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State Government Undertakes Credit Rating of AMRUT Mission Cities in Odisha

Bhubaneswar: The Credit Rating process for the first time was carried out in the 9 Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT) cities of Odisha to assess the creditworthiness and how to improve the status by overcoming the deficiencies so that a potential investor have confidence in making long term investment.

Since Urban Local Bodies (ULBs) plays a critical role in the delivery of social, economic and infrastructure services including public health, sanitation, water supply, and maintenance of road networks such credit rating processes have become necessary to eliminate deficit in the delivery of various services. The rapid pace of urbanization over the last few decades has led to an increasing pressure on ULBs to ensure adequacy of the above services. Considering the current level of urban infrastructure and sharp increase in urban population, the need for strengthening and augmenting urban infrastructure becomes critical and requiring a large amount of investment.

The population of more than 1 lakh was in consideration for the rating and 9 cities of Odisha which include Bhubaneswar, Cuttack, Berhampur, Sambalpur, Rourkela, Puri, Balasore, Baripada and Bhadrak were included under the AMRUT Mission which requires large amount of investment in infrastructure development. In order to raise the fund by issuing Municipal Bonds from the open market the Credit Rating process was initiated in these cities.

The Credit Rating of Urban Local Body (ULB) is a comprehensive tool for assessment of creditworthiness and reliability of its debt obligations and also allows the rated city to show potential investors to make long term investment.

According to sources, in order to determine the credit worthiness of the ULBs of AMRUT Mission Cities of Odisha, 2 Credit Rating agencies were engaged in all the 8 AMRUT cities. In package 1 for the cities Rourkela, Berhampur, Sambalpur and Puri, ICRA Limited was engaged as the credit rating agency while in Package-2 for the cities of Cuttack, Balasore, Baripada and Bhadrak, Brickwork Ratings India Private Limited was appointed Credit Rating agency.

Sources also revealed that the final Credit Rating report has already been received for 7 cities by the Government. As per the report received by the Housing & Urban Development Department rating for Rourkela Municipal Corporation is IrBB. Similarly the ratings of Sambalpur Municipal Corporation, Berhampur Municipal Corporation, Puri Municipality, Balesore Municipality, Baripada Municipality and Bhadrak Municipality are IrBB-, IrBB, IrB+, BWR B+, BWR B+, BWR B respectively.

Now necessary steps will be taken in the Urban Local Bodies level to improve the creditworthiness so that in long runs funds can be raised by issuing Municipal Bonds, sources added.

The final Credit Rating for Cuttack is expected to be submitted by the mid of December 2016. For selection of Credit Rating Process for Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation is in progress.

The Credit Rating of Bhubaneswar City was made under the JnNURM scheme in 2013, where the city rating was BBB as stated by Housing & Urban Development Department.

Roadmap for Fire Safety Measures at Hospitals after Fire Broke out in SUM Hospital in Odisha

New Delhi: The Minister of State Health & Family Welfare, Faggan Singh Kulaste stated in a written reply in the Rajya Sabha here on Tuesday that though health is a State subject and as such no such information is maintained centrally. However, there are news reports of some fire incidents in hospitals in various States.

However, this Ministry has taken note of recent fire incident in a private hospital in the State of Odisha, the Ministry has issued advisory to all State/UTs on October 21, 2016 and also circulated provisions on fire safety in the Unified Building Bye laws 2016, Delhi and National Building Code for guidance or reference.

As informed by National Accreditation Board for Hospital and Healthcare  (NABH), NABH accredited hospitals are required to fulfill fire safety measures as per the Government  rules and regulations.   NABH has also informed that as on November 25, 2016 only 510 hospitals are NABH accredited.

Details of Accredited hospitals as on November 25, 2016

Sl. No. Name of State Hospitals Small Health care organizations      (hospital<50 beds
1 Assam 2 0
2 Andhra Pradesh 60 4
3 Bihar 2 0
4 Chattisgarh 3 0
5 Delhi 50 17
6 Gujarat 33 7
7 Himachal Pradesh 1 0
8 Haryana 19 6
9 Jharkhand 3 1
10 Karnataka 35 9
11 Kerala 32 5
12 Madhya Pradesh 10 3
13 Maharashtra 50 10
14 Manipur 0 0
15 Meghalaya 0 0
16 Nagaland 1 0
17 Orissa 6 1
18 Punjab 30 7
19 Rajasthan 15 0
20 Srinagar 0 1
21 Tamil Nadu 31 10
22 Uttarakhand 2 0
23 Uttar Pradesh 27 4
24 West Bengal 13 0
Total 425 85

Odisha Health Minister Resigns Four Days after SUM Hospital Fire Tragedy

Bhubaneswar: The Health Minister of Odisha Atanu Sabyasachi Nayak today on Friday sent in his resignation to the Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik. It is said to be a fall out after the fire tragedy which occurred in SUM hospital that claimed 25 lives.

After the incident there was a demand from various quarters for the resignation of the health minister. The ruling Biju Janata Dal (BJD) government was under tremendous criticism from the opposition parties, media, intellectual and members of the civil societies.

Later in the evening Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik confirmed about the development and informed the media that “Health minister Atanu Sabyasachi Nayak sent his resignation to me on moral grounds. I have accepted this and sent the letter to Governor,”

Reacting on the resignation issue of the opposition both the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Indian National Congress (INC) claim that the resignation has come after demand from various quarters and it has nothing to do with moral grounds.

Odisha: SUM Hospital Fire; Inability to Act Against Illegality has become the Norm of the Day

Lessons have not been learnt after various fire tragedies in hospitals and cinema house that has taken lives of hundreds in the country. Latest being the most tragic incident which happened in Odisha state capital Bhubaneswar. SUM hospital located in the outskirts of the city was on fire which claimed 20 lives.

Unfortunately the fire started due to a short circuit on Monday evening at the dialysis ward and spread to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) located adjacent to the ward. Most unfortunate part of the incident is that all deaths occurred due to asphyxiation (suffocation). And post-mortem on the dead confirmed it. Eyewitness accounts claim that the deaths were due to negligence and delay in evacuation of the patients by the hospital authorities.

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Monday night itself had ordered for an RDC enquiry and had rushed to the spot after the incident occurred but his office has maintained a stoic silence after ordering the enquiry. The Director General of Police (DGP) Fire Services, Binay Behera conducted a preliminary enquiry and submitted a report on Tuesday after which four arrests have been made so far in the incident. The report said to have cited lapses by hospital authorities. On the contrary the State health minister who should have be pro-active in dealing with the situation seems to have gone into hiding and it raises serious doubt in the minds of the ordinary citizen.

Though various lapses have been identified which resulted in the fire but the sense of urgency seems lacking of the Biju Janata Dal (BJD) government in handling the issue.

While Manoj Nayak the chairman of the trust which owns the hospital remains evasive the action of the government and the police department seems to be under scrutiny for the slow progress over the incident.

Intellectuals have started questioning over why no action of criminal negligence has been taken against the trust chairman Nayak? Even reports in the media have surfaced that a relative of the health minister of Odisha is an employee of one of the educational institution run by the trust. The National Human Rights Commission is said to have issued notice to the Odisha government in this matter.

Since enquiry report has thrown light that the hospital was running without a fire safety no objection certificate (NOC), many eyebrows are being raised as to how a medical college and hospital continues to run which doesn’t fulfill basic safety norms.

Health, education, city planning and crime — inability to act against illegality has become the norm of the day in Odisha.

Editorial

President of India Condoles Loss of Lives at SUM Hospital Bhubaneswar

New Delhi: The President of India, Pranab Mukherjee has written to Dr. S.C. Jamir, the Governor of Odisha condoling the loss of lives due to a massive fire at the Institute of Medical Sciences and SUM Hospital in Bhubaneswar, Odisha.

In his message, the President said “I am sad to learn about the unfortunate massive fire at the Institute of Medical Sciences and SUM Hospital in Bhubaneswar, in which a number of persons have lost their lives and many others are injured. I understand relief operations are currently underway. My thoughts and prayers are with the injured and the families who have lost their near and dear ones.

I call upon the State Government and other agencies to take necessary steps to provide all possible help to the bereaved families as well as medical assistance to the injured. I am sure authorities will also take necessary measures to investigate the cause of the incident and put in place necessary remedial measures.

Kindly convey my profound condolences to the families of the deceased. I wish speedy recovery to the injured persons”.