Dear Chief Minister! Where is the District of Narasingpur?

Subhas Chandra Pattanayak

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has declared to execute his assurance to convert Bargarh to a District within this year. I demand, before making Bargarh a district, he should tell the people of Athgarh, Tigiria, Baramba and Narsingpur as to where they are to find their District Narasingpur created on the 1st January, 1948 with the subjects of those States having forced their Kings to abdicate their respective thrones.

The district was formed under Notification No.24-A on the 1st January 1948 promulgated in the Orissa Gazette (Extraordinary) of the same date at page 15. It declared:

In exercise of the powers conferred by sub-section (2) of section 7 and sub-section (1) of section 10 of the code of Criminal Procedure, 1898 (V of 1898), as applied to the Orissa States in Notification No.2-A, dated the 1st January 1948, of the Government of Orissa in the Home Department, the Governor of Orissa is pleased to direct that, with effect from the 1st January 1948, the States of Athgarh, Tigiria, Baramba and Narsingpur shall constitute a district to be known as the district of Narasingpur for the purpose of the said Code and the District Magistrate of Cuttack shall be ex-officio the District Magistrate of the said district.

Below is its photo copy-

In this district the States of Athgarh, Tigiria, Baramba and Narasingpur were made each a sub-division, by Notification No. 29-A published in and promulgated through the Gazette mentioned above at page 17.

At no point of time, the said Notifications are terminated.

But, Harekrushna Mahtab, the megalomaniac, who had even opposed creation of Orissa as a separate province in his newspaper and had played the worst possible tricks against Kulabruddha Madhusudan in order to please the non-Oriya lobby, was the first to resign from Netaji Subhas Bose’s cabinet in order to please Gandhiji after the imbroglio between the two over Pattabhi Sitaramayya, despite the fact that he could not have been in the Congress cabinet had Netaji not been gracious enough to nominate him. “Pattabhi’s defeat is my defeat”, had declared Gandhiji after Netajis victory as 2nd term President of the Congress. So, his resignation from the Congress Cabinet, as the Executive was then called, was nothing but an instance of sabotage to Netaji. This had pleased the Gandhi camp so much that, he had become the Congress choice for Prime Minister of Orissa in the interim government from April 23, 1946 to May 12, 1950. It was his responsibility to ensure that the new district of Narasingpur functions as per the notification cited above. But he kept the district defunct for reasons best known to him.

We the people of Athgarh, Tigiria, Baramba and Narasingpur want that, our district be functional before any other district including Bargarh is created.

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