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Odisha: BJP Calls for a 12-Hour Bhubaneswar Bandh on Dec 21 over Mayor “Sex Scandal”

Bhubaneswar: The district unit of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has called for a 12-hour Bhubaneswar bandh on December 21 demanding a probe over Bhubaneswar Mayor, Anant Narayan Jena’s alleged “sex scandal” tape and alleged role in the mysterious death of an engineering student.

Addressing a press meet at the state BJP headquarters the Bhubaneswar district unit President Maheswar Khuntia said called on Wednesday it will be a dawn to dusk bandh. Essential services like hospitals, chemists and ambulance services will remain unaffected.

BJP Party Vice-President Sameer Mohanty also informed that a “chakka jam” programme was successfully organised on Monday across 103 out of 112 Notified Area Councils (NACs) and civic bodies for two hours.

Odisha: Encroachments a Menace for the Smart City Bhubaneswar

It is not possible for a chief minister of a state to keep track of what is happening in every nook and corner of the city he lives in. But if the officials of the local Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) and also the Bhubaneswar Development Authority (BDA) don’t enforce the rules and laws; it ultimately benefits a handful of people but antagonises a majority of population. Now can the chief minister turn a blind eye to it?

For instance, the PWD, BMC and BDA take utmost care to repair and construct roads, drains and other infrastructure of areas developed by the government. Especially the localities which constitutes of government offices, quarters, bunglows, govt. allocated plots and housing schemes or the major roads of the city. They also keep these areas more or less encroachment free.

But when it comes to areas which are held by private individuals or developed by developers are the most neglected. For example localities in GGP Colony, Jharpada, Laxmisagar, VSS Nagar, Cuttack road, Buddheswari colony, Old town, Gandamunda, Khandagiri and many other places don’t get similar attention. The maps of road of these areas submitted or available with the BDA or BMC don’t match with the physical existence of the same. Roads have either shrunk or disappeared. Similarly drains and parks in such areas exist only in files but in reality such places have either been encroached by individuals or by groups of people and being put to commercial use to earn money out of it.

Every lane and by-lane in Bhubaneswar has one or more illegal encroachment. And such individuals who have encroached are either backed by a local political worker or the local municipal councillor. They use all the tricks to silence any resistance against the encroachment from the local residents. Such encroachments which go unreported have either blocked roads making it a dead end or blocked roads connecting to another road. All of this results in inconvenience to thousands of people residing in a particular locality. Blocking of roads and drains cause artificial flood during heavy rains but the authorities never bother.

Another major encroachment that can cause problems in the near future is the encroachment of the taladanda canal flowing through the city. Slums in form of pucca houses have come up on the bed of this canal which can cause man-made floods. At some places it is choked the reason being garbage dumping. One such canal bed encroachment is clearly visible near Jagannath Nagar which begins from the front of Jagannath Enclave in Jharpada area and stretches towards GGP colony.

Since the officials ignore encroachments or indulge in corrupt practices to overlook encroachments it will only complicate matters in future. Illegal construction of apartments and demolition order later has already put the government in a dock. Before things go out of hand BDA and BMC should identify all the lanes and by-lanes which have encroachments within the city. The BMC constructs roads in these localities but overlooks encroachments and this must stop. A further woe is that the government allows roads to be owned by private individuals or developers. This gives scope to individuals and developers sell off existing roads that can obstruct entry and exit to residential localities or individual plots of land.

To make matters worse the local councillors or political workers of whichever political party they belong to, fail to understand that helping one single encroachment can draw ire of hundreds. Even a popular UPA government was down to 44 seats in the parliament because of many wrongs they indulged in during their rule. Lessons need to be learnt from this burning example. Streamlining the system and enforcement of law strictly will hurt a few but will benefit thousands. And it needs to be done soon.

One should never forget old proverbs because they never go wrong “a stitch in time saves nine”.

Editorial

Winter Session of Odisha legislative Assembly Begins with Disruption

Bhubaneswar: The winter session of of Odisha Legislative Assembly began with disruptions from the main opposition Congress party. Noisy scenes were witnessed as the Congress Chief Whip Tara Prasad Bahinipati with other Opposition legislators stormed to the well of the assembly demanding suspension of question hour.

Justifying the disruption the leader of the opposition Narasingh Mishra pointed out that there is a provision of suspension of question hour to discuss urgent matters like the death of children due to Japanese Encephalitis (JE). And matter of grave concern since over 100 children have died due to JE. And subsequently the house was suspended by the speaker due to the ruckus.

In the commotion after two adjournments on the first day Odisha Finance Minister (FM) Pradeep Amat presented the first Supplementary Budget for the current fiscal, 2016-17 in the Assembly. The Supplementary Budget estimate is pegged at Rs 6014 crore. The Supplementary Budget was approved by the cabinet on November 23.

According to the supplementary budget Rs 795.95 crore has been allocated for the Antyodaya Anna Yojana (AAY) and a total of Rs 5150.94 crore was allocated for other projects.

Reports suggest Rs 2875.04 crore has been allocated for Infrastructural Development, Rs 300 crore for establishment of 33/11 KV electricity substations, Rs 200 crore for Biju Setu Yojana and Rs 40 crore for Mukhya Mantri Sadak Yojana. Similarly, Rs 150 crore has been allocated for Rural Water Supply project, Rs 438.40 crore for Rural Infrastructure Development Fund (RIDF), Rs 681.20 crore of Irrigation Development, Rs 210 crore for Barrage construction and Rs 250 crore for Mega Lift Irrigation Project. Further Rs 147 crore was allocated for Urban Development project, Rs 50 crore for Urban Water Supply Project, Rs 50 crore for Urban Sanitation, Rs 174.47 crore for social sector and Rs 50 crore for Mamata Yojana.

Tomorrow on Friday the assembly will remain closed due to the ongoing Make in Odisha conclave. The chief Whip of the ruling BJD party proposed that in the assembly that the lawmakers should attend the conclave so that they can educate the people about it. And it was unanimously decided by all members and the speaker of the assembly agreed to suspend the session to be held on Friday.

Odisha: Special Court Orders 5 years Sentence to Chit Fund Company MD

Bhubaneswar: In the first conviction of ongoing chit funds cases the Special Chit Fund court in Cuttack on Tuesday sentenced the Managing Director of Shirdi Sai Real Estate Private Limited chit fund company to 5 years jail term.

Prakash Chandra Panda, MD of the chit fund firm along with 5 years of jail and ordered him to pay Rs 3 lakh as fine.

Panda was arrested by Economic Affairs Wing (EOW) for duping investors money and case was registered and finally convicted by the Special Court.

Odisha: Court Grants Bail to Manoj Nayak of SUM Hospital; ED Investigation Still Looms

Bhubaneswar: Manoj Nayak the owner of SUM Hospital was on Friday granted bail by the Khurdha Additional District Judge-II. Earlier Manoj was arrested in connection with the fire tragedy which claimed 29 lives and faced legal proceedings and was sent to jail. Nayak had sought bail after the two-day police remand ended on October 24 and the law enforcement department did not press for further custody.

According to sources the court today granted Nayak conditional bail on a surety bond of Rs 1 lakh and two guarantees. The bail order was reserved after the hearing of his plea ended on Thursday. He has been released from the Special Jail at Jharpada in the city on Friday evening.

Problems for Nayak is far from over since the Enforcement Directorate (ED) is yet to investigate the money laundering case against SUM hospital and Sikshya O Anusandhan Charitable Trust (SOA) charitable trust run by him. Sources say ED have sought details of financial transactions of the university and the hospital from 2005 to 2016.