Sunday, March 09, 2014

Tension high over homeguard's death in Umerkote.

Nabarangpur:Basant Rath,
Protests rocked  Umerkote following the suspected suicide of a home guard at the treasury adjacent to the sub judge court on Thursday.The deceased home guard Paduram Bhatra of Sanakumari was on night duty at the treasury with other police personnel. This morning his dead body was found in the treasury roof.  He was found hanging, said local people.
In a spontaneous reaction, hundreds of villagers stormed the treasury and the sub judge court. They ransacked and vandalised the premises before  police force was rushed to the spot. Furniture, computers and several other articles in the court and  were damaged in the mob attack.Villagers alleged that the police cane charged them while the police maintained that it had 'chased' the violent mob. The angry villagers gheraoed the treasury and the court demanding a high level probe and adequate compensation
to the bereaved family. The clash between the villagers and the police left several people injured on both sides. The tahasildar, Umerkote Tarani Suna, inspector in charge S K Upadhaya, assistant sub inspector
Bulu Patnaik and other policemen were hurt in the stone pelting that took place. The villagers rubbished the police version that home guard Paduram had committed suicide. How can he commit suicide when he was on night duty with other police staff at the treasury, questioned the villagers. They suspected foul play and demanded an impartial probe.

Sunday, December 08, 2013

Block Level Mondei Fest Enduring

The whole Nabarangpur district witnessing festive mood with lot of enthusiasm as the block levels Mondei festival continuing in the district.  The talents picked from the block level cultural festivals are to perform in the district level grand celebration.

On Saturday evening Nabarangpur block organised celebration at block office premises, Collector Yamini Sarangi, was chief guest, local MLA Manohar Randhari,  district council of culture secretary and DIPRO
Bhujang Bhusan Rao, Block Chairman Bedabysa Bhatra,  BDO Anil Kumar Sethi, were chaired.  Speaking to the gathering MLA Mr.Randhari said ‘Mondei’ is the culture ritual of the tribal peoples of the district, nowadays the national level cultural festival flourished into international reputation.

 Ms. Sarangi said the Mondei festival is not simply to watch performances   but an opportunity and platform to facilitate interaction among different groups as well as platform in which we want to create facilities for them to know each other. The annual event was started in 2002 by Dr.Aurabinda Padhee with an aim to preserve and propagate the rich tribal folk culture of the district and providing opportunity to the local talents.This year about 100 stalls will be set up by various organisation and ORMAS organising an exhibition of traditional handicrafts Pallishree Mela  at the Mondei ground which will be a special attraction. For the first time UNICEF supporting to Mondei festival Ms. Sarangi said. Different cultural troupes from Grama Panchayat levels performed at the function.

Saturday, December 07, 2013

Complaints against irregularities in MBG HP Gas distribution

Nabarangpur: Basant Rath.
On the alleged unfair trade practice several complaints has been filled on the irregularities in distribution of HP gas at Nabarangpur. The district consumer disputes redressal forum has issued notice against Rasmi Acharjya, the Proprietor of Maa Bhandar Gharani (MBG) HP Gas agency, Nabarangpur and Hundustan Petroleum Corporation Ltd, Mumbai, Zonal Office, Kolkata and Chief Regional Manager, Bhubaneswar, Including Civil Supply Officer, Nabarangpur for the irregularities in the distribution of gas cylinders and demanding additional money from the consumers. It has been alleged that many of the consumers of the MBG HP Gas have been victimized by the unfair trade practices adopted by Rasmi Acharjya, the Proprietor of HP Gas even the same has also reported to the district Collector, Nabarangpur, Said Sunil Sahu, one of customer” after hearing our complaints the collector directed Civil Supply Officer to conduct inspections of the gas agencies in view of the complaints of irregularities in LPG distribution. But the officials enquiries whimsically and submitted a report to Collector.

The Customers of the gas alleged that the Proprietor of HP Gas collecting Rs.650/- for preparation of Know your consumer (KYC) format affidavit and verifying the kitchens. During the issuing of new connections they are demanding more than Rs, 5000/- for Cylinder and regulator instead of Rs.1600/- Apart from that they are forcing to purchase stove along with lighter, fire extinguisher, gas stand etc without bill in this regard. Queried to the civil supply officials they said customers has at liberty to purchase them from any source and the New Connection price is Rs.1600/- we don’t have any information about any affidavit and the know your consumer format charges if any fixed by the HP Gas company. The customers’ also alleged that they MBG gas agency not displaying the booking number of the LPG cylinders being distributed, price of new cylinder and regulator etc

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