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May 23, 2012

INDIAN MISSION TAKING OVER DEATH OF ODIA WORKER

Indian Mission taking action over death of Odia worker in Sri Lanka says Vayalar Ravi 23/05/2012

SIDDHARTHA SHANKAR MISHRA,BUREAU CHIEF,ODISHA
INDINO/THESE DAYS NEWS SERVICE:

Union Minister for Overseas Indian Affairs, Vayalar Ravi says Sri Lankan firm to pay Rs. 5 lakh as compensation to family of deceased Odia worker Manas Mallick. In a reply to the letter of Odisha MP Ramachandra Khuntia, Minister Ravi said that "Our mission in Colombo was asked to take appropriate necessary action in the matter."


Minister Ravi in his reply said that the Mission’s consular officials have been in touch with concerned agencies to ensure fair and proper investigation, redressal of immediate grievances, mediate for grant of compensation by the company, repatriation of mortal remains, etc.


It should be noted that an Odia worker Manas Mallick was killed in an accident at a steel plant in Sri Lanka on May 8. Manas Mallick (30), son of Balaram Mallick of Jajpur's Barapada village. He was working as an assistant fitter at ConFab steel private limited in Muddaragama.


He further written that, "All required formalities have since been completed to transport the mortal remains of late Mallick to India on 15“ May, 2012. The two brothers of the deceased who are also working in M/s C0nFab Steels will also be sent from Colombo on the same day, so as to position themselves to receive the mortal remains at the Bhubaneswar airport on the following day. The company’s management has also informed the Mission that they are awaiting necessary clearances from the Central Bank of Sri Lanka to pay a compensation of INR 5 lakhs directly to the bank account of the next of kin of the deceased. This would be in addition to the compensation payable by the insurance company, as stipulated in the agreement signed between the employee and the company. We are given to understand that this amount is likely to be about Sri Lankan Rs. 3 takhs, although payment could take close to a month, pending completion of formalities by the insurance company."


Ravi in his letter further ascertains that, "As regards the issue of ill treatment of Indian workers by the company, we have seized of the matter. With a view to address the serious shortcomings in the manner in which the managements was running the company (including unsatisfactory and unsafe working conditions), measures like placing of the company in the ‘Prior Approval Category’ (PAC) List was taken. It has been noticed that Indian workers enter Sri Lanka on Tourist or Entry visas, and subsequently regularize their visa status for employment, with the help of the company. Specific grievances/complaints by Indian workers are taken up with the company regularly for its redressal. Since 2010, the Mission has assisted in successful repatriation of 52 aggrieved workers from M/s Bhuwalka Steel (Sri Lanka) Ltd. and ConFab Steel (Pvt.) Ltd. the two companies in Sri Lanka. Between the two of them, they employ about 300 Indian workers."

May 20, 2012

Airport going to be International

Biju Patnaik Airport to be suitable for International Operations after renovation of terminal 21/05/2012
SIDDHARTHA SHANKAR MISHRA, BUREAU CHIEF,ODISHA
INDINO/THESE DAYS NEWS SERVICE:


Union Minister of Civil Aviation Ajit Singh said after commissioning of the new domestic terminal building, modification of the existing domestic terminal building will be undertaken to make it suitable for international operations. Minister Ajit Singh said this in Rajya Sabha in reply to question asked by BJD member Rabinarayan Mohapatra.


Minister Ajit Singh said that declaration of airport as international is subject to airport modernization underway. It includes construction of a new terminal building with all modern amenties including two aerobridges for handling 800 passenger at a time. He said that after commissioning of the new domestic terminal building, modification of the existing domestic terminal building will be undertaken to make it suitable for international operations.


Minister Singh said that the Indian carriers are eligible to operate the international operate the foreign destinations from any point in India as per the respective bilateral air services agreements with concerned foreign countries. However, actual operations by any airlines is always guided by its commercial judgment.


He said that, so far 17 airports have been declared as international in the country. The essential parameters to consider declaring of an airport as international inter-alia include international sector traffic potential, requirements of airlines, availability of international cargo complex and so other infrastructure facilities.

May 19, 2012

PARTY REBELS WERE WARNED BY AICC GENERAL SECRETARY JAGDISH TYTLER

PARTY REBELS WERE WARNED BY AICC GENERAL SECRETARY JAGDISH TYTLER 19/05/2012

SIDDHARTHA SHANKAR MISHRA,BUREAU CHIEF
INDINO/THESE DAYS NEWS SERVICE:


AICC general secretary and Odisha in-charge Jagdish Tytler arrives in Bhubaneswar on Saturday morning. He warned dissident party leaders for breaching party discipline. He said no one above party.


Tytler faults dissident MLA not to go to media over party internal affairs. He also criticized them for demanding resignation of PCC Chief Niranjan Patnaik. Earlier dissidence in the State Congress has reached its feverish pitch following a warning by the AICC leader and Odisha in-charge Jagdish Tytler to seven MLAs, the party leadership on Thursday sought to placate the dissent by preparing to hold a marathon meeting of the leaders of PCC and DCC and frontal organisations to find ways to bring about some improvement in the functioning of the party organisation at different levels for better electoral prospects.

In a letter, PCC vice-president Gurupada Nanda has urged chairmen of all frontal wings of the PCC, departmental cell chiefs, all PCC office-bearers and all DCC presidents to positively participate in the discussions at a meeting on May 19 at the party headquarters to thrash out a plan of action for overall improvement in organisational work in their respective areas.

The meeting to be presided over by PCC president Niranjan Patnaik, would be attended by Tytler.

However, stung by Tytler’s warning not to further indulge in indiscipline, some MLAs supporting party vice-president and president aspirant Lalatendu Bidyadhar Mohapatra on Thursday demanded Tytler’s resignation as Odisha in-charge, alleging that he had completely failed to galvanise the Congress organisation in the state.

They said that the party failed consecutively in four elections - Umarkote by-election, Kendrapada Municipality election, panchayat polls and, finally, the Athagarh Assembly by-poll– under the leadership of the present PCC chief and his mentor Jagdish Tytler, adding more glee to the heavily tainted Naveen Patnaik government.
On the other hand, PCC chief Niranjan Patnaik said that the young parties MLAs are getting impatient to see change in party fortunes. But it is not possible overnight. Considering the situation of the Congress in the State, it will take some more time to get concrete results, he added.

Patnaik, however, said that the Congress has to demolish the false image Naveen Patnaik and his BJD have created among the people and it will take time.

“To see change in the party’s fate every leader and every worker at each level must work in a right and dedicated manner,” he pointed out.

May 18, 2012

NAVEEN SUPPORTS SANGMA AS PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE

NAVEEN SUPPORTS SANGMA AS PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE 18/05/2012

SIDDHARTHA SHANKAR MISHRA, BUREAU CHIEF,ODISHA,
INDINO/THESE DAYS NEWS SERVICE:



The political masterstroke of Odisha Chief Minster Naveen Patnaik regarding presidential election hailed by leaders from BJD and NCP in state. It should be noted that CM Patnaik on Thursday announced that the BJD would support former Lok Sabha Speaker and NCP leader Purno A Sangma in the ensuing Presidential election.


The Odisha unit of Nationlist Congress Party (NCP) welcomed the decision of the BJD Chief to extend his party’s support to Sangma for presidential candidature.


NCP leader Amar satpathy and two other MLAs, Prashant Nanda and Ramachandra Hansda, expressed their gratitude to the Chief Minister for being the first ‘statesman’ in the country to announce his party’s support in favour of Sangma. They said Sangma, a tribal leader belonging to the Northeast is the fittest personality for the top post of the country as he had always functioned above politics, whether he was a Central Minister or Speaker of the Lok sabha. Other political parties should take cue form Naveen and show their magnanimity in supporting the candidature of Sangma, they said.


Earlier in the day CM Patnaik said that, “BJD will support PA Sangma for the President’s post”. Patnaik said, “He is the most appropriate candidate for the top post.”


Patnaik said he held discussions with his Tamil Nadu counterpart J Jayalalithaa and senior BJD leaders before taking the decision to back Sangma, who is a prominent tribal leader of the country. Patnaik told media that he had discussed the issue of supporting the candidature of Sangma with his senior party leaders including party senior vice-president and Finance Minister Prafulla Chanadra Ghadai, Health Minister Prasanna Acharya, Revenue Minister Surjya Narayan Patro, senior vice-president AU Singh Deo and frontal organisation chiefs- Mahila Biju Janata chief Pramila Mallick and BYJD chief Sanjay Dasburma who also expressed their support in favour of Sangma’s candidature.

May 16, 2012

Odia IFS Dr. Amarendra Khatua appointed as Ambassador to Argentina

Odia IFS Dr. Amarendra Khatua appointed as Ambassador to Argentina 14/05/2012

SIDDHARTHA SHANKAR MISHRA.BUREAU CHIEF,ODISHA

INDINO/THESE DAYS NEWS SERVICE:


Odia IFS Dr. Amarendra Khatua appointed as Ambassador to Argentina. Sources said he likely to join in new assignment from July 2012. Recently government of India appointed Dr. Khatua as special envoy to South Sudan and Sudan to broker peace between the two nations. He is currently working as an additional secretary in the Ministry of External Affairs.


Dr. Amarendra Khatua is a carrier diplomat. He did his graduation from Delhi University in 1978. He is a poet and has written several poems in Odia. Dr. Amarendra Khatua joined the Indian Foreign Service in 1981. He has worked as a Commercial Counsellor in Trade & Economic Positions in Spain, Pakistan, Russian Federation, Mexico and USA.


He has served as India’s Ambassador to Cote D’Ivoire and concurrently as Ambassador to Guinea and Liberia and as High Commissioner to Sierra Leone. He has also served in the Ministry of Commerce & Industry, Planning Commission and Ministry of Industry. He has been the Director (Finance), Ministry of External Affairs and worked in Finance Division, Northern Division, Latin America Division in the Ministry of External Affairs. India in the last week of March 2012 appointed Amarendra Khatua as its special envoy to South Sudan and Sudan to broker peace between the two countries. This was done with the objective of strengthening India’s pursuit of oil and other hydrocarbon resources in Africa.

Posco Chief will be meeting Odisha CM

Posco Chief will be meeting Odisha CM 16/05/2012

SIDDHARTHA SHANKAR MISHRA,BUREAU CHIEF,ODISHA
INDINO/THESE DAYS NEWS SERVICE:


POSCO chairman and managing director Choon-Kuhn Kwon to meet Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik in Bhubaneswar on Wednesday. During his meeting the State Government likely to seek a fresh detailed project report from Posco India concerning its proposal to downsize the proposed 12-MTPA steel project near Paradip in Jagatsinghpur district.


State Steel and Mines Minister Raghu Nath Mohanty said since the South Korean Ambassador to India, Kim Joong Keon had indicated that Posco could revise its plan and go for a smaller plant with reduced capacity instead of its original design of setting up a 12-MTPA steel mill if the situation did not permit to do so, the company was asked to give a fresh proposal so as to enable the Government to examine it and take necessary steps for renewal of the MoU and to provide land and other required infrastructural facilities.


He said every possible effort has been made by the State Government since the receipt of Stage-II clearance from the Government of India in May, 2011 to complete the process of handing over the balance required land. "Posco India needs to appreciate the difficult ground reality and should come forward with revised project proposal along with CSR activities to make it easy for the Government to resolve various issues pertaining to the establishment of the project," Mohanty said.


He said after the Government of India accorded Stage-II approval of diversion of 2959 acres of forestland, so fare 1,600 acres of forestland has been cleared and handed over to the IDCO to be taken over by Posco India.


Of the total land requirement of 4,004 acres as per the original design, he said, IDCO has already acquired over 2,000 acres of land and lease deed has been executed by the IDCO with Posco India for 558 acres of non-forest land and possession was also given. Around 1,500 acres of land is ready to be handed over to Posco, he said.


Mohanty said out of 3,567 acres of Government land in the plant site, both forest and non-forest action has already been completed with respect to 2,158 acres representing 60 per cent of the total Government land. For the balance land, the Government is making serious efforts through regular and continuous dialogue with the eight villages which are part of the ambitious Rs 52,000-crore FDI project.


Stating that the State Government is committed to peaceful industrialization process, he said continuous and systematic dialogue with all stake holders is undergoing at present to take possession of the balance land. Every effort is being made to address the emerging issues to reach an amicable settlement in a congenial atmosphere.


Mohanty said he had called for a high-level meeting to be held by the end of this month to review the progress in case the companies renewed MoUs. The State Government had signed MoUs with 50 companies for setting up of steel projects, of which as many as 35 companies had started production, Mohanty said.

May 10, 2012

ODISHA CM ON CHENNAI TOUR

ODISHA CM ON CHENNAI TOUR 11/05/2012

SIDDHARTHA SHANKAR MISHRA, BUREAU CHIEF,ODISHA
INDINO/THESE DAYS NEWS SERVICE:




Odisha Chief Minister arrives in Chennai on Thursday. Mr.Patnaik was received and greeted by Tamil Nadu Environment Minister BV Ramanna and members of Utkal Association of Madras at Chennai Airport.

Today CM Patnaik will attend the occasion of 'bhoomipuja' of Odisha Bhavan. Along with him, Tamil Nadu chief minister will grace the occasion. He will meet members of the Madras Odisha Association and also attend a function to mark the 76th Odisha day.


In evening CM Patnaik visited an exhibition on agriculture research at Swaminathan Foundation. Patnaik held discussion with the farmers of Jeypur and Koraput through video conferencing relating to the cultivation of Kalajira variety of rice under the guidance of the foundation. He discussed cultivation of kalajeera rice and seaweed.


During the video conferencing, the farmers of Jeypur area urged the foundation authorities to extend the cultivation of Kalajira variety paddy to other villages. At present, the foundation has undertaken the cultivation of the rice variety in 16 villages and signed a deal with the NAFED for procurement of the paddy produced in the area. The Chief Minister also urged authorities of the foundation to consider cultivation of sea weeds in saline water in the coastal areas in Odisha.


It should be noted that M.S. Swaminathan research foundation (MSSRF) has human resource development centre at Jeypore of Odisha. MSSRF at Jeypore has been engaged itself in the promotion of a non-basumati scented rice, Kalajeera, which is a shining example of how the traditional ones could be purified, made to yield more and fetch double the price of other varieties with proper market linkage. Promoting cultivation and value addition and providing drudgery free machines to the villagers will go a long way to promote cultivation of nutritious but neglected millets.


The efforts made by the foundation in 25 villages on bio-village, livelihood, organic agriculture, micro enterprises, water management and promoting off -season vegetable cultivation through summer irrigation are all measures taken to improve the living standards of the people.

May 08, 2012

CM CONDEMS THE KILLING OF ASI BY MAOISTS, DECLARES 8 LAKHS AS COMPENSATION

CM CONDEMS THE KILLING OF ASI BY MAOISTS, DECLARES 8 LAKHS AS COMPENSATION 09/05/2012

SIDDHARTHA SHANKAR MISHRA,BUREAU CHIEF

INDINO/THESE DAYS NEWS SERVICE:
BHUBANESWAR



The CPI-M extremists on Tuesday kidnapped a police sub-inspector from the Nuapada district and later shot him dead. The ASI was kidnapped while going to CRPF camp near Lodra.

Reports said that Assistant Sub-Inspector Kruparam Mahi’s bullet-ridden body has been recovered by the local police. Manjhi was kidnapped by the Maoists while he was on his way to a local market around 11 am today. While Majhi was taken into the custody of a group of more than 10 Maoists, they set free constable Dev Narayan Sahu, who was accompanying Kruparam. Majhi was posted at the Dharmbanda outpost in the Nuapada district.

Shortly after his kidnapping, the local administration officials rushed to the spot to assess the situation. However, it is still unclear whether Majhi was taken hostage by the home-grown rebels to secure release of some of their jailed top cadres or he was killed to avenge the recent encounter of their comrades by the local police.

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik condemns heinous killing of ASI Kruparam Majhi by Maoists. CM Patnaik assures to extend all possible help from Government. CM said that the state government will take strong action against the culprits of this barbaric incident.


Condemning the incident in the strongest terms, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik announced Rs 8 lakh as compensation and Rs 10 lakh towards insurance coverage for the family of deceased, special pension and job for at least one member of the deceased family.


It should be noted that abducted police officer Krupa Ram Majhi has been shot dead by suspected Naxals in Nuapada in Odisha. The police recovered Majhi's body from Nuapada. A team of 10 Maoists had abducted the ASI and had let off the constable accompanying him on Tuesday.

May 07, 2012

Odisha Govt heading to set up multi skill development training center

Odisha Govt heading to set up multi skill development training center 08/05/2012

SIDDHARTHA SHANKAR MISHRA, BUREAU CHIEF,ODISHA
INDINO/THESE DAYS NEWS SERVICE/BHUBANESWAR



Having set the target of training 1 million youths in various employable skills in coming five years, Govt has now initiated steps for establishment of international standard Multi Skill Development Centers ( MDC) in the state.


A high level meeting to this effect has been held under the Chairmanship of Chief Secretary Bijay Kumar Patnaik in secretariat conference hall today. The proposal for setting up of MDCs in the state was discussed in the meeting. There is a need of such centers in Odisha in backdrop of growing industrialization and commercial activities.


It has been decided that two such centers one at Jatani Khurda and the other at Berhampur, Ganjam will be set up in coming years. Chief Secretary has advised Employment and Technical Education Department to intensify activities in this direction. The meeting has also decided that such centers will be developed in association with German Technological expertise aids. The proposal for up gradation of 14 ITIs covered under PPP scheme at Cuttack, Dhenkanal, Takatpur, Baripada, Anandapur, Barbil,Chhatrapur, Umarkote, Malkangiri, Bargarh, Boudh, Bolangir and Khariar Road with technical expertise from German Technical aids was also discussed in the meeting. The possibility of utilizing their consultancy for developing newly coming up Government ITIs and Poly-techniques in Gajpati, Rayagada, Malkangiri, Deogarh and Sambalpur also figured in discussions.


It may be of worth mention that 2 nos. German multi Skill Development Centers are now successfully operating in the state of Karnataka- one at Bangalore and other at Gulberga. Those institutes are imparting training in skills like Automotive Mechatronics, Advanced Wielding, Electronics Design & Manufacturing, Industrial automation, Construction Technology, Tool Room & Training Center, Electrical & Electronics Maintenance, Refrigeration & Air-conditioning and IT.


A team of experts from Odisha have already visited those institutes to have a feed back from them. Chief Secretary Sri Patnaik has advised Director Technical Education to select the skills suitable for Odisha , work out all the technical details and present to Govt for necessary approval. The Development Commissioner R.N.Senapati, Pr.Secretary Finance J.K.Mohapatra, Pr. Secretary Revenue & Disaster management Taradatt, Head, CIPET P.C.Padhi along with other senior officials participated in discussions.

May 06, 2012

JUSTICE NAIDU COMMISSION SUBMITS INTERIM REPORT ON LIQUOR TRAGEDY TO THE GOVT

JUSTICE NAIDU COMMISSION SUBMITS INTERIM REPORT ON LIQUOR TRAGEDY TO THE GOVT 07/05/2012

SIDDHARTHA SHANKAR MISHRA,BUREAU CHIEF,ODISHA
INDINO/THESE DAYS NEWS SERVICE :-


The Justice AS Naidu Commission submits interim report on Cuttack-Khurda liquor tragedy of February to the State Government.

In the interim report the commission has made certain recommendations to the State Government like what measures to be taken to ensure that such tragedies do not recur in future.
In its order on the day, the commission informed that it has made certain suggestions in the interim report submitted to the Chief Minister. “It’s apt to mention here that the commission in its interim report has not expressed any opinion with regard to any latches or deliberate omissions and commissions of officers belonging to different departments,” the order said.

However, during its fourth sitting here on Sunday, the commission again came down heavily on the Government for not engaging a Government advocate till date to assist it in going ahead with its proceedings. Without waiting for the Government to act, the commission on the day appointed Pravat Ranjan Dash, a public spirited lawyer of the High Court, as amicus curie who would henceforth assist the commission.

Meanwhile, as directed, the two DCPs of Commissionerate police, S Praveen Kumar of Cuttack and Neetinjit Singh of Bhubaneswar, appeared personally before the commission and filed their respective affidavits. The commission, accepting the affidavits, exempted both officers from further personal appearances. “Only the investigating police officers involved in the tragedy shall appear before the Commission during its sittings,” the order further said.

The commission also received as many as seven more affidavits, including that of the two DCPs, taking the total number of affidavits it received till date to 57.

UNION MINISTER GULAM NAVI AZAD VISITS ODISHA

UNION MINISTER GULAM NAVI AZAD VISITS ODISHA 06/05/2012


SIDDHARTHA SHANKAR MISHRA,BUREAU CHIEF,ODISHA

INDINO/THESEDAYS NEWS SERVICE:

BHUBANESWAR:

“I have traveled to many places in India and abroad and come in interaction with many educational and health institutes, but I have never seen an institute like Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS), where 16,500 tribal students get education and all necessities of life free of cost”, said Shri Ghulam Nabi Azad, Hon’ble Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare. Shri Azad was on a visit to KISS on 5th May 2012 along with Shri Jagdish Tytler, Former Union Minister of State for Overseas Indian Affairs. During his visit to Bhubaneswar Azad spent 2 hour in visiting KIIT, KIMS and KISS. Showering lavish praise on Dr. Samanta, Shri Azad said that if he had applied his mind for his self interest, he would have been a billionaire already, he added.


Shri Azad, who is also National President of Gandhi Global Family (GGF), unveiled a statue of Gandhiji on behalf of Gandhi Global Family at KISS campus. It is not difficult for any visitor to KISS to know that individuals like Dr. Samanta are very rare in society, he said. Dr. Samant has fulfilled the dreams of Mahatma Gandhi through, he remarked. Students of KISS should draw inspiration from him as a role model, Shri Azad added. He also proposed a Mahasammelani at KISS campus on the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti this year.


Informing about National Rural Health Mission, the Union Health Minister said that Government is providing iron and folic tablets to all 13 crore school going students from age 9 to 18. The drop out girls can also get these medicines through ASHA, he informed.


Welcoming the guests to KISS campus, Dr. Samanta said that the country is fortunate to have a leader like Shri Ghulam Nabi Azad, who is a true follower of Gandhiji.

Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad will today attend a function at Utkal University. On Sunday Azad will review the progress of AIIMS-Bhubanswar and meet state Health Minster Prasana Achrya.

On the other hand Union Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh will today attend a function at IIT-Bhubaneswar. On Sunday he will visit Mayurbhanj and Keonjhar districts.
Among others, Dr. P. K. Patasani, Hon’ble Member of Parliament, Bhubaneswar and Dr. P. K. Routray, CEO, KISS were present.

May 05, 2012

WHO WILL BE THE NEXT PRESIDENT OF INDIA?

WHO WILL BE THE NEXT PRESIDENT OF INDIA?

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There are many in queue like APJ Abdul Kalam Pranab Mukherjee. Meira Kumar. Hamid Ansari. Sam Pitroda. NR Narayanamurthy. Farooq Abdullah to be the next president of India.

NCP supremo and Union agriculture minister Sharad Pawar said on Sunday that he was in favour of a non-political person as the next president of India to replace Oratiba Patil, whose five-year term ends this July. According to him a non political person should be an appropriate choice to become the President of Indian democracy.

If Pranab Mukerjee will be the option it seems that his loyalty is more towards a party or towards a particular leadership than the country. And if we talk about Sri Hamid Ansari, then everyone has seen him on the night when Jan Lokpal was being discussed in parliament on the last day of its session. If he wanted then he could have made it happen but his loyalty was not towards his country it was towards a particular party or towards a particular person. He is acting like a puppet of the hands of Sonia Ji and Rahul Ji.


As some parties want this post to work according to their own will, they don’t want any question to be asked on the matter in case an issue is put front of the President. These parties don’t want the President to apply his own discretion and logic. They want to impose their ideology and party views through the President. So they want a person on this post who is loyal to them more than the country and country's people, and parties have found that in crucial moments Dr Kalam cannot be approached against the interest of nation and countrymen.


What do these parties want? Despite such a big protest for Jan Lokpal they did learn any lesson. Do they want to make India another Syria or Egypt? Are they so intoxicated for the lust of power that they are ready to overlook the interests of the whole nation? When will they learn to serve the country?

Though, the Vice President should our next President, however, looking into real qualification of for the post, the former President Abdul Kalam should be on the top of the list. His only passion is to serve our country and people and he is well known nationally and internationally and he will promote India's interests globally.

Trust and pary all the political parties come together proposing Kalam for second presidential term, in the best interest of the nation. Dr APJ is a true visionary and a learnt person. As a scientist and ex President of India he made selfless and invaluable contribution to the country and upheld the name of the country. India never had a President like Dr APJ. He is a pure secular. Therefore, Dr APJ should be given a second chance as President since 99% people of the country are supporting hm. At last it is so happy that the politicians began to think positively. Please go ahead and nominate Dr APJ.

Dr. A P J Abdul Kalam has been elected earlier and I guess he would have caused many problems to the politicians. So these so-called nation well-wisher parties have realised the mistake and they don’t want to repeat the same mistake again. Otherwise, I don’t see any reason behind opposing Dr A P J Abdul Kalam’s candidature for presidential election. There is no comparison between Kalaam’s dignity, integrity and loyalty towards the nation and of anyone else. He also has to fulfill his own vision 2020 for the sake of the nation.



India will shine again if Ex President of India Dr.Abdul Kalam is re-elected as President of India. He is the most - fittest person for the post. His candidature will be approved by all because there is hardly any point that makes him unfit. He is a greatly renowned scientist and his work has been applauded in the world. His nomination and re-election would certainly add glory and grace to the post and India will enjoy his presence in the highest office og the country.

We should have a President who does not carry label of any political party or affiliated to any political agenda. People are so fed-up with corruption that they are thinking of the unthinkable. Yes, this simple down to earth man is the need of the hour. People need their children to look to someone of his stature as their ideal. He would remind the poor people's children around the country that every dream is achievable. He would remind them that honesty, dedication and hard work would definitely change the destiny of not only the person but those around him. He is a ray of hope in this current gloomy milieu. People of this great country need an inspirational figure badly at this juncture and he is the ideal candidature to inspire and bring the best amongst us.

SIDDHARTHA SHANKAR MISHRA,
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ODISHA GOVERNMENT WARNS FOREIGNERS TO ENTRY INTO MAOISTS AFFECTED AREA

ODISHA GOVERNMENT WARNS FOREIGNERS TO ENTRY INTO MAOISTS AFFECTED AREA 05/05/2012

SIDDHARTHA SHANKAR MISHRA, BUREAU CHIEF,ODISHA

INDINO/THESE DAYS NEWS SERVICE:



Odisha has decided to discourage visits by foreigners to Maoist-affected areas, Bhubaneswar, May 3 Odisha has decided to discourage visits by foreigners to Maoist-affected areas, Tourism Minister Prafulla Samal said Thursday.

“We will tell all the tour operators not to take foreign tourists, for the time being, to the areas which are sensitive,” he told reporters.

The state government’s move came after the Maoists abducted two Italians Claudio Colangelo and Paolo Bosusco from Kandhamal district March 14 and released them several weeks later after the government agreed to some of their demands.

Colangelo and Paolo were released March 25 and April 12, respectively. The rebels also abducted Jhina Hikaka, a legislator, March 24 from Koraput district. He was freed April 26.

The Maoists are active in 26 of the state’s 30 districts.

A WOMAN MAOIST IN ODISHA GOT ARRESTED

A WOMAN MAOIST IN ODISHA GOT ARRESTED 05/05/2012

SIDDHARTHA SHANKAR MISHRA,BUREAU CHIEF , ODISHA
INDINO/THESE DAYS NEWS SERVICE



A woman Maoist and former Sarapanch of Gobaraghati Gram Panchayat under Kalinganagar police station in Jajpur district allegedly involved in the killing of security men and many crimes was arrested from the dense forest bordering Jajpur and Keonjhar areas on Thursday.


“In a joint combing operation by Jajpur and Keonjhar, police arrested a lady Maoist Sini Sai (50)of village Gobaraghati”, said Aloka Ray the police officer of Jajpur town police station. Sini had been elected once as Sarapanch from Gobaraghati Gram Panchayat in the past .

According to police officials, the arrest of the senior woman Maoist would weaken the foundation of their group in the region. She was involved in the attack on Daitari police station , kidnapping of a police officer Umesh Marandi and other crimes and violence in Jajpur and Keonjhar districts", added the police officer.


Police admitted her in the Jajpur town government hospital for treatment as she was suffering from fever on Thursday. On Friday , she was produced in the court of Sub- divisional Judicial Magistrate (SDJM) at Jajpur town. The court rejected her bail application and remanded her in jail custody.

“We are encouraging Maoists to surrender . A total 113 Maoists, including seven couples have surrendered to Odisha police since 2009. All the surrenders were made in 2009, 2010 and 2011. "Steps were taken to rehabilitate the surrendered Maoists according to the state government's surrender and rehabilitation scheme, 2006.", official sources said.

While the district rehabilitation committees have accepted applications of 95 surrendered Maoists, 11 applications were not entertained. However, Maoists surrendering now would get rehabilitation package as per the provision of Surrender and Rehabilitation Scheme - 2012. Under it a Maoist would get assistance up to Rs. 2.5 lakh, besides Rs. 25,000 for marriage .


This apart, an ultra surrendering before the police was also entitled to get Rs. 25,000 for purchase of homestead land, Rs. 45,000 for building a house and Rs. 25,000 more if he/she surrenders with arms. The new scheme has provision of financial assistance of Rs. 2,000 per month for three years for surrendered Maoists and also Rs. 3,000 per annum for education, officer said

May 04, 2012

SUNIL KUMAR ROY APPOINTED AS THE NEW POLICE COMMISSIONER FOR THE TWIN CITY

SUNIL KUMAR ROY APPOINTED AS THE NEW POLICE COMMISSIONER FOR THE TWIN CITY 04/05/2012

SIDDHARTHA SHANKAR MISHRA,BUREAU CHIEF,ODISHA

INDINI/THESE DAYS NEWS SERVICE :



The State Government on Thursday appointed, 1987 batch IPS officer, Sunil Kumar Roy, as the new Police Commissioner for the twin city Bhubaneswar and Cuttack. He would succeed Bijoy Sharma who has now been posted as Additional Director General of Crime Branch.

Roy is the third Commissioner of Police of Bhubaneswar-Cuttack.

Apart from Roy, the Chief of CID, Crime Branch, Abhay, an officer in the rank of the Additional Director General (ADG), has been now been given the responsibility of law and order. Surendra Panwar, a 1987 batch IPS officer, has been posted as the Director of Vigilance.

The 1987 batch of IPS Gopabandhu Mallick has been appointed as Additional DG, Human Rights Protection Cell, while 1998 batch IPS Satyajit Mohanty is transferred as Chairman and Managing Director of Odisha Police Housing and Welfare Corporaion.

Similarly with an attempt to strengthen its anti-Naxal wing, the State has revamped its anti-Maoist operation team. Inspector General of Police incharge of intelligence and operation Y B Khurania has been shifted and he swapped place with IG (Training) Arun Kumar Sarangi. IG of intelligence Arun Kumar Roy has been assigned the responsibility of central range and DIG (SIW) and Sanjeev Kumar Panda was given the post of DIG at the police headquarters.

Present DIG, south-western range, Soumyendra Priyadarshi has been appointed DIG (Operation). Former SP of Naxal-hit districts of Malkangiri and Jajpur Dhirendra S Kuttey has been appointed DIG, SIW, and former Malkangiri SP, Debadutta Singh has been posted as DIG, Southern Range.

Odisha's Plan for 2012-13 Finalized at Rs.17, 250 crore

Odisha's Plan for 2012-13 Finalized at Rs.17, 250 crore , 04/05/2012

SIDDHARTHA SHANKAR MISHRA,BUREAU CHIEF,ODISHA
INDINO/THESE DAYS NEWS SERVICE:




In the meeting with Deputy Chairman, Planning Commission at New Delhi, held on 4th May, 2012, Hon’ble Chief Minister, Odisha discussed proposals for the Annual Plan 2012-13. He informed the Hon’ble Deputy Chairman, Planning Commission that Odisha has been assiduously pursuing a development strategy with the aim to achieve a higher inclusive growth, faster poverty alleviation and reduction in regional, social and gender disparities. Agriculture and allied sectors, economic and social infrastructure, education, health services and food & nutritional security continue to receive focused attention of the State, he stated.


The Chief Minister informed that the development strategy has led to a significant improvement in all economic, social and health indicators during the 11th Plan period. He highlighted that during the first 4 years of the 11th Plan, the State has grown at a real average annual rate of 8.50%, with agriculture and allied sectors growing at 4.12%. Literacy rate in the State has improved to 73.45% along with a decline in the gender gap to 18 percentage points, while the Infant Mortality Rate and the Maternal Mortality Ratio have reduced to 61 and 258 respectively, he mentioned. Hon’ble Chief Minister informed that the State has programmed to achieve an annual growth rate of over 9% during the 12th Five Year Plan period along with the growth of agriculture and allied sectors of over 4%.


He stated that the objective of the 12th Plan is to achieve a faster and balanced socio-economic development in the State through focused efforts on critical infrastructure, namely Bijli, Sadak and Pani, agriculture, irrigation and watershed development in drought-prone areas, skill upgradation programmes for creating employment opportunities and accelerated development of the tribal dominated regions including the KBK districts. The projected resource requirement of the State during the 12th Five Year Plan is estimated at Rs.1 lakh crore, he stated. For the Annual Plan 2012-13, the Chief Minister informed that the State has projected a substantially higher outlay of Rs.17,200 crore and requested the Deputy Chairman to approve the same to enable the State to sustain the on-going efforts.

The Chief Minister brought to the attention of the Deputy Chairman that many important proposals of the State having significant bearing on the socio-economic development and resource mobilization efforts have remained pending with Government of India for a long time. He stated that these, inter alia, include the following:

- Modification of guidelines to include Odisha under the Restructured Accelerated Power Development and Reform Programme-II;
- Approval of 8 year Perspective Plan for KBK districts with a projected outlay of Rs.4550 crore;
- Extension of the Revised Long Term Action Plan for the KBK region for another 10 years;
- Substantial upward revision of royalties on ad valorem basis for major minerals including coal, iron ore, chromite, manganese and bauxite;
- Imposition of Mineral Resources Rent Tax on iron ore to be charged at 50% of the surplus rent from the iron ore mining companies; and
- Declaring Odisha as a Special Category State – The State satisfies all the criteria except having an international boundary.

Chief Minister urged upon the Deputy Chairman, Planning Commission to facilitate early clearance of the pending proposals. The Chief Minister also mentioned that the uniform policies and programmes pursued by Government of India for the country as a whole have in many cases resulted in distorted growth and inequalities and suggested that the Government of India should engage more constructively with the States to liberally support region-specific interventions. Deputy Chairman, Planning Commission and other Members of the Planning Commission lauded the efforts made by Government of Odisha which have led to significant improvement in almost all economic, social and health indicators during the 11th Plan period (2007-12).


Special initiatives undertaken by the State such as participatory management of water resources and convergence in the delivery of social services through Integrated Child Development Services Scheme received special appreciation. The Deputy Chairman appreciated the genuine concerns of the State and assured that all possible efforts would be made to provide adequate Central support during the 12th Plan to enable the State to sustain its efforts, particularly in the thrust areas identified for the 12th Plan.


The Deputy Chairman approved the Annual Plan Outlay of Odisha for 2012-13 at Rs.17,250 crore. Hon’ble Chief Minister appreciated the support provided by the Planning Commission for Odisha’s development efforts and the increased Plan size.


COURTESY- ODISHA DIARY

Is the new divorce act proposed by the Government is any benefit to women?

Is the new divorce act proposed by the Government is any benefit to women? 04/05/2012
JUST IN PRINT:


It needs a debate. An amendment to India’s national marriage laws, making it easier for Hindus to divorce, has been hailed by activists and religious leaders. Previously, divorce was granted on grounds including adultery, cruelty and desertion. Under the new amendment, a couple can seek divorce on the basis that either or both spouses do not want to live with each other and the relationship has ended with no hope of resumption.


I think now it's required to change basic divorce law because more the 99% cases are false and many women are misusing this law not for protection but for taking money from men and his family,so amendment is must required.


Having a reasonable approach in this regard is very much essential because these are sensitive issues.
Come on men support this law and protect yourself & also your family from one sided women's law. This type of women my son is very much suffered. so give me the suggestion. It’s required to change basic divorce law because more the 95% cases under DIVORCE act 2005 & under act 498a are false. And many women are misused this law not for protection but for taking money from boys/men and his family. So amendment is must required.


Its ultimately depend on judiciary.This is fine but has anybody paid attention that what will happen to the children? the woman who has been a housewife and not capable of earning..the provisions must be there to meet all the expenses of wife and the children, including food, shelter, education, etc. In our country, the laws are so weak in the matter of maintenance. They take so long to decide about this. Why don’t the court think that a woman who is not working, how will she arrange the fee for a lawyer, who are so expensive. and if she goes for someone infamous or cheap lawyer, will he\she be able to confront the so-called big opposite lawyer who has a great face value in the court and is being easily hired by the husband who can very easily pay a high fees. The maintenance part is decided on the grounds of the husbands income, but do the husbands tell or show there real income. They show there income tax returns which we all know are fake and very liw as per there real income..WHAT is this? A husband is earning 5-6 lacs\month and the wife , with her 2 grown-up children is getting only 20,000- 22,000 and thus children keep on craving for all little things. Good laws, and the husband alone is enjoying, bearing no responsibilities as if the kids were brought by his wife in dowry. The law system must make an effort in these kind of cases. There must be a way to prove a man’s real earnings, so that a woman and her kids get the right they deserve and can live a reasonable lifestyle.


In a move to make the process of divorce easier, it is heard that the government proposes to insert as a new ground for parting ways. As for the mandatory six-month cooling-off period, the reasoning was that there was no point in prolonging a marriage where parties are unable to live as husband and wife.


Besides, the Bill gives women the right to property acquired during the marriage. According to the amendments cleared by the Cabinet, while adjudicating on divorce petitions, courts can decide on how much property acquired during marriage is shared.

According to the redrafted Bill passed by the Cabinet, adopted children will also have rights on par with biological offspring of a couple in case the parents go in for a divorce.

Bias between both sexs, was wrong before and is wrong even now. What is the justification for bringing in such laws? Giving equal right is understood. But what is the justification for unequal rights? People in the past committed wrong so, commit wrong to innocents now who are not in any way concerned?

Why are we bent upon taking all what has been tried in the west and with worst results. What society are they heading to. Rather than developing good understanding and going ahead in life with small problems...any family will have petty problems, discussions may be bit irritating at times. Rather we are encouraging life of cats and dogs which ultimately leads to diseases. Our ancestors definitely gave a big thought to what is called life. Divided it in four parts. Each called an ashram. Live each part with the prescribed norms and you are the HAPPIEST man on earth. I do not mind for going in for new ideas. Come on think at your own. West has recognized that at 18/21 yrs age , we can decisions about our life. Our judiciary also following it calling it modern society. It will ultimately lead to nothing but rotten society. Forgetting the very aim of life, and taking all the rots of west on the name of modernization will not lead us to a perfect way. Why we do not copy their following characteristics: 1. Value of time-Punctuality 2. Honesty in life. 3. Patriotism and live for country . Making a person a good citizen, teaching him what for life is,will definitely lead to a better life than simply making laws or rather copying them from West.


The income tax return should not be considered in matrimonial cases. In a divorce, a law must take care that a woman and her children must not suffer, in spite of the fact that a husband is a very earned and the kids keep on suffering. Even ,if wife is earning more than husband so in that case what kind of LAW is applicable. She share her money/property with husband. Indian law is quite confusion with all these amendments. This is a big mess , more confusion and more conundrum.

I do not think these type of laws will give justice to women rather, it will increase harassment because law is chocking the throat of harassed men from women.

The main challenge lies in implementing it.

SIDDHARTHA SHANKAR MISHRA,
NEAR PROFESSORS’ COLONY,
AT/PO- BUDHARAJA,
DIST – SAMBALPUR,
STATE- ODISHA,
PIN – 768004.
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May 03, 2012

MAMATA RAJ ( COVER STORY) MAY 18,2012 ( REIGN OF INTOLERANCE)

MAMATA RAJ ( COVER STORY) MAY 18,2012 ( REIGN OF INTOLERANCE)

Dictatorship, Autocracy, Authoritarianism, or despotism, Mamata Banerjee has hit the headlines again.

There are women, who played and are playing a significant role in Indian politics. The women in India are more committed to becoming house wives and good mothers than involving themselves in politics. Politics and leadership requires an enigmatic charisma. Most of the women candidates find it difficult to establish themselves even within the party until they present themselves as ‘Bahus or Betis’ from a rich political background. This results in ‘leaders without excellence’. The passing and approval of the Reservation Bill or giving equal priority alone is not the only criteria but the elegance and prowess of the women that matters. This is a clear indication of the Indian politics requires a giant leap.

Highly strung and self-opinionated, Mamata has progressively degenerated into an unpredictable politician, an authoritarian leader and a difficult ally. Her stunning success last May at the Assembly elections when she demolished the 34 years old Left Rule of Bengal was a great achievement as well as an opportunity and a time that should have bred humility in her.

While there has been little improvement in 4th most populous state of India, Mamata’s authoritarianism and arrogance are coming to the fore. For every problem she encounters she blames the 34 year left rule. She unceremoniously dismisses a learned railway minister who had a genuine long term vision to improve the Indian Railways right after he presents the Railway Budget, she dictates on what news papers should be read at the government libraries.

West Bengal is supposed to be a highly intellectual state or once considered as such, but given their tolerance to this maverick lady at whom the whole nation would spew anything but disapprobation, her tantrums will soon end up and she will vanish as a shooting star in the eastern sky

The king is dead. Long live the king!
Before there was Mamata, there were the Communists, the epitome of authoritarianism. Now there is Mamata.

SIDDHARHARTHA SHANKAR MISHRA,
NEAR PROFESSORS’ COLONY, BUDHARAJA, SAMBALPUR – 768004, ODISHA

INTERNATIONAL SAND ARTIST BAGGED HONORARY DOCTORATE

INTERNATIONAL SAND ARTIST BAGGED HONORARY DOCTORATE 03/05/2012

SIDDHARTHA SHANKAR MISHRA, BUREAU CHIEF
INDINO/THESE DAYS NEWS SERVICE:



International sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik got Honourary Doctorate in LLD on the occasion of 17th convocation of Berhampur University for his contribution in sand art. This honour is presented by Hon'ble Governor of Odisha Sri Muralidhar Chandrakant Bhandare at BU campus. On this occasion Dr Syed S Hameed, Planning Commission member also present there as the chief guest.


Including Sudarsan 10 other eminent persons have got the degree of Honour, they are Mohini Giri, Arun Jaitly, Dr Syed S Hammed, Iqbal Chagla, Pinaki Misra, Chandrabhanu Satpathy, Soumayranjan Patnaik , Sidhanta Mohapatra and Dr Kabiprasad Mishra.

I am very much happy to get this Honour and I will always try to achieve more in the field of sand art for our country, said Sudarsan.

35 year old Sudarsan Patnaik has represented India in more than 50 international sand sculpture championships across the world and won many prizes including the World Championship in 2008, for the country. He is doing sand sculptures since last 20 years and running a sand art school at puri beach.

ODISHA CM AND SOUTH KOREA ENVOY MEETS OVER POSCO ISSUE

ODISHA CM AND SOUTH KOREA ENVOY MEETS OVER POSCO ISSUE 03/05/2012

SIDDHARTHA SHANKAR MISHRA,BUREAU CHIEF

INDINO/THESE DAYS NEWS SERVICE, ODISHA:



South Korea envoy Kim Jung meets Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Posco project delay. After the meeting Jung said media that it was very fruitful meeting with CM Patnaik over POSCO issue. Envoy Kim Jung expects Posco work will be started from this year.


Kim, who was on a two-day visit to the State in connection with the 12-mt steel project, discussed on the future of the project with members of the Confederation of Indian Industries and met Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Wednesday, said “Posco can start construction work of the steel project towards the second half of this year (2012-13).

Indicating that there is no question of shifting the project, Kim said, “If requisite land for the steel mill will not be available, we may reduce the plant size but the project will be set up in the earmarked site.”

Talking to newsmen after meeting Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik at the State Secretariat here, Kim said the site of the project is well- located as It is nearer to sea and river. “Though the Government has provided half of our land requirement, we need some additional land for the project,” he said.

It should be noted that Odisha Government recently asks South Korean steel major Posco to start welfare work for local people near proposed site. The state government has said that the Posco now should start welfare work in the available land to gain the confidence of the local people.

"Every possible effort has been made by government of Odisha to complete the process of handing over the balance required land. The activities of administration such as betel vine demolition, tree cutting, demolition of prawn ponds should be accompanied by the activities of Posco-India, viz, construction of rehabilitation colony, providing alternative employment to the landless betel vine laborers and construction of surge protection wall," said a letter sent by the state steel and mines department to the forest and environment department on Apr 25. It should be noted that due to local people's opposition the Rs. 52,000 crore project, which is the biggest FDI in the country, is staring at a bleak future.

May 01, 2012

Odia Professor Dr. LM Das replaces petrol, Diesel with hydrogen

Odia Professor Dr. LM Das replaces petrol, Diesel with hydrogen 2/05/2012

SIDDHARTHA SHANKAR MISHRA, BUREAU CHIEF

THESE DAYS/INDINO NEWS SERVICE. ODISHA


Dr. L.M.Das of Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi (IIT Delhi) has developed an alternative to petrol and diesel for vehicles. Dr. Das using Hydrogen gas as an automobile fuel.


Conventional engines aren't designed to burn hydrogen, a highly explosive gas. Professor Das sees this as a progress in the search for alternative, non polluting fuels because hydrogen can be obtained from non-renewable and renewable sources of energy such as water as well. On combustion, hydrogen gives back water. The harmful emissions from vehicles that run on petroleum products are also missing here. The cycle of production of the fuel and its combustion thus begins and ends with water. The highly explosive nature of hydrogen gas required a different kind of ignition system. Professor L M Das worked upon it and designed an electronic ignition system for the purpose. After testing it for years in labs like the one at IIT Delhi, Das took it on road.


Dream of Professor L M Das come into reality when world's first hydrogen-powered three-wheeler, 'HyAlfa', was showcased at the Auto Expo 2012 in New Delhi. Part of a development project dubbed 'DelHy 3w', a fleet of 15 HyAlfa three-wheelers starts run on an experimental basis at Pragati Maidan, where a hydrogen refuelling station has also set up.


Fifteen such three wheelers have been safely ferrying passengers at Pragati Maidan in Delhi for the past four months. Just one kg of gas is enough for 83 km. Fuelled by a company called AIR products, they're the only successful hydrogen powered engines in the world.

The HyAlfa has been developed under a joint project by the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) International Centre for Hydrogen Energy Technologies (ICHET), Mahindra & Mahindra and IIT-Delhi, with support from the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy.


Professor Das said, "Hydrogen can be made from both renewable and non-renewable sources. It's made from water. On combustion, it gives back water. The noxious emission from burning petroleum products is almost completely absent here."


He said an an international consortium has agreed to take his innovative work forward and the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation has granted a $500 Million fund for his project.


Professor L M Das hails Mahindra & Mahindra, UNIDO, ICHET and ITPO for supporting this project passionately. Professor Das said that, the vehicle is not yet ready for commercial production and further fine-tuning will be required before moving in that direction. He said once the vehicle ready for commercial production it will cost Rs 20,000 to Rs 25,000 more than a CNG three-wheeler.


It should be noted that Professor L M Das hails from Odisha. He is born and brought up in Puri. He completed his early education in Puri. He took his Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Regional Engineering College, Rourkela in 1970 and M. Tech degree from the, Kharagpur in 1972.

His primary areas of research interest include development of alternative-fuelled low emission engine/vehicles. He has published more than 80 research papers in various independently refereed international and national journals in the area of alternative fuels such as Hydrogen, CNG, Biodiesel and Hydrogen-CNG blend.


Dr Das has had several consultancy/projects sponsored by UNIDO, General Motors (USA), Shell India, MNRE, and DST. His R&D contribution has been appreciated and a project entitled "OPTFUEL" has been sanctioned by European Union that involves IITD (CES, Engines and Unconventional Fuels lab) as a partner along with ten other Automobile giants/research labs of Europe.


He was awarded "Rajiv Gandhi Samman" by Department of Science and Technology, Government of Orissa, as an Exemplary Scientist and Educationist for Achievements and contributions in the field of Non-conventional Energy Sources (2005). Dr. Das won an award from Lockheed Martin and India's Department of Science and Technology in 2012.

A BROAD ANALYSIS ON RIGHT TO EDUCATION ACT

A BROAD ANALYSIS ON RIGHT TO EDUCATION ACT ( JUST IN PRINT)

Education system plays a significant role in shaping the future of children of a country. A sustainable and effective education system nurtures all the qualities of a child to become a resourceful citizen in future life.



To become an economic super power, India needs to create opportunities to trap the unutilized and/or underutilized human resources for capacity building. An education system, which is capable of fostering the innate qualities of the students, is what India needs most now.



Human Resource Development Minister Kapil Sibal termed the Act a "national enterprise that would help shapes India's future". The legislation would not only ensure every child's right to education, but puts the obligation on the government to impart it. The law would not interfere with the various state governments attempts to provide elementary education. On the medium of instruction, there is a provision to provide elementary education, as far as possible, in the mother tongue of the child. The law would ensure that the child got free, compulsory and quality education by qualified teachers.

As the curriculum would be less rigorous, it would ensure all-round development of children. On infrastructure, there is a provision for establishing recognition authority in every State under which all schools would have to fulfill the minimum requirement of infrastructure within three years. Otherwise, they would lose recognition. Similarly appointment of teachers had to be approved by the academic committee.



The law has come as a boon to India and is expected to be a big boost to children's education as out of every 100 children attending elementary school only 12 reached the graduation level compared to the global average of 27. In Europe it was 50-70 students reaching college from the elementary level. The HRD Ministry expects that the law would increase India's average to 15 by 2012 and to 30-35 by 2020.




To meet the growing need of a vibrant and dynamic education system, the Government of India has implemented ambitious Right to Education Act (REA) in 1 April, 2010. This Act actually mandates the overhaul of school curricula and traditional examination procedures drastically.

With the enactment of the Right to Education Act (REA), all the children between the ages of 6 and 14 are eligible to get opportunity of free and compulsory elementary education. The Act aims at expansion, inclusion and excellence of education system to help the children of the country to blossom into enlightened personalities.


As per the new law, the schools need to have certain minimum facilities like adequate teachers, playground and infrastructure. The government will evolve some mechanism to help marginalized schools complying with the provisions of the Act. The Finance Commission has provided Rs.25,000 crore to the states for implementation of the Act. As per the government's estimate, there will be a requirement of Rs. 1.71 lakh crore in the next five years for implementation of the Act.



Special attention has been paid in outlining the school curriculum and evaluation procedure. Maintaining conformity with the values enshrined in the Constitution, curricula are to be designed focusing into all round physical and mental development of a child. Efforts to build up knowledge, potentiality and talent of a child through educational activities, explorations and discoveries in a child friendly and child-centric manner have been emphasized. One of the important tasks of the teachers is making child free of fear, trauma and anxiety and helping him expressing his views freely. The REA prohibits private tuition and mandates comprehensive and continuous evaluation of child understands of knowledge and his/her ability the same.

The children have legal rights as the constitutional amendment Act describes. Interesting fact is that crores of children have not seen school and so they are devoid of fundamental rights. Thus government is breaching the legal rights of children. Who cares!



Government did its job of enlisting it in the Constitution. Leaders don’t have enough time to ponder over any issue (except vote bank management issues). Administrators don’t bother themselves to think at large as they remain sure of no deduction in salary for underperformance. And the beneficiaries themselves do not know if they have any right, whatsoever.

Right to Education Act provides some measures to impart education to all: such as; the poor and unprivileged children, especially schedule caste, schedule tribe and physically challenged, will get admission to private schools as 25 percent seats will be reserved for them in those schools. To restrain drop-outs there has been measures. There will be no physical punishment, no interview or test at the time of admission; no one will be failed in the examination in any circumstances till eighth standard. But still the Act has some measure flaws: such as; the same provisions for private and public schools, confusion over distribution of financial responsibilities between State and Center.



It is mentioned in the Act that there must be some reform in qualities of education. But if schools’ infrastructure and facilities vary hugely and if there is such a huge gap between schools, how would anyone think of bringing quality whatsoever.
My question is why are people still being deprived of one right that the United Nations (UN) representatives from every country has promised the whole world? 115 million primary school aged children do not go to school and that could be from a choice to not go or a restriction and the UN is supposed to end all of the restrictions so we can have a better, smarter, and more educated world.

Some reasons I have came up with are because they do not want to go to school or because there are not enough teachers. Another reason is because they get their education somewhere else, because they are needed to work at home, or because they cannot afford to go to school. Also because they do not need an education, because they need to work to earn money for their family, or because there are not schools near where they live. A ninth reason is because there are not enough schools or because it is more important to educate boys/girls. I do not think any of these ten reasons are acceptable.



We are all entitled to an education and because a family does not have enough money for school or because there are not schools near where they live should not be an excuse. If the UN meant for us all to have an education, why do we have to pay for it when some people cannot? School is not the only type of education but anyone who wants it is supposed to get it. It seems like the government or United Nations could help out families who cannot afford it or people who are having other difficulties with school.

I think a solution to this issue would be for the United Nations to start a program for families that are not able to send their children for school or go to school for whatever reason. There could be volunteer workers who raise money for families so they could go to school, or raise money to make a new school, or they could raise money to buy more materials for a school.


Why do we have to go to school? Well because it is the best option for your future. What would you prefer, without much education you will end up working 50 hour weeks while the other person who has a better education is making more money in half the time, Because those clothes and bills aren't going to pay themselves and because the new clothes and the new life isn't going to be greeting you with money. Once married or left alone outside your mothers house, you are all on your own, and if you plan on living somewhere cozy, then I suggest getting a job to pay all those bills which you will be receiving for you and your life. Education is the key role in life and it is what makes a person who he is.



Education is what shows the people surrounding you, your occupation that can then slowly lead to your likes and dislikes. The better options the Man/Woman has, the more chances you have on finding the right person in your life. Education is the seed of life, without it, you are unable to take life to its max, to go further than beyond, to live life to the fullest. It is what makes a person think how he thinks. It is what makes a person who he is. It makes his life. It also shows the people who he is, which result in their friendly or cruel gesture to them. With a diploma or a degree in something makes your job a lot more fun and a lot easier to do because you would be enjoying what you do, otherwise you wouldn't have went that far in that field. The battle for jobs in between diploma's Vs. Less educated would be a match everyone knew who would win before it even started. Education has some special abilities, of which are, better salary than the common person, healthier or happier life. Education is the most important thing when it comes to job hunting.



When job hunting, the person with a degree or a diploma in that field will do much better than someone who just passed high school. Education makes your life. It chooses your faith. With it, you can do the most things of the things people less educated than you could do. Education isn't something that comes from laziness or something you can buy whenever you would like, instead, you have to earn it. You have to sit here in school and listen to the teacher and the things she says you have to do, otherwise you will find your life miserable, and you won't take it to the limit of which you can take. Life comes with some special needs to acquire the most of it. Education is the key to a good job. It will guide you throughout your life. It will choose your job, the best one for you, which will be something you prefer to do.

With more money and a good job comes a better life. Why not enjoy life, enjoy it with all the money education rolled in. All the time you spent in school and all the time spent studying and getting good marks finally pays off. Now since you have your great job, what now? Well, now you keep the money and live a good life. How, well, you eat the best things possible and do the things possible. With the perfect job and the perfect life, depending on what you want to do, you could have shopping sprees every day. Education isn't something that should be played as a joke, this is the thing that will choose your faith and then, the rest is up to you. Don't be afraid to spend money when you have lots of it, remember, the money you are getting isn't from doing anything, its form working hard all those years in school, so enjoy it and Do "The Right Thing"

Education makes a man who he is and what he does. It chooses his faith and when he is on the right path, he leaves him on his own, to make his own decisions with his new life with Education. It shows the surrounding people who you are, what you like and what you don't. Education has to be used the right way to be drive out the most of life. Only education can help you in the future, so why abuse it, and take it if you can.


The Act provides education for 14 years of age of a child, but what about the fact that after the age, disparity of opportunity increases? There have been some provisions for controlling capitation fees. Not to talk of government failure in stopping the capitation fees prevalent in our education system, government is not regulating high fees of private schools.



Private schools have said after the sixth pay commission hike, salaries of teachers have gone up and added to their financial burden. "Moreover, inflation has caused other expenses to go up. In such a scenario, allowing 25% students to study free would be an additional burden. Where will the money for free uniforms and books come from?" said R C Jain, president, Delhi State Public School Management Association. Children between the ages of 6 and 14 have been transformed into a special category of citizens. But an important question that needs to be addressed is that of quality and responsibility. Who will be responsible for giving the children good quality education?


The local authorities or school principals should ensure that children attend schools regularly. It is the state's responsibility to provide education. Reservation of 25 per cent of seats for poor children in private schools will create further division among students. Also, there are expenses other than school fees. Who will bear the cost? Can the government force all private hospitals to take care of a few patients free of cost? Can it enable some passengers to travel free of cost in air-conditioned coaches of trains? I do not think the experiment of reserving seats will work. The right to education of children has been rightly upheld. But it must not remain a mere right to school enrolment. There should be a corresponding obligation on the part of students and parents to ensure that children have a minimum attendance of 75 per cent, and minimum standards of academic attainment. Otherwise, vast resources will be squandered away without any tangible benefits.

Going through these facets of the RTE, where we find this Act counting on superbly. Right from the beginning, it has been scoring low on all fronts. The Right has been given to children but there’s hardly anyone who is benefiting from it.

I must highlight the failure of the contemporary system of education, the growing frustration of the Indian youth and the apathy shown towards the natural talents.

The irony of the present education system is that it provides clues to earn a living without teaching the art of living. Restructuring the system is essential to motivate the students in right direction. The atmosphere in most of the institutions today breeds insecurity and frustration. Our youth certainly do not deserve to be trapped in negative emotions.

So in conclusion, everyone deserves the right to education, and not everyone is getting it, so why not ask for it now?


SIDDHARTHA SHANKAR MISHRA,
NEAR PROFESSORS’ COLONY,
BHIMA BHOI ROAD,
BUDHARAJA,
SAMBALPUR – 768004
ODISHA.
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