BJP engaged in wiping out the evidences of illegal land grabbing

Subhas Chandra Pattanayak

A tiny facet of misrule and loot of the State going on in Naveen Patnaik’s administration has just been spotted at Gangapatna in the outskirt of mainstream Bhubaneswar, where around a hundred acres of forestland reduced by timber mafia to minor forest, has been grabbed by close collaborators of the Chief Minister, one of whom suspected is his blue-eyed boy Kalpataru Das, sent by him to Rajya Sabha oblivious of many worthy aspirants. Das has a nasty trail of dishonesty and is considered a black sheep by many of his colleagues in the ruling BJD.
Chief Minister’s blue-eyed boy and his collaborators in administration are so deeply linked to this design to grab the hundred acres that the land not only has a surrounding wall erected in contravention of Forrest Laws to give it a glow of exclusivity, but also a road has been built in the offenders’ service.

The Chief Minister’s total silence in the matter, when the whole of the State is in fire over this glimpse of offence, has made the situation more serious than corruption that the Naveen brand of administration stand synonym to.

But the conduct of BJP in this matter makes it more complicated. As the pictures below would show, BJP musclemen have all on a sudden become extremely active to remove the speaking evidences of the crime in a clever manner. They have razed down the compound wall illegally erected around the grabbed patch of land and also have started wiping out the illegally built road thereto.

BJP destroys corpus delicti of land grab 1BJP destroys corpus delicti of land grab 2

Why the BJP has tried to wipe out the evidences of illegal constructions of compound wall and approach road concerning the 100 acres in question, is a question its state president K.V.Singhdeo may answer in interest of probity, if he or his party has the slightest regard for probity in public life.

Naxals in Judicial Wisdom

Subhas Chandra Pattanayak

“The poor and the deprived people revolt” when “manifest injustices of all forms perpetrated against the weak”, the Supreme Court of India had observed in what is famous as “Salwa Judam” judgment. It had held, “People do not take up arms, in an organized fashion, against the might of the State, or against fellow human beings without rhyme or reason. Guided by an instinct for survival, and according to Thomas Hobbes, a fear of lawlessness that is encoded in our collective conscience, we seek an order. However, when that order comes with the price of dehumanization, of manifest injustices of all forms perpetrated against the weak, the poor and the deprived people revolt… … …”

But the very same fellows who have never condemned Nathuram Godse for having cold-bloodedly murdered Mahatma Gandhi, while demanding death for killers of so-called Swami and Saraswati Laxmananand, whose acts of religious revivalism had breached communal harmony in Kandhamal in such acrimonious velocity that a mayhem had to get rid of him at the cost of peace and tranquility in that beloved land of tribal magnanimity, have been condemning the “the poor and the deprived people” when they “revolt’, their leadership that the Naxals/Maoists constitute.

Laxmananand’s extinguishment forms the crux of a Judicial Enquiry headed presently by a former Judge of Orissa High Court, Justice Naidu. Yet, the Godse admirers and their allies in the pro-rich administration – always eager to perpetrate State-terrorism on progressive people – are one in condemning the opponents of caste-divide in Hindu society in general and Orissa’s icon of modern revolution Sabyasachi Panda in particular, for the homicidal death of the Hindu sectarian leader who was executing a mission of conversion of vulnerable people from other religions to Hindu, oblivious of how Indian Constitution was being denuded of its spirit thereby, even though the commission of enquiry is yet to find out who really was responsible for the death of Laxmananand.
It may so happen, if the Commission of Enquiry acts without any bias, Justice Naidu, who has wanted Sabysachi Panda to be produced before him for study of his role, if any, in the murder and its environment he is inquiring into, may held Laxmananand responsible for his own death.

But, the Godseites have been trying to obstruct the process of free thinking of Justice Naidu by shrouding the Judicial Commission with clouds of libretto that the Naxala/Maoists are criminals.

Had it been so, people would never have punished Manmohan Singh

There was a Prime Minister of India in Manmohan Singh whose Americanism was so shamelessly anti-Nasxals that the people of India have avenged their ruin by throwing his party to such filthy depth of the dustbin of electoral politics that the Congress, despite all its cries before its party-planted President, has been rightly found too stoutly rejected by the people to claim the post of the Leader of Opposition in the Lok Sabha, had described the left revolutionaries as “left viruses”. People have punished him and the Congress for this nasty conduct, though in their anxiety to get rid of the Congress they had become so rash that they are yet to extricate themselves from another set-up of supporters of FDI in India, which the middleclass opportunists and ultra-high-rich combine, has brought into power in a climate of conglomeration of rich media and religious revivalism. Lest the Supreme Judiciary, known for its free thinking so far, becomes a hurdle, the new set-up has already taken steps to make it easier for the pro-rich elements entering into the high benches. Yet, it looks pertinent to see what the Naxals are in the wisdom of the supreme Judiciary.

In the eyes of the Supreme Judiciary

In trying to locate the reasons of the growth of Naxal movement, wherein tribal youths are conspicuous by their participation, the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India, in ‘Nandini Sundar v. State of Chhattisgarh’ (AIR 2011 SC 2839), have noted: “Many of these tribal youngsters, on account of the violence perpetrated against them, or their kith and kin and others in the society in which they live, have already been dehumanized. To have feelings of deep rage, and hatred, and to suffer from the same is a continuation of the condition of dehumanization. The role of a responsible society, and those who claim to be concerned of their welfare, which the State is expected to under our Constitution, ought to be one of creating circumstances in which they could come back or at least tread the path towards normalcy, and a mitigation of their rage, hurt, and desires for vengeance” (Para 52).

At Para 71 the Court further observed, “As we remarked earlier, the fight against Maoist/Naxalite violence cannot be conducted purely as a mere law and order problem to be confronted by whatever means the State can muster. The primordial problem lies deep within the socio-economic policies pursued by the State on a society that was already endemically, and horrifically, suffering from gross inequalities”.

In the eyes of the Father of Indian Constitution

“We must remove the contradiction (this gross inequality) at the earliest possible moment or else those who suffer from inequality will blow up the structure of political democracy which this Assembly has so laboriously built up”, Dr. Ambedkar, father of the Constitution had warned while replying to the last debates on the draft Constitution (Constituent Assembly Debates, Volume 8, p.279).

The Supreme Court, in their observation quoted above had to so observe, as the gross inequality between the Indians divided in two parts – the meager numbers of the rich and the massive numbers of the poor – instead of being removed, has become more savagely severe.

As Naxal/Maoist movement has grown against this background, agents of imperialism in power have made rigorous laws like Act No 15 of 2002 that equates the Naxal/Maoists with terrorist and applies the Act to them with retrospective effect.

But, by enactment of this act, the Supreme Court verdict cited supra is not denuded of its wisdom and Dr. Ambedkar’s words of their wise relevance.

Human conscience cannot be suppressed by Laws of Intimidation, whosoever in power frames and enforces them.

Revolutionaries were there, who brought us freedom.

Revolutionaries are there who dare State-terror to bring us emancipation.

Revolutionaries will be there, on whom shall depend people’s liberation from the yokes of exploitation.

And, in true judicial wisdom, not the exploiters, but the ones suffering for saving the people from exploitation, shall always have the right place of importance.

Therefore, despite draconian Laws equating politico-economic revolutionaries with cross-border and communal terrorists, in Judicial wisdom, as per Justice K. S. Ahluwallia of Calcutta High Court. “Naxalism or Maoism is a political movement wedded to violence and the participants thereof are political offenders”, not criminals.

Interpretation of Laws in various Courts by various Judges may differ, but judicial wisdom uttered in cases of politico-economic relevance, such as the ‘Salwa Judam’ and ‘Political prisoners’ cases, cannot be viewed as anything but expressed wisdom in matter of social and politico-economic developmental perspective.

One is to decide how to read between the lines.

SoPS in misguiding acrobatics again in the name of Gopabandhu

Subhas Chandra Pattanayak
When our research prompted our conscience to expose the serious offenses committed against Utkalmani Gopabandhu Das and Orissa by the Servants of the People Society {SoPS), and when the people of Cuttack, where it is having its State Branch, rejected its invitation to participate in annual oblations (Tila Tarpana} it was to offer in his memory, and when the Save-the-Samaja-Forum organized public pledge campaigns through silent black-flag-demonstration as well as vociferous rallies with Sankalpa Rath (vehicle of pledge) rolling ahead in making people aware of how SoPS has betrayed Gopabandhu and occupied the Samaja by using a forged will of the late lamented leader, the hoodlums of SoPS, in jittery, contrived methods to mislead the people of Orissa with a motor vehicle running into different places of the State under a mischievously designed banner, ‘Gopabandhu Jyoti Rath’, for the first time in 2013 since his death in 1928.

At a cost of several lakhas of rupees, they engaged an event-management firm to run the ‘Jyoti Rath’ and by misusing media power cultivated the Chief Minister’s office to off-the-record force field officers to pompously receive the said Rath in order only to lessen the impact of the ‘Sankalpa Rath Yatra of Save-the-Samaja-Forum.

The low-paid, unpaid, exploited reporters from Block to District level were asked to hire people to help the ostentatious event appear popular. They carried out the instruction against assurances that the money spent for purpose would be reimbursed. But till date they have not got back the money they had spent on hiring the fellows.

The criminals in its roll of SoPS who have earned disdainful mention in the report of Justice Arijit Pasayat Committee that had investigated into financial and moral offenses rampant in the Samaja establishment are in jitters, as discovery of the original will of Gopabandhu has established that they are using a forged will to keep the newspaper in their illegal occupation.

They are sure of criminal prosecution for the crime they have committed.

Only if the police could be tamed, they may gain some time.

With this design, they have devised a new method to dazzle the Police-Station level officials to escape immediate arrest.
In nexus with a private TV channel and with support from a few commercial/industrial houses, they have devised an evening of entertainment by some singers and dancers under the pretense of expressing gratitude to martyrs of freedom movement on the occasion of this Independence day. They have roped in the Police Commissioner as the chief guest. The very same fellows of SoPS that are actively misusing a forged will of the legendary freedom fighter Pt. Gopabandhu Das, have projected themselves as authorities of the Samaja in various capacities, even though they have yet to establish their authenticity in the court of law where their claim of office is challenged by distinguished life member of SoPS, Prof. Kishore Ch. Tripathy. President of Utkalmani Newspaper Employees Association Journalist Deviprasanna Nayak has also wanted them to clarify their position in context of the challenge to their authenticity as employees are deeply affected by uncertainty over ownership of the Samaja. But, there is no reply as yet, as SoPS knows that their crime is no more a secret.

It is not that the Police Commissioner doesn’t know of the offenses these fellows are involved with. Hon’e High Court of Orissa have given direction to the Police Chief to act upon allegation of crime against these swindlers of Samaja funds. FIRs filed by Tripathy are also pending.

One is at loss to understand, how the Police Commissioner allows himself to be associated with these fellows when their criminal conduct forms the crux of so many disputes.

Brave people of Orissa fighting the Flood, as Political Govt. Discernibly Fails

Subhas Chandra Pattanayak

With pictorial input from Chitta Mohanty/Pabitra M. maharatha

Flood 2014

People of Orissa know that their Political Government is of no use in times of calamities like the present flood, though the Executive Government may be of some use during and after the catastrophe. Therefore, oblivious of what their leaders are doing, they are, in their own way, fighting the flood.

The following pictures testify.

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It is to be marked that the affected people belong mainly to the poor working class and marginal farmers, whose houses are not strong enough to withstand the deluge. The picture taken from a distance shows how the rising flood threatens the thatched houses as a helpless person has no other way than watching in despair. No necessity to say where, because it is everywhere in affected Orissa.

resigned to fate as rising flood threatens thatched houses

Executive Government is claiming to have rescued 1.5 lakh people, but as per Deputy Relief Commissioner Pravat Ranjan Mohapatra, 84,650 persons are sheltered in relief camps. Where are the rest of the rescued persons? Answer won’t be available, because anarchy and confusion is the prevailing syndrome Orissa administration is afflicted with, as otherwise, two days ago, when the spate was menacing, the chief minister could not have declared that the “flood situation is under control”. But reality dose not support the CM’s claim, as thereafter the flood updates by officials show that the number of villages and victims of flood is in constant increase.

Minimum 28.58 lakh people in 4,951 villages of 134 blocks in 1,300 gram panchayats spread over 23 districts have been affected due to the floods, if the latest words of Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) are counted. All this is because of a nonchalant Political Government.

Want of Embankment Policy

A man in political power for more than fifteen years, in charge over water resources, Mr. Naveen Patnaik has never bothered about proper maintenance of river embankments and has never contemplated to have even an Embankment Policy, whereas, the Water Plan 2004 is kept inconsequential by the Political Government.

This Water Plan prepared by the Department of Water Resources, under control of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has been abandoned.

Though the “Plan” makers failed to find how far the embankments are meant to withstand the discharge in the delta basin, they had made it unambiguously clear that the embankments are deficient in several counts. To quote it, “The embankments are deficient in several counts.
They are not continuous. There are wide gaps at several places. They are not of uniform standard. Some are capital embankments, some are other agricultural embankments, some are test relief embankments and some are gherry bunds. The four categories have separate specifications. They are not properly designed. Most of them are deficient in slope and lack proper elevation at places. They are very poorly maintained”.

Water Plan abandoned

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik should have studied the Water Plan in right earnest and acted to rectify the defects so emphatically pointed out therein. But, he did not do it. He has neither framed an Embankment Policy, nor has he shown any interest to remove the defects in embankment system as shown in the Water Plan 2004. As a result, breached embankments have precipitated severe spread of the flood. See some pictures:

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The present flood has its severity because of two river systems: Mahanadi and Baitarani.
The pictures below would show, how, oblivious of the danger from fragile, poorly maintained, neglected embankments, industries have been helped by Naveen Patnaik to brutalize the beds of these two rivers causing thereby severe blockage in free flow, forcing the freshets to violate the normal confines. Mark them:

Mahanadi bed in industrial trapSubhas Ch. Pattanayak on the spot where Mahanadi is strangulated for industry

The situation has become worst, as because of his mad support to various industries, the natural beds of important rivers have been savagely tampered with, leading to breach of embankments under pressure of water debouching or over jumping the banks and levees.
The Water Plan 2004 had viewed lack of drainage a major reason of flood. To quote it: “Due to poor drainage system of the area, the flood water stays on and damages the crops and canal system, public and private utilities and properties. When this flood water combines with local rain water, the problem becomes more severe and acute”. Yet the government has failed to understand this phenomenon and helped industries strangulate the natural drainage. When the above two pictures show how Mahanadi is being strangulated, the two pictures below focusses on the debacles Baitarani is being subjected to by shrinkage of her natural breadth of flowing.

Severe destruction of Baitarani bedintake-well-on-baitarani chocks its free flow

 

Strengthening of embankments essential

From the history of flood in Orissa juxtaposed with data of recent floods, it transpires that strengthening of embankments to bear with 16 lakh cusecs of flow is essential to provide the people with enough protection from flood devastation, because floods of post-Hirakud period have not exceeded this volume so far. Only the Political Government could have done it. But Orissa’s Political Government, particularly under the preening prince of Bijudom, has blatantly failed.

Necessity of additional dams

The political Government could have erected additional dams to obstruct floods of this type in a more effective and useful manner. A dam at Tikarpada and another at Naraj in addition to Hirakud would fully control flood in Mahanadi delta, had underlined Dr. A.N.Khosla, He was certainly right, but vote bank politics punctured the proposal.

Alternative

In such circumstance the Water Plan envisaged “construction of a pond with conservation level of RL.54.90m. The control structure has to be designed in such a manner that the outflow from the pond will be limited to a safe discharge of 9 lakh cusec when a 100 year flood impinges. From routing studies it is seen that this is possible if the water level is allowed to rise to RL. 77.0m. When the design flood passes areas lying farthest from the pond will be submerged for only 24 hours and area closest to the pond for a period of 6 days and 6 hours (once in 100 years.). 64 villages will thus be affected. Habitations need not be submerged as gherry bunds up to 2 m height above flood level will be constructed around them. No towns will be affected. The proposal seems attractive and need further detailed investigation and proper design”.

Flood Storage

The Water Planners had further said, “Even if this proposal may not be accepted fully, a combination of the following measures may be considered. Some exclusive flood storage in the tributary reservoirs should be developed to reduce the MWL of the barrage.The ‘dynamic storage’ may be reduced to a lower level acceptable on submergence point of view. The safe discharge at Naraj may be raised to say 14 lakh cusecs experienced in 2001 and 2003 by strengthening the embankments.

Drawbacks in flood forecasting

A better flood forecasting mechanism at Hirakud to enhance the flood moderation capacity of the reservoir” was stressed upon. Behind this was location of specific drawbacks in flood forecasting system. To the Water Planners, “data transmission mechanism” was “unreliable” particularly at the time of flood, while observing that the “existing data communication mechanism is time consuming”. A single UG for a big catchment unit area up to 60,000 km2 involves error and the process of estimation of effective rainfall is also full of error, it was pointed out, in the Water Plan. Therefore, there is enough scope for development in the existing flood forecasting mechanism, it was pointed out in the Water Plan. But, the facilitator of POSCO, Vedanta, Tata, Bhushan and all such likes, got no time in the last ten years to pay attention to this.

Devastated yet brave people

Now as 38 deaths officially reported, 526 villages with 3.26 lakhs pf people marooned as per official report dated yesterday, at least 6.57 lakhs of livestocks severely affected when 96 domestic animals are dead and 2,69,765 Hectares of standing crop totally damaged, 24,823 houses collapsed (Ibid), the loss in terms of health and man days unfathomable, the brave people of Orissa are trying to save themselves, as the Political Government has failed them.

EXPOSURE PUSHES WRONG OFFICIAL ORDERS INTO SILENT DEATH

Subhas Chandra Pattanayak

We are not sure; yet we have reason to believe that the exposure in ORISSA MATTERS has forced secondary education officials to give a silent death to a blatantly illegal order issued by the Director of Secondary Education, Orissa in matter of a private High School we had cited as an instance.

The exposure was in two parts. The first part was captioned: Fish Market continues in the Directorate of Secondary Education:An Instance, and the second part was: Hub of manufacturing forged Certificates runs with the support of the Education Officials.

When one Dhobanath Sahu had run away from a school – Sankarsan Godi Godisahi Bidyapitha after his offenses such as manufacturing and marketing of forged certificates and misappropriation of funds and clandestine selling of school furnitures came to the notice of the Managing Committee, pending disciplinary proceedings, the MC had demoted him from the post of Head Master In-Charge ((HM I/C) to the third position in its faculty list. As the School became eligible for block grant and the Directorate of Secondary Education wanted the faculty list for approval of their appointment, the MC had submitted the list with Sahu in the third position. But, the Government did not consider him worthy of approval as a teacher.

Despite this, after many years of abandonment, when it was clear that the block grant would proceed into 100% grant-in-aid entitling the teachers to draw regular and full salary in time scale, Sahu managed to obtained a mysterious order from the Director of Secondary Education that declared him reinstated with retrospective effect in the post of HM I/C of the concerned school. And, it was stated therein that the Director has quashed his retrenchment! When Sahu was never retrenched, quashing his retrenchment was, if anything, a trick contrived to confuse the MC in serving Sahu’s interest instead of the school’s interest.

ORISSA MATTERS exposed this.

Exposed to the core, the mandarines have given the order of reinstatement of Sahu as HM I/C issued by the Director a silent death by projecting Ms. Namitarani Maharatha as the HM I/C in an order promulgated yesterday (7 August 2014) bearing the cadre list of teachers of the same school, where Sahu’s name has no mention even.

Here is the Notification.

cadrelist of teachers in SGGBcadrelist of teachers of SGGB 2

 

Yet, it is imperative that the Government in the Department of School and Mass Education should take action against the Director and his team that had contrived the tricks to impose Sahu on the school as HM I/C instead of handing him over to police for the serious offenses he committed before absconding.

We will keep an eye on this matter as a matter of a case study.

Hub of manufacturing forged Certificates runs with the support of Education Officials

Subhas Chandra Pattanayak
In my preceding article I have exposed how secondary education officials from the Director to Circle Inspector of  Schools have acted in nexus with a manufacturer of forged certificates of the School as well as of the Board of Secondary Education, Orissa and how, in their eagerness to support this miscreant, they have ruined the academic peace and tranquility of the high school that the villagers had established to open up the gateway to higher education for their children.

The exposure is captioned: Fish Market continues in Directorate of School and Mass Education: An Instance. Click here to peruse the same.

This posting is a pictorial presentation of facts elaborated in that report. The Department of School and Mass Education, Government of Orissa is challenged to refute these evidences, if by investigation they find the report to be wrong. Or let the Minister, School and Mass Education step in and feed us with what action he takes against his officials that are in nexus with the manufacturer of forged certificates as exposed by us. Playing havoc with education is not permissible.
Picture No.1:
issued on 3.5.2001T.C. No. 1066426 was issued on 3.5.2001 to one Shyama Sunder Senapati wherein ‘purpose of leaving the school was mentioned as “For Service”. His date of admission is shown as 20.7.86 and his number in the Admission Register is shown as 15/86. Even the percentage of his attendance in the class is shown: 92.06%. But in reality, Senapati was never admitted into the School. In fact, there was no admission on 20.7.86. Obviously, Senapati wanted the TC with a date of birth suitable to him for service eligibility and he bribed heavily Sri Sahu and got the TC.

Picture No.2:
issued on 11.5.2001 -2The number of this TC is: 10066429. Beneficiary of this forged TC Suresh Kumar Pradhan is shown to have taken admission on 24.7.92 and his number in the Admission Register is shown: 26/92. The date of leaving the school is shown: 20.12.92 and the marks secured are shown ‘A’,’C’ and ‘B’ respectively against WE/SUPW, Art Education and Health/Physical Education. Yet, there is no mention of his percentage of attendance, though that is a must requirement to be mentioned in the TC and he had read in the school for 17 months till the date of his leaving the school on 20.12.94. It is shown in the TC that he had left the school “For Service”. But like the previous one, this one was also manufactured against heavy payola. As records of the school shows, Pradhan was never admitted in the school, there was no admission on 24.7.92 and the Admission Register had not even reached the serial 26.

Picture No.3:

fraudulently genrated HSCEven Board of Secondary Education certificates were being generated fraudulently and sold to non-students at very heavy price in a planned manner wherein Board officials were also involved. Non-students were being sent to the Board as “regular students” for High School Examination and with the help of agents in the Board, HS Certificates were also being generated. Then Headmaster I/C Sri Sahu was handing over the same to the buyers. One such certificate bears the Serial No: M1942241. Sri Sahu has signed it on 3.12.07 as the Headmaster. But the student Nesarat Mahammad was not a student of this school.

 

HSC 2Picture No.4:

A big bunch of High School Certificates including this one bearing number A107187008 in the name of Yusuf Khan had arrived in the school. It was seen that none of the claimants of the certificates, recommended to the Board by former Headmaster I/C Dhobanath Sahu as regular students was at all admitted in the school.
Picture 5:

affidavitThe new HM I/C Bijay Kumar Nayak refused to give them the certificates, as there was no trace of them in the school admission register. Board Secretary as well as the Inspector of Schools,, Khurdha Circle forced the new HM I/C to issue them the certificates on obtaining affidavits from them wherein they were to declare their date of birth, names of parents, addresses and that they were students of the school. That was complied with as this photocopy of an affidavit shows. Certificates, thus, were issued under signature of the new HM I/C. This proves that the Board of Secondary Education and the Inspector of Schools,, Khurdha Circle were deeply involved with this forgery and Dobanath Sahu was running the racket of certificate manufacturing in the school with their help.

D.Sahu in 3rd postPicture No.6:

Overwhelmed by offenses of Dhobanath Sahu including running the forged certificate racket, misappropriation of funds, unauthorized absence and abandonment of job, the Managing Committee demoted him to the 3rd position in the least of its staff, as seen in this picture, in Information Form No. A (ii). On going through it vis-à-vis allegations against him on records, the government did not approve his appointment as a teacher.

CI to D.SahuPicture 7:

Despite this, Circle Inspector Priti Pratima Bhol contrived a mischief to see Sahu in the top post of faculty in the School. This is the photo copy of her illegal order.

order of directorPicture No.8:
When the CI’s arbitrary conduct marked in the above order, mingled with subsequent orders of malicious conspiracy has given birth to such anti-academic developments that the High Court had to admit a writ case and the matter stands sub judice, the Director of Secondary education has issued a mysterious order that quashes the retrenchment of Sahu when he was not retrenched. Funny orders emanate when palms are greased, some say.

I hope, Orissa’s educated persons and ‘Non-Resident Oriya’ population whose cries for betterment of school and mass education know no bound in TV channel discussions and online forums, would look at this case study in non-meretricious manner and prevail upon the minister concern, Debi Prasad Mishra and the man of their high appreciation, chief minister Naveen Patnaik to react to this exposure, so that we can know how far their pronounced commitment to betterment of school and mass education matches their action.

Fish Market continues in Directorate of Secondary Education: An Instance

Subhas Chandra Pattanayak
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik was not even in the womb of politics. Orissa Assembly had to plunge into pandemonium over a frontbencher’s allegation that the education directorate had become a fish market where every file movement had a price tag. Even ministers were one with the allegation.

Sadly, the scenario has not changed. The same fish market character is yet discernible.  Director to clerks in the Directorate of Secondary Education sleep over a matter if palms are not greased and illegal orders are manufactured and enforced if pockets are taken proper care of.

I will cite a single instance.

I may cite many instances. But I am citing a single instance with the specific purpose that, for the new minister in charge of the portfolio – Sri Debi Prasad Mishra, who, unlike many of his colleagues is a sharp grasper – can pay his concentrated attention to the syndrome if a single instance is focused and reach a remedy.

So, here it is.

Sankarsan Godi Godi Sahi Bidyapitha

Director, Secondary Education, Orissa, in a letter signed by Deputy Director (NGS) on 7.5.14, has quashed the retrenchment order of Sri Dhobanath Sahu, in-charge Headmaster of this school and has allowed him “to resume in his duty in the school immediately”. This order of “so-called reinstatement” has been challenged as “illegal/arbitrary/high-handed” in W.P.(C) No.10575/2014.

Without prejudice to the case in question, it may be mentioned that the Director has created the situation for the case that has ruined the academic environment of a rural high school founded, not by the Government, but by the villagers for benefit of their children.

It is just a case study on how school education in Orissa is being imperiled by the Director of Secondary Education as his corrupt colleagues have kept the Directorate a “fish market”.

The School by the villagers for their children

As the State Government stayed apathetic to people’s demand for a High School so that the gateway to higher education could have opened for their children, the villagers of Godisahi, Godi in the district of Khurdha resolved to establish a high school by them. A man of great humanitarian concern of the locality Sri Abhay Ch. Nanda donated a decent patch of land to the villagers for establishment of the High School and the same started functioning with the collective contributions of the villagers. On recommendation of the Government, as the people had “fulfilled all the conditions for recognition”, the Board of Secondary Education recognized the private school by order No. 283 dated 8.1.1993, that helped the students graduate from the said school, which was essential for their higher education.

Churning machine of illegal TCs

The above named Dhobanath Sahu was the Headmaster in-charge of the school. He took full advantage of the recognition and made the school a churning machine of illegal certificates. Let us take into accounts only two days of a single month in order not to overload this presentation with documents. The month is May 2001 and the dates are 3 and 11. T.C. No. 1066426 was issued on 3.5.2001 to one Shyama Sunder Senapati wherein ‘purpose of leaving the school was mentioned as “For Service”. His date of admission is shown as 20.7.86 and his number in the Admission Register is shown as 15/86. Even the percentage of his attendance in the class is shown: 92.06%. But in reality, Senapati was never admitted into the School. In fact, there was no admission on 20.7.86. Obviously, Senapati wanted the TC with a date of birth suitable to him for service eligibility and he bribed heavily Sri Sahu and got the TC.

Racket of manufactured certificates

The second instance of manufactured TC is the one issued on 11.5.2001 to one Suresh Kumar Pradhan. The number of this TC is: 10066429. Pradhan is shown to have taken admission on 24.7.92 and his number in the Admission Register is shown: 26/92. The date of leaving the school is shown: 20.12.92 and the marks secured are shown ‘A’,’C’ and ‘B’ respectively against WE/SUPW, Art Education and Health/Physical Education. Yet, there is no mention of his percentage of attendance, though that is must requirement to be mentioned in the TC and he had read in the school for 17 months till the date of his leaving the school on 20.12.94. It is shown in the TC that he had left the school “For Service”. But like the previous one, this one was also manufactured against heavy payola. As records of the school shows, Pradhan was never admitted in the school, there was no admission on 24.7.92 and the Admission Register had not even reached the serial 26.

For service, authentic proof of the date of birth is essential. And, a school leaving certificate/transfer certificates (TC) carries the date of birth, legally accepted as authentic. Dhobanath Sahu churned out such certificates against huge money collected clandestinely.
Even Board of Secondary Education certificates were being generated fraudulently and sold to non-students at very heavy price in a planned manner wherein Board officials were also involved. Non-students were being sent to the Board as “regular students” for High School Examination and with the help of agents in the Board, HS Certificates were also being generated. Then Headmaster I/C Sri Sahu was handing over the same to the buyers. One such certificate bears the Serial No: M1942241. Sri Sahu has signed it on 3.12.07 as the Headmaster. But the student Nesarat Mahammad was not a student of this school.

MC in action

Such some mischief having come to the attention of the staff as well as the managing committee, before the managing committee initiate any action against his frauds, Sahu relinquished his responsibility on his own accord and requested the Secretary of the MC on 10.7.2008, that, as he was “not working properly” because of being under the load of “so many problems” , he had already “left HM and Hostel charge”; and requested him to give “HM and Hostel charge specially to Bijaya Kumar Nayak”. And, with this much intimation to the Secretary, he abandoned the school under panic.

The MC of the school, under such extraordinary situation looked into his conduct in depth. To its horror, it found that not only such fraud in generation and issuance of certificates to non-students, but also his activities included misappropriation of school properties and even selling away of a lot of classroom furniture like chairs and tables. The MC wanted to hear him in this matter. But he did not come despite repeated notices.

In its meeting No.08 of 2008, the MC recorded details of the offenses committed by Sri Sahu and unanimously adopting resolutions against him, informed the same to the Inspector of Schools,, Khurdha Circle as well as to the Director of Secondary Education and Board of Secondary Education, Orissa. The MC enumerated his offenses and resolved to dismiss him. Yet, as he had not handed over the charges, particularly the accounts of the school for 10 years under his headmastership, he was given 15 days time to handover charges as per law, failing which, as communicated to him through Advocate Ajit Kumar Patnaik on 7.11.2008, it would be deemed that he has no interest for the post and the funds not accounted for by him spanning 10 years would be treated as “misappropriated” and the MC would take “appropriate legal action” for recovery of the money.

BSE and CI involved in the racket

As Sri Sahu continued to keep mum, a big bunch of High School Certificates arrived and it was seen that the claimants of the certificates, recommended to the Board by Sahu as regular students were not at all admitted in the school. New HM I/C Bijay Kumar Nayak refused to give them the certificates, as there was no trace of them in the school admission register. Board Secretary as well as the Inspector of Schools,, Khurdha Circle forced the new HM I/C to issue them the certificates on obtaining affidavits from them wherein they were to declare their date of birth, names of parents, addresses and that they were students of the school. That was complied with and certificates, thus, were issued under signature of the new HM I/C. This proves that the Board of Secondary Education and the Inspector of Schools,, Khurdha Circle were deeply involved with this forgery and Dobanath Sahu was running the racket of certificate manufacturing in the school with their help.

Exemplary action by MC

The offenses of Sahu were so serious that in view of his total silence over the charges and abandonment of service, he could have been dismissed from service. Yet, the MC did not dismiss him. It demoted him to the 3rd position in the cadre list of its teachers and informed him of this in its Secretary’s letter dated 4.11.2008, while asking its lawyer to serve on him the notice mentioned supra. It was an exemplary action. But this magnanimity shown to him was ignored by Sahu, as he was in active Panchayat politics by then and the demotion order had not absolved him from the offenses he had committed.

The School under Block Grant

After this demotion was effected, the School was taken into the Block Grant scheme a copy of which reached the school on 6.11.2008. Block Grants ensures a minimum amount of stable salary with financial support from the state, a step ahead towards full salary at par with government schools. The school was instructed to submit its staff list for approval of appointment by 10.11.2008, which the school complied with on 8.11.2008, showing Dhobanath Sahu in the third position in the list of teachers and staff.

Approval refused to Sahu

As transpires from Government Orders communicated through Circle Inspector’s letter No. 8202 dt.25.5.2009 and letter No. 16982 dt. 9.11.2009, the government refused to approve Sahu as a teacher, as by then it was aware of the forgery and other illegalities he had committed as HM I/C of the school. But Sahu was not to miss the chance to regular pay through the gateway of Block Grant. He was anyhow to grab approved status despite denial of approval to his appointment by the government. He cultivated the lady Inspector Priti Pratima Bhol to achieve this.

Priti Pratima Bhol gives birth to a mischief

Under his influence, Inspector of Schools of the circle Ms. Priti Pratima Bhol gave birth to a mischief that has since then destroyed the academic environment of the school under loads of litigation.

She was so gained over by Sahu that she generated a letter on 25.01.10 bearing No.986 addressed directly to him as “Headmaster in charge” of the school, wherein she gave reference of two letters she had received from Sahu on 17.11.2008 and 21.12.2009 and said:

“You reported to this office that you attended the school on dt.15.11.08 and dt. 21.12.09. But the ex-secretary of the school did not allow you to resume the duty of the school.

In this connection you are requested to proceed to the school and resume the duties properly. Any obstacles arises in the matter, may be reported to the undersigned for further course of action at this end”.

The copy of this letter was communicated to Bijay Kumar Sahoo, assistant teacher of the school, requesting him “to co-operate Sri Sahu to work in the school, threatening him simultaneously that if “any deviation arises in the matter”, he “will be held responsible for the purpose”.

Priti’s mischief is as naked as a nude in this letter. In order dated 5.2.2010 in W.P.(C) No. 2096 of 2010, the High Court of Orissa had held this order illegal with the observation that the “Inspector of schools, Khurda Circle, Khurda has absolutely no jurisdiction to thrust upon the school to accept Shree Dhobanath Sahoo as Headmaster In-charge in the said institution, which is solely within the domain of the Managing Committee”. This order was recalled on technical ground in RVWPET No.42 of 2010, in order to give a chance to Sahu to step in to the Writ Case and say his version. The issue has rested there.

But the Director of Secondary Education was duty bound to take administrative steps against Priti Pratima Bhol for her corruption discernible in the letter cited supra.

These are the points that bare her corruption:

1. She was in possession of the minutes and resolutions of the School Managing Committee Meeting No.08/08 wherein forgery and misappropriations committed by Sahu and his abandonment of service were recorded;
2. She was in possession of the order of demotion of Sahu from the post of HM I/C to the third position in the list of teachers pending enquiry into his offenses;
3. She was well aware of the fact that Sahu was no more the HM I/C, as she had accepted and forwarded to the Director the statutory information sheet in Form A-(II) signed by the new MC I/C wherein Sahu was shown in the 3rd position in the list of teachers;
4. The government’s orders denying approval to Sahu’s appointment was well within her knowledge, as it was she, who had communicated the government order to the School in her letters of 25.5.09 and 9.11.09 wherein there was no trace of Sahu in the approved list of teachers eligible for Block Grant.
5. She never made any enquiry on the on Sri Sahu’s allegation that the ex-secretary did no allow him to join his duties though he had “attended the school on dt. 15.11.08 and dt.21.12.09”.
6. From letter of Sahu dated 10.07.08 till 15.11.08, where was Sahu? If he had attended the school on 15.11.08, and the ex-secretary did not allow him resume his duties, why was he silent till 25.05.09? On the other hand, if he had written the letter to the Inspector on 25.05.09 as Ms. Bhola has mentioned, where was he thereafter till 09.11.09? Ms. Priti Pratima has not required any answer on this from Sahu. She has not even asked the School to react to Sahu’s letters. She has not even revealed what action she had taken on Sahu’s letters. Not only that, but also she has not mentioned of Sahu’s letter of what date she had to issue this mischievous letter on 25.01.10 and where was Sahu from 09.11.09 till this date.

How could she address Dhobanath Sahu as HM I/C in this letter when she knew that he was not the post holder, not even an approved teacher and a teacher under the process of prosecution for misappropriation of wealth of the school and forgery of certificates?
It was incumbent upon the Director to enquire into allegations against Sahu if the school fitted into Block Grant was to be saved. In fact, on 29.04.10 by order No.21660, the Director had asked the Circle Inspector of schools, Khurda for a factual report on the well documented allegations of HM I/C of the school. The CI was the same Ms. Bhola whose mischief, as discussed above, was at the root of all the ills the school was suffering. The representation of the HM I/C dated 13.4.10 on which the Director had sought for the report, had severe allegations against the same Inspector. The “subject” of the allegation read, “Repeated harassment being meted out to S.G.G.Bidyapitha by the C.I. of Schools, Khurda”. When the allegations were such emphatically raised against the C.I. of Schools, the Director had asked the same C.I. to to enquire into the allegations and report. What a farce!

Case in the High Court

The C.I. had made the situation so unmanageable that the school had to seek intervention of the High Court of Orissa in W.P.(C) No. 22280 of 2010. In an Order dated 22.12.2010 in Misc. Case No. 20410 arising out of the writ case, the High Court, in the interim, stayed the order dated 29.11.2010 issued by the C.I. of schools, Khurda. Interestingly, Sahu filed a misc. case to be an intervener , which the Court granted. And, he moved the Court for vacating the interim order dated 22.12.10. The Court refused to vacate the stay.

Retrenchment quashed in absence of retrenchment!

When Dhobanath Sahu’s prayer has thus been rejected in the High Court and the issue is sub judice, the Director of Secondary Education has issued an order bearing No.15089 dated 06.05.14 wherein it is mentioned that the Director “has been pleased to quash the retrenchment order of Sri Dhobanath sahu, in-charge Headmaster, Sankarsan Godi Godisahi Bidyapitha, Godi and allow him to resume in his duty in the school immediately”. Sahu was never retrenched. Which order of retrenchment the Director quashed is a conundrum.

Sahu was demoted to the 3rd rank in the faculty, pending disciplinary action. Under orders of the Government the Director refused to approve his appointment for Block Grant, obviously because of his serious misconduct. So quashing his “retrenchment” when he was not retrenched and asking him to resume as Headmaster of the school, when he was not in the approved list and there was a Headmaster legitimately in chair by being appointed by the MC and recognized by the authorities,  is an offense that only a habitual offender can do; not a responsible Director of education.

The school is a non-government school and the Director has no jurisdiction to appoint anybody as Headmaster or to quash any resolution of the MC of the school. Appointment of Headmaster “is solely within the domain of the Managing Committee”, had declared the High Court on 05.02.10 in W.P.(C) 2096 of 2010.

This illegal order has been challenged in a new writ case bearing No. W.P.(C) 10575/2014.

This is just a sample of how the fish market is continuing in the Directorate of Secondary Education, Orissa, under the very nose of the Secretary and Minister of the department.

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