculture university in Balangir, college students, representatives of different organisations and public at large of the town participated in a human chain held here on Friday, which started from the main Post Office to the Government Bus-Stand. “We are staging the human chain to press for fulfilment of our demand for setting up an agriculture university in Balangir.
Ever since merger of Balangir in Odisha State, we have been losing a lot. All the major institutions are being set up outside Balangir. It is satisfying that today people cutting across political lines have come out in support of the demand for setting up an agriculture university here,” said Pramod Mishra of the Krishi Vishwavidyalaya Kriyanusthan Committee.
“Unless the Government fulfils our demand, we will intensify our agitation in future and a delegation will go to Bhubaneswar to meet Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on the issue,” Mishra said. It may be noted that Balangir MP Kalikesh Singh Deo, Rajya Sabha member AU Singh Deo, Balangir MLA Narasingha Mishra, Loisingha MLA Jogendra Behera, Titilagrah MLA Tukuni Sahu and Kantabanji MLA Ayub Khan have also demanded setting up of an agriculture university in Balangir on several occasions earlier.




BOLANGIR;  Demanding  for setting up an agriculture university in Bolangir, people, college students ,representatives of different organisations of the town, participated in the human chain held in Bolangir today morning ,which started from main Post office to government Bus stand .
We are staging the human chain to press for fulfilment of our demand for  setting up an agriculture University in Bolangir. Ever since merger of Bolangir in “OdishaState” we have been losing a lot. All the major institutions are being set up outside Bolangir. It is satisfying that today, people cutting across political line  have come out in support of the demand for setting up an agriculture university here, says Promod Mishra of KrishiVishwaVidyalaya Kriyanusthan committee .
Unless the government fulfil our demand we would intensify the agitation in future and a delegation would go to Bhubneshwar to meet the Chief Minister NaveenPattnaik  on this issue,Mishra says further.
It would be pertinent to mention here that few days ago  Bolangir MP  Kalikesh Narayan Singhdeo met  NaveenPattnaik and submitted the demand of Bolangir people to set up the agriculture university in Bolangir.Besides MPKalikeshSingdeo Rajya SabhaMember,AU Singhdeo,Bolangir MLA NarsinghaMishra, LoisinghaMLA Yogendra Behera, Titilagrah MLA Smt Tukuni Sahu,and Kantabanji MLA  AYubKhan has also demanded setting up agriculture University in Balangir on several occasions earlier.


Thursday, January 22, 2015

A village pond By SudhirMishra/Bolangir(India/ 22nd January2015

A village pond 
By SudhirMishra/Bolangir(India
Picture taken from inside moving bus from Samsung mobile 
Time 720am /22nd January2015

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

MAKE EFFORTS TO PRESERVE BALANGIR ARTS, CULTURE’ Wednesday, 21 January 2015 | PNS | BALANGIR | in Bhubaneswar

Wednesday, 21 January 2015 | PNS | BALANGIR | in Bhubaneswar

All-out efforts should be made to preserve the arts and culture in our area so that they would not be lost in oblivion. And the Balangir Lok Utsav is providing a platform to local dance and drama artists to display their talents. This was observed by speakers on the first day of the annual festival here on Sunday. Minister of Housing and Urban Development Pushpendra Singh Deo appreciated the efforts of the organisers of such a cultural programme and hoped that the festival would go a long way in promoting the rich arts and culture of the area.
Rajya Sabha member AU Singh Deo informed that a walkway project for the Kosal Kalamandal has been sanctioned. Moreover, for beautification of Balangir town, a city forest plan is on the anvil. The Forest Department would give land for the proposed city forest, where there would be facility for people to relax in natural surroundings. “I am ready to support any party, be it Congress, BJP and any other, if they work for development of Balangir, said Singh Deo.
Film director Sabyasachi Mahaptra, addressing the gathering, said late Balangir Maharaja and Chief Minister Rajedra Narayan Singh Deo was a Chhou dancer, played football with people, established the printing press, x-ray machine and drafted the constitution of the Kosal Kalamandal for development of arts and culture.
Among others, Patnagarh MLA KV Singh Deo, district Collector M Muthukumar and SP Dr Deepak Kumar and Zilla Parishad President Bijay Pradhani spoke on the occasion. A souvenir of the festival was released and artist of film Sala Budha  Atal Panda and others were felicitated. Dhamesa dance, Jodi Shankha and many other cultural shows were displayed on the first day.


Monday, January 19, 2015

15th Bolangir LOK Ustav formally kicked up inBolangir.;By SudhirMishra/Bolangir

 15thLOK Ustav formally kicked up inBolangir.
Bolangir ;An all out effort should be made to preserve art/culture in our area so that it would not be lost in oblivion and the Bolangir LOk Ustav is providing a platform to local dance and drama player/artist to display their art here. This was observed by speakers on the first day of BolangirLOkustav 2014-15 on Sunday.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Balangir Mahotsav kicked offMonday, 19 January 2015 | Pioneer | in Bhubaneswar

Monday, 19 January 2015 | Pioneer | in Bhubaneswar
Balangir Mahotsav kicked off
Balangir: District Collector M Muthukumar on Sunday initiated the 15th Balangir Lok Mahotsav by performing Puja and hoisting the festival flag at the Kosal Kala Mandal. A theatre march led by the Collector and others, in which artists and different cultural troupes participated, went through the town.

One of my mobile picture selected as cover page of ClICK ,A group onFacebook.SudhirMishra/ Bolangir18thJanuary2015

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Saturday, January 17, 2015

The green jack-fruit by SudhirMishra/Bolangir

10 Kids among 12affected by Jaundice inBolangir News in TheOrissa Post an English daily published fromBhubneshwar


Bolangir LOK-USTAV2015 from Sunday. Will continue for four days (18th to 21January2015)

 These photographs were taken on  17thJanuary2015, while the stage preparation For BolangirLok Ustav 2014-15was going on.Executive Officer of BolangirMuincipality Santosh Behera in a thoughtful/pensive   mood seeing the stage preparation and SDPO Narayan Naik, while overseeing the police arrangement is having a chat with him.

Bolangir LOK-USTAV2015 from Sunday.
Will continue for four days (18th to 21January2015)

Bolangir ;The four day annual cultural extravaganza of Bolangir ,Bolangir Lok Ustav organised by LokUstav Samiti Bolangir along with department of Culture government ofOdisha and ORMAS, would start from tomorrow and will conclude on  21january 2015.
During these four days, cultural troops from different district of the state and outside state are going to exhibit their art. This was announced to media men by Chairman ofLokUstavSamiti Bolangir and DistrictCollector,  DrM.Muthukumar today morning.
Cultural dance troops from outside states namely Bihu fromAssam ,Kuchhipudi fromAndhra Pradesh,  and  from other states including TamilNadu, are going to display their dance, besides the local dance of different district. A total of 240stalls would be opened in the Lok Ustav. Sand art of SudamPradhan of would display in the lokUstav says District collector MMuthukumar further.

Friday, January 16, 2015

RanjiTrophy Match between Rajasthan and Odisha to held from 21January (inGandhistadium)Bolangir.Match would conclude on 24th


RanjiTrophy Match between Rajasthan and Odisha to held from 21January (inGandhistadium)Bolangir.
Match would conclude on 24th
Bolangir; For the first time in the cricket history Bolangir,  a four day Ranji trophy match, organised by District Athletic Association and Odisha Cricket Association,  between Rajasthan and Odisha, is going to be played from 21st  to 24January at Gandhi stadium in Bolangir.
Addressing media persons AshirbadBehera, Secretary of Odisha Cricket Association informed that that the curator BCCI east zone, has described the of pitch of Gandhi stadium is good. Bolangir has already produced three national level women cricketer MaduriMehta,RoshanaraParbin and SaritaMeher. And it has motivated other women players’ ofOdisha. A women cricket academy would be set up in Bolangir and hopefully within a year. I would take up this case once the BCCI convenes its meeting. Last year first T-20match was held and CKNaidu trophy was also held here .
Now Ranji trophy is going to held and if the other conditions of test match and international matches are fulfilled here then holding of such matches could be think of.SaysOCA Secretary AshirbadBherea while thanking Secretary of District Athletic Association Harinarayan Pujhari (Nari) for his continuous effort preparing the stadium for this match.
Earlier president of District Athletic Association Sri Srikara Mishra welcomed the guest and informed that Rajsthan team would arrive by tomorrow evening and Odisha cricket team is expected to arrive by 18thevening.  

This Ranji Match has elated many cricket players here. I played Ranji trophy in Cuttack in 1991-93, besides Sanjya Behera. Already women cricketer has brought fame for Bolangir at national level .I hope this Ranji match would it would-be an inspiration for young cricket players, says former cricketer Surya Mishra, who is now a Ranji match player selector. 

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Migrant’s son brought backJanuary 14, 2015

Migrant’s son brought back On January 14, 2015. No commentsPost News NetworkBolangir, Jan 14: Migrant labourer Lalit Budek’s son Sritam Budek, who was detained in a brick kiln of Andhra Pradesh, was brought here from that state Wednesday morning by a team of police and labour officials.
foto-1- Dadan SramikSritam’s parents, Lalit and Jayanti Budek of Birkel village in Loisingha block, had migrated to work in a brick kiln at Sidkamal Narsinghpattnam of Andhra Pradesh in October 2014. As Lalit’s health deteriorated in the brick kiln, he sought permission from the kiln’s owner to return home, but was refused permission. Finally, Lalit and his wife returned to Bolangir for treatment, but had to leave behind Sritam in the kiln.As Lalit became weak after an operation and could not do hard labour, he couldn’t go back to the brick kiln again. Lalit and Jayanti requested social worker Lalit Nayak who appealed to the district administration to help rescue the detained child.Bolangir police after the intervention of additional SP Yugal Kishore, registered a case and sent a team of labour officials, including ALO Dileshwar Khaka and ASI Lingaraj Seth, to Andhra Pradesh.“We went to Andhra Pradesh and contacted the local police and labour officials there and with their co-operation, we could bring back the child,” a police official said.“The brick kiln owner was giving Rs 20 for carrying 500 bricks. At times, I also had to bring petrol for vehicles. I missed my parents and sister very much,” Sritam said. Sritam, on reaching Bolangir, met his parents and sister after two months and the reunion scene was moving. “I thank the district administration for such prompt action. Efforts should be made so that in future such incidents are not repeated,” Nayak said.

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78 migrant labourers ‘rescued’ in BalangirFriday, 16 January 2015 | PNS | BALANGIR | in Bhubaneswar

78 migrant labourers ‘rescued’ in Balangir
Friday, 16 January 2015 | PNS | BALANGIR | in Bhubaneswar
Police on Thursday claimed that they rescued as many as 78 migrant labourers from the Loisingha railway station in Balangir district when they were going to Atabira area in Bargarh district for labour work. The police also detained a labour contractor, Lalit Karmee of Attabira, for allegedly taking the labourers to the worksite.
According to reports, the labourers were being taken from Kandajuri and Buromunda area of Loisingha block in Balangir district and Dunguripali block of Sonepur district. Balangir District Labour Officer MM Paikray and Loisingha police team reached the spot and verified papers of the labourers. After verification, the labourers were told to migrate only after registering themselves in their respective panchyat offices through valid license holders. Later, the labourers were left in their respective villages, informed an official.
Sources said the labourers were not going outside the State, so the police or the Labour officer could not call the labourers as Inter-State migrant labourers. Notably, 384 migrant labourers had earlier been rescued in three instances in Balangir district in December last. At least 307 migrant labourers were rescued from a garden in Kudebhatta village under Belapada block, of whom 103 were men, 118 women and 86 children.
In another incident, at least 51 migrant labourers were rescued from Onrabad Chhak in the sub-divisional town of Patnagarh in the district. The rescued labourers from Paikamal in Bargarh district included 13 women and 12 children. Besides, district administration officials had rescued 26 migrant labourers from Lunahandi village under Belpara block in the district.

MP inaugurates community hall in B’ngirThursday, 15 January 2015 | Pioneer | in Bhubaneswar


Thursday, 15 January 2015 | Pioneer | in Bhubaneswar
MP inaugurates community hall in B’ngir
Balangir: Balangir MP Kalikesh Singh Deo inaugurated a community hall built at Hatpadapada here on Tuesday. Speaking on the occasion, the MP said that the BJD Government is committed for development of Balangir. “My father Ananga Udaya Singh Deo and I have taken up the issue of setting of an agriculture university in Balangir months ago,” he said while speaking to mediapersons. The MP also inaugurated 11 other development projects in the town. 

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

WOMEN WRITE TO CM ON SUKTEL DAM PROJECT Tuesday, 13 January 2015 | PNS | BALANGIR | in Bhubaneswar

Tuesday, 13 January 2015 | PNS | BALANGIR | in Bhubaneswar

The lower Suktel Mahila Mahasangha has demanded implementation of the new Land Acquisition Act-2013 and immediate payment of compensation to people affected by the lower Suktel dam project.
In a petition to Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, the body demanded payment of compensation as per the New Land Acquisition Act-2013, construction work of the dam only after full payment of compensation to all people, declaration of all partially-affected villages as fully submerged village, issuance of identity card and priority to displaced people in Government and private sector jobs The displaced persons should be given ‘irrigated land’ as compensation to them, said a member of the body. The body held a meeting at Pardhiapali village on Sunday, where the villagers resolved to carry on their agitation demanding adequate compensation and justice to them.


Friday, January 9, 2015

B’NGIR BAR ASSN TO HOLD PLATINUM JUBILEE Friday, 09 January 2015 | PNS | BALANGIR | in Bhubaneswar

News in theEnglish daily The Pioneer
Friday, 09 January 2015 | PNS | BALANGIR | in Bhubaneswar

The 75-year-old Balangir District Bar Association  will celebrate its platinum jubilee on January 10 and 11.

The association had been formed in 1938 with founder members including late Kapileshwar Prasad Nanda, late Ajodhya Dash, late Dharma Chand Gupta and late Gobindra Chandra Mishra. This was announced to the media association president Pramod Kumar Tripathy here on Wednesday evening. During the jubilee celebrations, the association members who have completed 50 years of practice would be felicitated. Leader of Opposition in State Assembly and Balangir MLA Narasingha Mishra, is the Chairman of the Platinum Jubilee Celebration Committee. Several other committees have been formed to make the celebrations successful, Tripathy said.

Thursday, January 8, 2015

A beautiful yellow flower By; SudhirMishra/Bolangir

District Bar Association, Balangir, completes75years. Platinum jubilee celebration on 10thand11th of January 2015-

District Bar Association,  Balangir, completes75years.
Platinum jubilee celebration on 10thand11th of January 2015-
Leader of Opposition InOrissaAssembly Sri NarsinghaMishra is the Chairman of Platinum Jubilee celebration committee

Balangir; The District Bar Association Balangir is going to celebrate its platinum jubilee  on10thand11thJanuary2015, on completion of its 75years.
The Balangir Bar Association, was formed in 1938 with founder members, which includes  Late Kapileshwar Prasad Nanda, Late AJodyaDash,Late Dharma Chanda Gupta and late Gobindra Chandra Mishra, has completed 75years in the meanwhile.and the District Bar Association is going to observe its platinum jubilee celebration on10th and11January next. This was announced to media men by president of District Bar Association Bolangir, SriPromod Kumar Tripathy here on Wednesday evening. On this occasion BAR members (lawyers/advocates) those who have completed 50 years of practice would be felicitated.

Leader of opposition   in Odisha Assembly SriNarsinghaMishra is the Chairman of Platinum jubilee celebration committee and several other committees have been formed to make the celebration a successful one, Tripathy said further

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

B’NGIR DENIZENS STAGE DHARNA, SEEK AGRI VARSITY Wednesday, 07 January 2015 | PNS | BALANGIR | in Bhubaneswar

Wednesday, 07 January 2015 | PNS | BALANGIR | in Bhubaneswar
Denizens cutting across party lines and belonging to more than 50 organisations, including the Citizen Committee and Balangir Action Committee, under the banner of the Agriculture University Kriyanusthan Committee on Tuesday staged a dharna before the Collectorate here demanding establishment of an Agriculture University here. “Balangir is basically an agriculture-based district and its economy is dependent on agriculture and allied activities. Due to dismal situation persisting in the agriculture sector, farmers are migrating to other areas in search of work,” lamented committee members.
Alleging that no industry has been set up in this district since independence and most of Government setups like ORT and Government Printing Press, the members informed that people’s representatives including Balangir MP, MLA, Zilla Parishad members and councillors along with intellectuals have adopted a resolution regarding establishment of an agriculture university, which would help farmers grow in the district.
“We urge the Chief Minister to set up an Agriculture University as early as possible for the interest of the district,” said kriyanushtan committee’s Promod Mishra. Among others, Srikara Mishra, Gopalji Panigrahi, Saroj Panigrahi and Priyabrata Ratha spoke on the occasion. Later they submitted a memorandum to Chief Minister Naveen Pattnaik through the district Collector.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Bonded labourers were given rehabilitation assistance inBolangir (6thJanuary2015)by SudhirMishra/Bolangir ;49yet to get their assistance

News published intheEnglishdaily The Orissa Post,7thJanuary2015

Bonded labourers  were given rehabilitation assistance inBolangir.


 Bolangir; After waiting for more than three years, the released Bonded Labourers were given  their rehabilitations assistance money from district administration.

Project Director DRDA Bolangir,SriPabitra Mandal  gave away the cheque/Bank draft of rupees 19000/-to the rescued and released Bonded labour on 6thJanuar2015.
A labourer who is rescued and released as Bonded Labour from his worksite with Bonded labour release certificate, is entitled to receive a sum of rupess20000/as rehabilitation assistance as stipulated under Bonded Labour(System) Abolition Act of1976.While rupees 1000/-is given to the rescued Bonded labour labourers on the spot, the rest 19,000/-is given to the labourers after area socio economic planning proposal approved and sanctioned by Panchati raj department .

 In Balangir district there are a total of 527 Bonded Labourers. Already the 215Bonded labourers have been given assistance. The Bolangir district administration is going to disburse the rehabilitation assistance of 263bondedlabourers of Bolangir district
While on 6th January 162Bondedlaburers of Patnagarh,Khaprakhol, andBelpadawere given the rehabilitation assistance,
On the  8thof this month 101 Bondedlabourers of Muribahal, Tureikela, Loisingha,Bolangir and Saintala would be   given  assistance says on official here
It was first reported in The Pioneer and then put up before the NHRC camp inBhubneshwarinNov2014 and hearing the case NHRC directed the secretary Panchyati Raj department to immediately pay the money from own funds which  would be adjusted after receiving the  central assistance
The livelihood assistance plan has been prepared in consultation with beneficiaries and its implementation will be supervised /monitored by SEO and WEO of the concerned Block. A copy of livelihood plan has been kept with Block BDO, besides sending a copy of it to Panchyati Raj Department.
However this step by Bolangir district administration, civil society activist feels is “inadequate” and should be more comprehensive with a rehabilitation plan for their sustainable livelihood.
In  Bargarh district where all bonded labour families have been included in the social security schemes of the Government, the same is yet to be done in the district of Bolangir. The administration of Bolangir has failed to take up steps toward providing benefits like agricultural and homestead lands and other social security schemes as per the eligibility, to the bonded labour families, points out a social activist. The Bolangir district administration should prepare a comprehensive compressive rehabilitation assistance failing which they would likely to move to the NHRC again, says the social activist further.

Notwithstanding all this, other 49Bonded labourers have to wait for some time to get rehabilitation assistance