Scotfree corruption in the name of Hockey World Cup: FIH should free itself of circuitous crime

Subhas Chandra Pattanayak

It is a matter of pride for every Oriya that Orissa was allowed to host FIH Men’s Hockey World Cup-2023. But every Oriya is ashamed of the fact that scotfree corruption in the name of Hockey World Cup has severely drained the treasury of the poor State where no less than 80% of the population has been forced to digest the ignominy of thrieving on free rice, as oppressive unemployment and menacing shrinkage of sources of livelihood has ruined their power to purchase the most minimum food for survival. There would never have been Hockey World Cup in Orissa, if International Hockey Federation (FIH) had not allowed it. Hence, FIH cannot escape collateral responsibility for blatant corruption in organising the tournament.

The last World Cup was the beginning of this practice of corruption. Authorities are refusing to give details of money spent in its name . To different RTI queries, the common reply from the authorities is “the accounts of Odisha Hockey Men’s World Cup-2018 has not been settled till date.”

According to Mr. Pradeep Pradhan, Chief of Odisha Soochana Adhikar Abhijan, members of civil society have filed statutory FIR against the Chief Minister and concerned officials, which is gathering dust, instead of being investigated into. Below is the Copy of Mr. Pradhan’s communication.

FIR filed in Capital Police Station, Bhubaneswar against Naveen Patnaik, Chief Minister and Mr. Vishal Dev, Secretary, Dept. of Youth Affairs and Sports , Govt. of Odisha for Huge Black-marketing of World Hockey Cup ticket in Bhubaneswar

To day on 29.11.18, Members of Civil Society Groups filed FIR against Naveen Patnaik, Chief Minister and Mr. Vishal Dev, Secretary, Dept. of Youth Affairs and Sports , Govt. of Odisha for Huge Black-marketing of World Hockey Cup ticket in Bhubaneswar. Referring news carried in media about allegation by some people about black-marketing of tickets for World Hockey Cup, we have complained that cost of ticket @Rs.100 was black-marketed at the rate of Rs.1000.00 and ticket at Es.500.00 sold at Rs.4000.00.

Earlier, the State Govt. had declared that the ticket for world cup would be booked on-line. But the on-line system did not work. Many people could not book ticket on-line and were forced to book the ticket from counter at Kalinga stadium. It was also learnt that this was a big conspiracy by a few handful state officials and brokers engaged by Mr. Vishal Dev for black-marketing
the tickets to get huge benefits.

As we feel, World Hockey Cup is an international event having global importance. The people of Odisha must have craze to enjoy this global event organized in Bhubaneswar. As the expense for this programme is being borne from state exchequer, the state Govt. should make all necessary arrangements for the citizens to watch this event. But the state apparatus has used this
event as opportunity to gain benefits through illegal means i.e., blackmarketing the tickets. As we foresee, this is a multi-crore scam with involvement of corrupt officials at the instance of Vishal Dev.

It is also learnt that Vishal Dev and Naveen Patnaik, Chief Minister and other government officer are involved in giving out inflated contracts for the World Hockey Games to the tune of crores of Rupees arbitrarily thereby misutilising their official positions for their private gain.The said accused persons entered into criminal conspiracies and further have managed to award to their supporters for their financial gain at the expense of state exchequer.

Corruption and the irregularities in the organization of the games are rampant , as a large amount of money was spent in these games despite the fact that Odisha has one of the world’s largest concentration of poor people. The organizing committee and the games officials were alleged for doing corruption at various levels of organization, delays in the construction of games’ venues,
infrastructural compromise, possibility of terrorist attack and many more. The organisers have appointed Loyalists in Key positions at the with due knowledge of the Chief Minister and his Private Secretary (V.K. pandian). Employees and consultants and advisors were hired on criteria other than merit.Candidates with questionable background were accommodated, especially at senior
positions with decision-making powers.The Organizing Committee kept misrepresenting a revenue neutral position to justify extravagant spending.croresof Rupees were spent on a reckless exercise of hiring celebrities and people unrelated with the Hockey sports only for pleasure and taking undue advantage in the upcoming election in 2019. In these facts and circumstances, the matter is required to be investigated into by the CBI under the Prevention of Corruption Act and under various sections of Indian Penal Code.

In the world hockey games multi crore rupees was wasted and a huge amount of public’s money was stolen by the corrupt politicians and the bureaucrats to project this a mega event where the accountability and the transparency is zeroed down.

It is learnt that Naveen pattnaik led Government, under the direct supervision of his private secretary, V.K. Pandian had appointed several consultants, who had been paid hefty amounts for consultancy and other services but they hardly did any work.We have demanded an inquiry into it and urged police to take legal action against the people involved in it. The police has received our complaint but not yet registered the case.

The complainants were Pradeep Pradhan, RTI Activist, Sanjukta Panigrahi, Biswa Keshari Mohanty, Bhadrak, Santosh Mohanty, Mayurbhanj, Sri Prakash Jena, Bhadrak and many others
Reported by
Pradeep Pradhan

Mr. Pradhan and his co-signatories to the complaint are well known campaigners against corruption in Orissa. The very fact that the details of the last World Cup played in Orissa showing justification of expenditure are not yet put before the taxpayers, despite lapse of long four years, speaks volumes of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik’s sharp practices against the State Treasury in association with the FIH.

The International Hochey Federation needs be treated as guilty of circuitous crime against public treasury of a sponsoring State if details of expenditure over the tournament with justification are not published by the sponsor within a month or two of the tournament, as no such tournament could ever be held without its express permission and collaboration. When FIH has granted Orissa Government the permission to use its name, it shall have to ensure transpirency in its transaction.

Acceptance of Satya Nayak’s regignation would be suicidal for the Congress in Orissa

Subhas Chandra Pattanayak

The last voice of Congress in Orissa, which the people were hearing with rapt attention, may no more resound if resignation of Sri Satya Prakash Nayak is accepted by the Congress Party.

Sri Nayak, one of the finest journalists contemporary Orissa has ever seen, had left his profession to join the Congress in order only to help the people regain necessary vision to see through the reality of Naveen’s administration, which thrieves through propaganda, despite being fragrantly anti-people, shockingly incompetent, brazenly corrupt and a shrewd partner of the BJP. His activities in the Congress were compelling the people to re-address their attention to the Party that not only has helped us have our freedom from foerign yoke, but also had faught against and discarded the rotten right-wing syndicate in the Indira days.

Who am I to say in favor of Satya? I am that man, whom Mr. Rajiv Gandhi had choosen to be the Congress Candidate in place of the sitting Chief Minister J. B. Patnaik. Despite very deep political differences with Sri Patnaik, he was the doyen of journalism, who, as the Editor of Eastern Times, was my basic inspiration to prepare myself for journalism. He was a great political visionary whom Orissa could not properly use. Therefore, despite full and complete ideological differences, I had a very respectable place for Mr. J.B. Patnaik in my heart in perpetuum. Hence, I had refused to accept the Party Ticket Mr. Gandhi had not only given, but also had deputed Ms. Mamata Banerjee and Mr. Ajit Panja to help me in electioneering in Athgarh, his constituency. Somebody from within had cried against grabbing his constituency taking advantage of the situation.

Time has changed its ways many a times. But, till Communists are ready to take over, Congress Party has remained for me the only way to emancipation from political draculas discernible in the BJD and the BJP.

Therefore, I make this appeal to the Congress High Command: Never accept the resignation of Mr. Satya Prakash Nayak. Orissa needs him most in this critical political juncture when Bharat Jodo Yatra is to succeed in this soil too.

Many a sincere supporters of Congress, who were leading the students and youth in Orissa in the past, and despite brilliant political sense, are conspicuous by their absence in the present set-up of the provincial committee. The PCC should locate them eagerly and bring all of them to the forefront of the party so that the much needed environment of confidence of the general public in Congress could be cultivated with vigor and political potency.

If Orissa is to be saved, Congress is to be strengthened.

Alaya Mohanty passes away

Journalist Alaya Mohanty, under nephritic treatment, succumbed to cardiac arrest this morning.

He was also a film producer of repute. His film Shunya Swaroopa (Oriya) had bagged national award as the best feature film in 1996. TV serials produced by him were instances of insightful stories of unnoticed human life.

Spread of the sad news made many journalists, artists, politicians rush to his residence to pay their last homage, before his cortege proceeded to Swargadwar (Puri).

Orissa Chief Minister bawled out for foul play against the people

The News Syndicate

In espousing the demand for making Oriya inviolable as officiial language of Orissa, the BlackFlag campaign has reached the 2nd day of the 9th month over 6 years of its commencement. But the Chief Minister has launched a book on December 23 in the conference hall annexed to his official chamber behind back of the people of Orissa, which claims that the BlackFlag campaingn has been withdrawn four years ago on 16 July 2018 following amendment of the Official language Act. Founder of Bhasha Andolan Subhas Chandra Pattanayak has bawled out the Chief Minister holding this a foul play against the people of Orissa.

After discussing the matter in, Sri Pattanayak condemned the anti-Oriya conduct of the Chief Minister live in facebook in the evening of the first day of the new year. Below is what he said in the message:

Naveen Patnaik discloses his design to followers: Mission Shakti a cover to catch female votes

Subhas Chandra Pattanayak

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik assured his followers in his party’s foundation day meeting at Puri on December 26, that they have nothing to worry about election-2024.

He claimed, half of the State population shall continue to vote for BJD.

It is only his party that will stay in power even for a hundred years, as the Opposition, devoid of oppertunity to use the State Treasury, shall have no chance to use the Mission Shakti, the administrative cover under which the women are being officially funded. As long as they are funded, their votes shall flow into the BJD buxes, he asserted.

Thus, the Chief Minister has confessed that the sole design behind creation of and funding the Mission Shakti is to catch the women votes.

It is now incumbent upon the Election Commission to save democracy from this evil design.

Oriya Language created Orissa and therefore Orissa must be ruled by Oriya Language

Subhas Chandra Pattanayak

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik seems to have developed a wrong notion that governance of Orissa in Oriya depends upon his mercy. His press-note of December 17 and full page display advertisement in major broadsheets of today force us to arrive at this apprehension.

In his December 17 press note it was declared that he had held a meeting with the five members of the ministerial committee on that day for the purpose of “strictly implementing the Orissa Official Language Act, 1954 in official and non-official level” to facilitate which a website has been floated by the government. In the full page multi-color advertisement in broadsheet dailies today, this is intriguingly missing.

The advertisement is designed to tell the people that Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has taken historical steps to save and develop Oriya language, and has enumerated the steps he has taken. This is blatant lie. Neither he nor his government has executed any single item claimed to be “historical” in the official advertisement. The entire advertisement is nothing but false propaganda. What a shame it is, that, the people of Orissa are taken for granted by their Chief Minister! Read more →

Navakalevara: Legends and reality

Subhas Chandra Pattanayak

Legends are the most misguiding mischief aimed at superimposing lies on reality so that indigenous people of an occupied land are kept too dazzled to see the dark face of the rulers and the class of exploiters can keep its victims subjugated to its authority, while forcing them to forget the heroic history of evolution of their own philosophy of life, their own splendid spiritual realizations, their own socio-economic uniqueness, their own ancient culture, their own valorous past, their own way of social integration and their own civilization.

We see this mischief galore in the context of Navakalevara of SriJagannatha.

So, here, we are to rip apart the legends and bring the reality of the Navakalevara to light, as thereby alone we can reach the lost uniqueness of the people of Orissa.

We will use Puri Sankaracharya’s self-proclaimed authority over Navakalevara to proceed with our purpose.

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Samaja in Maze of Forgery: Two former Ministers of Orissa – Lingaraj Mishra & Radhanath Rath forged the WILL of Gopabandhu; Both benefitted till their death; SoPS continues to Loot

Subhas Chandra Pattanayak

The Oriya daily SAMAJA founded by late Utkalmani Pandit Gopabandhu Das, to which, out of their love and reverence for the great humanitarian leader, the people of Orissa had and have been giving their financial and moral support, is in a menacing maze of forgery and loot.

Sadly, two of Gopabandhu’s trusted men – Lingaraj Mishra and Radhanath Rath – who, because of being known so, had the opportunity of becoming cabinet ministers in Orissa, were the masterminds and/or makers of the forgery from which the paper is yet to be salvaged.

Both of them – Lingaraj and Radhanath – had partnered with each other in forging the last WILL of Gopabandhu to grab the Samaja, which being Gopabandhu’s paper was of superb credibility and the greatest political instrument of the day. They had performed this crime behind the screen of and in nexus with Servants of the People Society (SoPS), of which, while breathing his last, Gopabandhu was the Vice-President. Read more →