Water Resources Dept is in CM’s hand; Irrigation Project pushed into Ruin

Subhas Chandra Pattanayak
Deviprasanna on the dam Hilly Orissa is dependent on rain for cultivation. The only solace is availability of water in some locations by jointing two adjoining hills by dams. Dadara Ghati Dam on river Gambharia Nallah in Dhenkanal District is one such irrigation project that I had an opportunity to visit along with distinguished editorialist Deviprasanna Nayak at the end of summer this year.

Ever since water resources department has fallen in the hands of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik this project is lying abandoned. It is pushed into utter ruin due to total lack of maintenance and care.

Pictures will say.

This is the abandoned dam -

the abandoned dam Its junked Board of Silent Feature is indicative of what utter negligence the project is subjected to. This is the Board – Junked board of silent feature   Its office is abandoned. The pictures below would show its pathetic condition. abandoned officeAbandoned office, ruined entrance   Its operation is abandoned. abandoned operation ABANDONED OPERATION 2   It is not in use for years. Nobody takes its care. No attention is paid to its maintenance. Not in use for years   As I stand under the dam, to my left on the State Highway, preferrers of shorter routes from coastal to western Orissa and vice versa are seen speeding away in their vehicles. Ah! If someone could come and see how this great irrigation asset is crying for attention! SCP

Moneymaking is the main thrust behind anti-Maoist activity, former top sleuth Arun K. Upadhyay tells the PMO

Subhas Chandra Pattanayak

Sri Arun Kumar Upadhyay, IPS (Rtd) was asked by the PM Office Cell to give his views on fight against terror. We post here his reply to PMO verbatim, as to us, it offers serious insight into functioning of the government both at the State and Central level in matter of modernization of Police vis-a-vis official approach to Maoists. However, we have omitting the first three introductory sentences, considered unnecessary for us to highlight, with due apology to Sri Upadhyay.

Fighting Maoism-

Maoism has been a joint venture to loot country by govt agencies and professional criminals led by brainwashed Maoists, though Mao himself never supported or allowed any such activity in his own country.

Stages of its development are-
(1)  X X X X X
(2)  X X X X X
(3)  X X X X X
(4)  India was retained as joint sphere of influence of USSR, UK, USA in Yalta conference-termed as dynamic non-alignment = begging from each country & obeying it.
(5)  India started this policy with buying fake arms from UK, USA, USSR starting with Jeep Scandal by Nehru through V K Krishna Menon promoted as Defense Minister.
(6)  Devotion to socialism & communism was reflected as obeying attackers Pakistan & China and opposing merger of Nepal, Tibet with China. Even after surrender of Tibet, there was Chinese attack since 1959 after capture of Tibet was completed. Every year, Police Commemoration day is observed in each district since 1960 in memory of Police men killed in Chusul on 20-10-1959 in Chinese attack, but Chinese attack is stated as betrayal in 1962.
(7)  In line with govt support to Chinese attack, CPM & allied groups openly supported Chinese attack on India, With that attack, criminal groups in India were organized in mineral region to supply Uranium to China with which it built the first atomic bomb in 1964. One specimen of Uranium seized from Maoist groups on Nepal border was kept in Physics laboratory of Patna Science College.
(8)  China sent revolvers & ammunitions to these groups mainly through Nepal Border at Raxaul. For daring to check arms smuggling, SP Motihari Sri Anil Kumar, IPS-1976 was killed in 1983, but its DM Sri R K Singh was rewarded with posts of DM, Patna, Home Secretary, Bihar, Defense Purchase Secretary and then Union Home Secretary where he brought Arms dealer Abhishek Verma of Sig Sauer company, USA from Defense to Home department purchases.
(9) For creating a special post in Union Home Ministry to plan murder cases against Sri Narendra Modi, Amit Shah and their supporters and brought Kuldip Sharma, IPS-1976 of Gujrat to the post after his retirement.
(10) Sri R K Singh repeatedly pressurized IB & CBI openly to prosecute all police officers of Gujrat or IB suspected to be supporters of Sri Modi for which he was rewarded with ticket from BJP in Parliament election from Ara in Bihar.

In name of anti-Maoist activity, only moneymaking is being done-

(1) All Maoist groups are having political support in their states. In Orissa, Sabyasachi Panda, head of PWG was openly supported by Sri P M Mohapatra, MP Rajyasabha of BJD. Only the supporters of Sabyasachi Panda could be posted as DGP and in key posts. Officers opposing him were kept without post for 10 years in BJD rule. Only after fallout with PM Mohapatra, Sabyasachi Panda could be arrested. In Jharkhand, Orissa, all PWG groups share mining loot with govt officers & ministers for which a case also was chargesheeted by CBI against Chhatisgarh leader Sri Dilip Singh Judeo, who was to become CM but died as he did not share the money. In Bengal, Smt Mamta Banerji was openly supporting PWG leaders Chhatradhar Mahto and through them accident of Gyaneswari express was arranged near Kharagpur and stopping night running of trains in Howrah Tata route for 6 months as Railway minister. Then Bhubaneswar Rajdhani express was highjacked with open posters of Chhatradhar Mahto and with their help, she could become CM of Bengal. When, Maoists are lifeline for govt in making money and winning elections, why there is wastage of money in fighting them?
(2) In Orissa, 2500 rifles & 10,000 ammunition were looted from 3 armed units of Koraput on 6-2-2004, the date when general elections were announced. On same day Home Secretary Sri Santosh Kumar also was beaten by his staff. To make up for the loss, purchase of arms worth Rs 18 crores was proposed by CM in Assembly on 30-6-2004 and 4th July. There were 8 vigilance cases on orders of CM, Orissa against DGP & others in 2004 for 2000 fake recruitments. But the accused was kept as DGP for 3 years and 2 IPS officers who were main witnesses were kept without posting thereafter and till today their pension has not been cleared by the same CM. For purchase of fake arms also, the same officer without posting was visited by DIG(Mod) Sri B N Jha with Joint Secy Home in Delhi Sri D S Mishra on 23-7-2005, so that fake purchase is approved by officer not allowed to see any paper. Finally, 1100 automatic rifles were bought at 12 times normal price in Rs 16 crores on 7-2-2008 and all were sent to PTS Nayagarh where maximum of 10 rifles were needed for training 300 trainees. Within a week, all arms were looted on 14-2-2008 night. Sri G C Nanda, DGP visited spot with Sampad Mohapatra of NDTV instead of any police officer and announced recovery of 100 oldest rifles of 1903 make after 3 days. No formal inquiry under Orissa Police Manual Rule 1107 was permitted by CM despite visit of IB teams repeatedly. After this successful show of purchase of arms, Sri D.S. Mishra was made CVO in Air India where Enforcement Directorate registered 2 cases against him for irregular expenditure of Rs. 167 crores in name of Lucknow & Amausi (Varanasi) airports on 20-4-2012-Ref- http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2012-04-21/lucknow/31378489_1_pnc-infratech-new-terminal-aai. This case gave boost to career of DS Mishra who was made joint secretary in Union Ministry of Mines on 22-10-2012 and was given additional charge of CMD, Nalco for his past links with Odisha.

(3) US supplier of arms is Sig Sauer which had to get an order issued from Union Home ministry to DGP of MP. But, no such order was needed for officers of Pyari Mohapatra group who were given facilities in US for helpful officers according to the agent Abishek Verma, now in Jail. Accordingly, sons of Sri N.C. Padhi, M.M. Prahraj and Sri B.N. Jha were given jobs in USA and these officers given post retirement jobs. (Ref. NDTV broadcast on 18-3-2013, 10 PM).

(4) Despite repeated protests against fake loot of arms in Nayagarh, no arms have been really given to any fighting battalion, though massive purchase has been shown. AG audit of March 2011 is quoted-Para 1.6.2 Scheme for Modernisation of Police Force- Though addressing LWE activities effectively was one of the key objectives of the State police in recent times, key performance indicators for measuring the operational efficiency of the police force was neither prescribed nor even attempted in the AAPs. Absence of key performance indicators as well as Perspective Plan made all purchases adhoc and intuitive rather than scientific. Sophisticated weapons worth 14.80 crore were retained at the central arms store at Cuttack without issuing it to the field units, despite large scale shortages of such weapons up to 61 per cent in eight test checked districts, on the ground that trained manpower was not available. Ref-

(5) The same audit tells that expenditure of 91 crore rupees has been shown in building of 50 Police station for which no land exists or allotted.

(6) To make up for this loss also, arms worth Rs 18 crores were purchased, but even during mock show on 8-7-2013 in training centre of Special Operation Group at Chandka (Bhubaneswar), no gun purchased from Sig Sauer could fire. Same happened in Jharkhand where guard of honour was being given in honour of Birsa Munda. How such weapons can fire in actual fight?

(7) Since 2005, Rs 116 crores have been given 8 times to fortify (not new construction) 56 Police Station buildings in terror affected areas when each time AG audit tells that earlier grant has not been used. Thus, money has been given for 448 PS buildings. Instead of fortification, even whitewashing has not been done so far in a single police station.

(8) Instead of taking any action against complete defalcation of earlier grants, modernization grant has been doubled this year. Due to adverse audit reports, UPA Govt was hesitant to take Sri Prakash Mishra to CBI, but he has been promptly taken in Union Home Ministry under NDA rule. Smt B Radhika also, who had recommended sending all 1100 automatic rifles to training centre at Nayagarh instead of any battalion was taken in Central Vigilance Organization to cover up any inquiry.

(9) Unless, the policy of taking only corrupt officers to key posts is changed, no modernization or strengthening can work. That has become a must for any political activity when each rally costs at least Rs15-50 crores.

(10) Any discussion or input for improvement can be effective if at least one of the open corruptions listed above can be prosecuted.

(11) As soon as open & regular link of CBI Director with criminals became obvious, Court & govt after initial show of firmness have become favourable to the Director and there is talk of giving him extension as such boldness in corruption will be difficult to emulate.

Only the complainant is under attack.

PIL envisages access to justice through class action: Bibhu Prasad Tripathy

bptIn an interview, eminent lawyer Bibhu Prasad Tripathy, has told journalist Sugyan Choudhury that Public Interest Litigation is a medium of class action for justice. The interview is published in daily Pioneer, Bhubaneswar edition, on 7 October 2014. Viewed as enlightening to general public in matter of their collective legal right, we prefer to place the entire text in public interest. And, here it is:

What is the relevance of PIL as an instrument of law? Has it served its purpose?

PIL envisages access to justice through class action. Those very large sections of the society because of poverty, ignorance, discrimination and illiteracy had been denied justice for time immemorial and they had no access to justice. The opportunity is not to be denied by reason of socioeconomic or other disabilities. Therefore, the Supreme Court has declared access to justice in matters of fundamental rights. Therefore, the “Little Indians” legal cause can be espoused by any person having no interest in the matter. PIL is not in the nature of adversarial litigation; it is for the purpose of making basic human rights meaningful to the vulnerable sections of the community.

Though initially PIL was a strategic arm of the legal aid movement, today there has been a serious concern about the use and misuse of PILs. There are several blackmail litigations for private objectives or for settling disputes between individual parties in the court in the name of PIL since the term litigant in PIL is not confined to a person who is affected or injured by State action but comprehends a wide class. Today, PIL is filed in many cases having absolutely no real public interest except private profit either for themselves or as a proxy for other or for any other extraneous motivation or for publicity purpose. Persons who describe themselves as ‘public spirited’ and others as ‘social organisations’ or ‘activists’ spring up overnight to canvas issues for oblique reasons.

It is alleged that excess use of PIL results in judicial activism affecting the Legislature and the Executive; is it true?

The courts act as a watchdog for citizens’ rights which ensure that governance is to be carried out according to the Constitutional norms. The courts review the State’s action for promotion of good governance. PIL is an effective instrument of legal services delivery for ensuring administration of justice and Constitutional entitlement of weaker sections. PIL is not a measure of taking over governance itself or a process of supervising or monitoring every State direction. It is a measure involved in governance where fundamental or other rights are infringed or State is demonstrated to be in abuse of power. Now, the judiciary has to be vigilant for discharging the judicial function, but the court has to respect the separation of powers under the Constitution. The power of judicial review is recognised as part of the basic structure of the Constitution. People’s faith constitutes the legitimacy of the court and judicial activism.

What are your considered opinions about the success of PIL as seen in the State of Orissa and West Bengal today?

It’s true that a good number of PILs are filed in the Orissa High Court and the Calcutta High Court, but the bona fide PILs have to be encouraged and the frivolous ones are to be discouraged. The PIL litigants and their lawyers should be made accountable because law is meant for people and not that people are meant for lawyers. Both in Orissa and West Bengal, the Adivasis, Dalits, slum dwellers, street vendors, prisoners, sex workers and physically challenged have no access to the justice delivery system. There are many prisoners who have been falsely arrested and incarcerated for long years.

The provision extended by PIL does not envisage security of a petitioner. What measure can be taken to protect the petitioners serving as Cassandra to the cause of society?

It is true that the whistleblowers in the PIL may face threat from different quarters, but this is not a regular phenomenon. A public spirited person who approaches the court with clean objectives and without any mala fide intention may not face any security problem since people are the biggest security for him. But wherever a genuine PIL petitioner is facing a threat, he may approach the court to provide him security.

Can you please tell us some memorable PIL cases you have handled?

I’m telling the story of Pratap Nayak, a tribal boy, languishing in jail for 10 years despite the High Court’s acquittal order which could not reach the jail authorities in time. Prabir Kumar Das, a human rights activist and a lawyer, filed a PIL seeking compensation of Rs 10 lakh for Nayak for suffering mental trauma. The Orissa High Court disposed of the petition stating that the petitioner had no locus-standi in the case. The case finally went to the Supreme Court where I represented the matter. The apex court directed the High Court to look into the matter and Pratap was not only acquitted but awarded a compensation of `five lakh.

I can tell you the Delhi Noida Flyover PIL case, the Malkangiri Jail case where a prisoner was cooling his heels for lack of a Koya language interpreter and also the Sal forest PIL case where justice was meted out to the petitioners through PILs.
The Supreme Court recently intervened in a matter relating to the siphoning of crores of money in Orissa and West Bengal by chit fund companies and ordered a CBI probe to ensure that the influential people involved do not escape the teeth of law. Thus, PILs are impacting a lot of transformations by removing somnolence from the society and by ushering in an era of affordable justice.

What are your prescriptions for creating awareness towards wider use of PIL?

PIL has to be used by courts in the discharge of their Constitutional obligation to ensure enforcement of right to life and dignity. In a State like Orissa, use of justice delivery system by weaker sections is one of the major challenges. For an Adivasi of Malkangiri, right to food as fundamental right has no meaning because if the fundamental right is violated he cannot approach the High Court by engaging a lawyer. For him, the legal system becomes illusory. Civil society groups and public spirited activists along with some pro bono lawyer need to form a team to protect the interest of the deprived sections. A new social action strategy has to be evolved for institutional support for pursuing the Public Interest Litigation. There should be clarity and bona fide intent in making use of the social action litigation to wipe out the tears from the eyes of the starving population of Orissa that stand deprived of their basic rights and dignity.

Orissa in Quagmire of AIDS; High Court Ruling and Minister’s Order Rot under Red Tapes!

Subhas Chandra Pattanayak
aids iconOrissa is in Quagmire of AIDS. The Government has not yet studied to what extent it has spread in the State. But the figure must be alarmingly high as the State has failed to stop supply of infected blood through the Blood Banks, despite specific direction of the High Court of Orissa, that had even punished the State Government with Rs.3 lakhs to be paid as compensation in a case where it was established beyond doubts that a boy of only 17 months of age had been infected with this dreaded disease consequent upon receiving transfusion of infected blood supplied by Government Blood Bank, BMC Hospital, Bhubaneswar, on an operation table. The Blood Bank had supplied screened blood; but the virus had escaped detection, as the ELISA method used for screening is not advanced enough to detect HIV in the grey zone or window period.

On elaborate study and research, the High Court of Orissa had ruled in W.P.(C) No.13441 of 2009 on 28 July 2011 that PCR NAT method be used in all the Blood Banks to stop supply of contaminated blood to patients, as had happened to the child in the instant case. Mandarins of Health Department, instead of implementing this Order, have kept this judgment subjected to their own judgment!
The following three articles, out of a lot earlier published in these pages, would be of help in understanding the sad phenomenon and to see how the Government of Orissa has criminally neglected the most calling cause of health in the State and how its Health Minister’s assurance to the Assembly to implement the remedial method – NAT, as directed by the High Court, has been rotting under the red tapes of bureaucracy.

The articles are:

1. Shocking Reality: AIDS Being Aided by Government of Orissa,
2. AIDS: A Coterie of Officers use Tricks of Subterfuge against the High Court Order and,
3. ORISSA MATTERS Exposed a Malady that reached a Remedy, thanks to Prasad Harichandan

On relying upon the Minister’s announcement in the Assembly, people had believed that they would soon be saved from threat of Transfusion Transmitted Infections like AIDS. But the Minister’s announcement stayed inconsequential because of political timidity.

Political Timidity

Prasad Harichandan of the Congress party was the mover of the adjournment motion, in reply to which Health Minister Dr. Damodar Raut had announced to adopt NAT for blood screening. Had the announcement been executed, the credit for its implementation might have also gone to the mover of the motion Mr. Harichandan. So it was abandoned. Health Minister Dr. Raut, who had given the assurance to the Assembly to implement the High Court order in phased manner, till his last day in the department, did not give the necessary thrust to implementation of his own announcement on NAT in the Assembly.

New Health Minister’s query

After Election-2014, a new Minister in Mr. Atanu Sabyasachi Nayak took over the charge of Health. A young, energetic, workaholic person, he immediately addressed himself to pending tasks. And, thus he located how the department has slept over the High Court Judgment as well as the assurance given by the Government to the Assembly for adoption of NAT to stop infected blood flowing into unsuspecting patients.

He sent the following “Note” to the Secretary.

ASNayak to S.H.Note Sheet
Date 19.9.2014
This is regarding implementation of NAT screening method for blood in four centres catering to 6 major blood banks of the State.
The Hon’ble High Court in 2011 in one PIL case filed before it, had passed an order for earliest implementation of NAT. The then Hon’ble Minister, Health and Family Welfare, Odisha had assured on the floor of the house for implementation of NAT in phased manner while answering an adjournment motion on the subject on 01.09.2012. A technical committee constituted by the Government had visited two States i.e. Karnataka & Uttar Pradesh and inspected various centers where NAT was implemented and had given their report.
I am told that SBTC was directed to go ahead for implementation of the project. The major procedure involving financial & technical formalities are also over. The technical expert committee has also given its views on the request of proposals received.
It is a matter of concern why this important decision to implement the direction of Hon’ble High Court has not been operationalized till date.
A detail report in this regard is to be called for at the earliest. A meeting in this regard may also be convened at your level as early as possible to expedite the process.
Minister of State (Ind), Health & F.W, I&PR, Odisha

In response to the Minister’s note, the Health Secretary informed him on 20 September 2014 that, “A meeting in this connection was scheduled to 15.09.2014 which could not be held due to sudden demise of the mother of the Director, State Blood Transfusion Council. The meeting has been rescheduled for 29.09.2014”.

Secretary acts a judge over the judgment

What happened on September 29? The meeting was held under chairmanship of the Secretary of Health. But it was nothing but an exercise of equivocations, and attempts to stymie the implementation. And, more intriguingly, it was a game of subjecting the judgment of the High Court to judgment of the Secretary. The Minister should take serious note of it.

Secretary doesn’t bother about Minister’s query

As would be seen from the Minister’s note sheet, he had asked, “Why this important decision to implement the direction of Hon’ble High Court has not been operationalized till date” And, he had called for “a detail report” on the delay and had directed to convey a meeting “as early as possible to expedite the process”.

But, instead of complying with the absolutely appropriate orders of the Minister, the mandarins invented tricks to delay the process.
I quote from the minutes:
After thorough discussion, the following decisions were taken:
i. The fact sheet on NAT needs be prepared and submitted;
ii. The letter may be issued to NAT technology user States to get feedback on NAT technology after implementation of NAT, such as performance of NAT system, transport logistics, review mechanism along with grievance redress mechanism during failure of equipment.

Playing over judicial wisdom

The “fact sheet on NAT” is already with the department, as otherwise, the decision could not have been taken to adopt NAT and call for Tenders. Why then this decision at Para- i? Moreover, the High Court has analyzed the essential necessity of NAT to stop supplying HIV infected blood to unsuspecting patients. The government has only one option; i.e. implementation of the High Court Order.

Where from the mandarins get the mandate to sit in judgment over the judgment of the High Court?

When the bureaucratic decision quoted above in Para- i is nothing but playing over the judicial wisdom of the High Court, the decision at Para- ii is indicative of how casually the mandarins are treating the issue of AIDS that they generate by supplying contaminated blood to the patients on operation tables or for serious diseases that require regular and frequent blood transfusion like Thalassemia, Sickle Cell etcetera.

Luxury of equivocations

The quoted decision at Para-ii above says, “Letter may be issued to NAT technology user States to get feedback on NAT technology after implementation of NAT”. They shall send letters to other States to get feedback on NAT! What a great design to waste time!

After the High Court judgment, the Secretary of the Health Department had deputed a high-level committee of experts to collect physical feedback from States where NAT is in use and the Expert Committee’s report, strongly recommending adoption of this advanced technology to ensure supply of safe blood, is very much in the records of the department. This has also been reflected in the Minister’s note quoted supra. So, why again the decision to send letters to the same States for feedback? Does replacement of a Secretary with a new incumbent renders earlier obtained feedback useless?

Moreover, why this, when the only option left to the Secretary is implementation of the ruling of the High Court in the 2009 case? And the only duty of the Secretary is to tell the Minister as to why the High Court Ruling has not been implemented.

The minutes of the September 29 meeting is more indicative of confusion the bureaucracy is creating. As for example, item b under Para iii wants the firm to give “Tax Details”. The tender notice issued by the department, to which firms have responded, itself has stipulated in its ‘Format’ that the “rate quoted should include all applicable taxes except Odisha VAT, which would be paid as applicable”.

When the respondents to this notice are bound by the ‘Format’ beyond which they cannot go, why this confusion is created in matter of ‘Tax details’? Obviously, the Secretary does not want implementation of the High Court Order and therefore, unnecessary hurdles are created in provision of funds for the scheme in supplementary budget.

To escape blame, a decision has been noted under Para-v, which states, “To roll out the NAT facility in whole State, the tentative budget requirement will be around Rs.23.7 crores. But as per decision, in first phase total budget, requirement was projected at Rs.9.48 crores (as per EFC decision). Thus provision in supplementary budget will have to be made based on requirements”.

This note, juxtaposed with Para-iv that says, “Policy decision should be chalked out”, read with the mischief as discussed in context of Paras- i, ii and iii above, makes it clear that either the bureaucracy is infested with elements that need greasing of palms to make the matter move or the Secretary is too stubborn to yield to orders of the High Court and the Minister. Be it whatever, it is clear that the mandarins in Health Department are not paying attention to the urgency of stopping supply of AIDS generating contaminated blood from Blood Banks in the State.

Health Secretary makes a farce of EFC

The situation is horrific when the meetings taken by the Health Secretary do not bother about soundness of the minutes of the Expenditure Finance Committee (EFC) held as far back as on 13 December 2013.

“After going through the relevant documents of the Indian Council of Medical research (ICMR) Studies and other related studies papers & documents”, this authoritative body, in its decision No.1 had “approved” the “proposal submitted by the Health and Family welfare Department for implementation of NAT PCR testing method in Blood Banks in the State”. Further “It is decided to be implemented in the three Medical Colleges and Hospitals of the State”, said its 2nd resolution. The Health department has made a farce of this approval of the EFC.

Manners of the mandarins

The following events may help us understand how hazardous to human health are the manners of the mandarins in the Department of Health in Orissa -
1. The High Court of Orissa, shocked to see a 17 month old boy in AIDS by taking blood on the operation table supplied by a Blood Bank of Bhubaneswar, had issued mandatory direction on 28 July 2011 to the State Government to immediately adopt NAT method for blood screening, so as to eliminate every chance for HIV virus escaping detection within window period.

2. The Minister of Health, in replying an adjournment motion on 1 September 2012 on the issue of non-implementation of the High Court ruling, declared in the House that the Government would implement the Order in phased manner with utmost quickness.

3. Following the Minister’s announcement, an expert committee was sent to various States that use NAT method for field study and feedback and the said Committee submitted its report recommending NAT as the most efficient method for ensuring safe blood to the patients that led the Health Department to arrive at a decision to adopt NAT.

4. The Finance Department accorded necessary approval vide the EFC resolution on 13 December 2013.

5. Request of Proposal was issued through ads on 20 February 2014 and offers obtained and firms selected under stipulations laid down by the department.

6. Despite this when the High Court order of 28 July 2011 and the Minister’s announcement of 1 September 2013 were not implemented, despite EFC approval on 13 December 2013 till 15 September 2014, the new Health Minister, in his notes dated 16 September 2014 wanted to know from the Secretary the reasons thereof and asked the Secretary to call a meeting to ascertain who caused the delay and “as early as possible to expedite the process”.

But, instead of honoring the Minister, the Secretary has taken all steps to delay the process!

This is when the State is in the quagmire of AIDS.


Prasant Patnaik’s book on contemporary politics and society unveiled

release of mo drustireA compilation of columns contributed to Suryaprava by eminent journalist Prasanta Patnaik was released by B.K.Publications Pvt Ltd at Bhubaneswar Sunday evening.

We are reproducing here the report published in orissadairy.com

It was intensely a personal journey where larger picture of society automatically becomes a part of my existence, said Prasanta patnaik, veteran columnist, story teller and political commentator. Talking to a select group of writers, journalists, social workers and sensible readers Sri Patnaik spoke strait from his heart on what, how and why he writes.

His sixth book “Mo Drustire” has been unveiled and dedicated to the readers in a ceremony at Pantha Niwas, Bhubaneswar on 19th of October. Former judge of Odisha High court justice A.S.Naidu released the book as chief guest. While speaking on the ceremony justice Naidu outlined few vital points of Sri patnaik’s writing and it’s relevance to our time and society.elaborately speaking on the current state of politics and governance justice Naidu emphasized that a writer must play his role as a social participant and protester of evils.

Famous poet and former vice chancellor of Ravenshaw University Devdas Chhotray spoke about the unseen creative sparks of the book hidden in between the lines.Sri Chhotray said that literature and politics go hand in hand as blood brothers. There is a creative side of every journalist which can at times sparks marvelous literary potential. Critic and historian Professor Pritish Acharya reviewed the book and presented an objective analysis of the book. He pointed out that every political writer must look in to the global context of the local politics. Poet and critic Kedar Mishra coordinated and introduced the book, author and the guests to the audience. Publisher and owner of BK publication Bijaya Kumar Mohapatra proposed official vote of thanks.

The chief guest felicitated cover Designer Sudhir Lenka, renowned cartoonist Kamalakanta Rath, young photographer Ayush patnaik, writer’s assistants Subhasree and Sagarika for their contribution to bring out the book.

Orissa is always so beautiful

Subhas Chandra Pattanayak

leafless loveliness


It was July 16, this year. Monsoon was in adolescence. Its eager embrace was melting the summer into intermittent showers. Sky was lusciously dressed in clouds. The road was lonely. I was coming back to Bhubaneswar from Rourkela. Time was noon.


And on the roadside, in that enticing solitude, I had seen someone whom all these months I have tried to describe, but have never got the words to say what exactly it was.


Was it me in my amazement spread from the road to the horizon?


Was it just a feeling of becoming one with eternality in enormity of nature?


After around four months, this leafless loveliness captured in my iPhone reminds me of that lovely moment.

Orissa is always so beautiful.

The report is old, but certainly most relevant

Subhas Chandra Pattanayak

Alok Jena, on whose petition the Supreme Court of India has promulgated the current CBI investigation into chit fund felony, has surprised us with his stout suspicion that the Special Director of CBI Anil Kumar Sinha, who is in charge of the investigation, has been trying to derail the inquiry. His press note reveals that Sinha is eager to become the CBI Director and that’s why he wants the ongoing chit fund inquiry go haywire.

Why should Sinha derail the Orissa enquiry if he is interested in acquiring the CBI top post? How can Orissa politicians/IAS and IPS officers of Orissa who figure in course of the current investigation, even Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik to whom needle of suspicion is pointing in increasing speed, influence the central government for elevation of Sinha, if the investigation really gets derailed?

As we were searching for a credible answer, we get a clue. If the inquiry is not derailed, the black face of some of the close associates of Prime Minister Narendra Modi may be unveiled. So, ultimately BJP is to be pleased, if the Orissa Inquiry is derailed by Sinha.

In these pages our stress has been repeatedly laid on the necessity of investigation into involvement of Justice Laxmikant Mohapatra in obliging chit fund cheat Pradip Sethy, which the CBI has not yet done. It has booked former Advocate General Asok Mohanty in matter of a residential plot, whereas the offense centering that particular plot begins with Justice Mohapatra. If the CBI reaches Mohapatra, it may also reach the crux of illegalities resorted to in allocation of plots from discretionary quota to dozens of Judges and powerful functionaries by sheer misuse of position mostly by two persons who were and are top leaders of BJP in Orissa, one, even now heading it. It may come to light, how Modi’s cabinet colleague from Orissa Jewel Oram has benefited from the same sort of illegalities too.

A friend has preferred a video to me in matter of a different posting. Even as I have already used the same, I deem it proper to use it here, because it provides a clue to why the BJP government in the center may be pleased with Sinha if, as suspected by Jena, the ongoing CBI enquiry in Orissa is derailed. The video shows how BJP leaders, when holding cabinet berths as Urban Development Ministers, have misused discretionary quota. We suspect, they have granted this favor to certain judges to buy protection in cases they were involved; and to some others under backhanders, which can only be defined by a faithful CBI, if its enquiry is not derailed.

The report is old; but is certainly most relevant.


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