Friday, August 05, 2016

RTI exposed over illegal appointment of Pharmacists in DDC Nabarangpur.

Even though 157 unemployed pharmacists applied for the Drug Distribution Centres (DDC’s)in government run hospitals they are yet to receive any information on their appointments. 

Expressing deep concern over the appointment procedure and criterion, these unemployed Pharmacists candidates, recently filed a Right to Information Act (RTI) in the respective departments in the District. 

Though the local candidates have applied for the posts of Pharmacists  but no initiative has been taken by the District Administration  as found by the RTI. The unemployed pharmacists who well deserve the posts remain jobless and facing lot of difficulties, all of which are wastage of time and money for applying the posts.

The RTI revealed that on 12th September selection meeting was organised but the former District Welfare Officer Nabarangpur who was a member of the committee was absent in that meeting.  Notwithstanding the new DWO of Nabarangpur who joined on 14th September put his signature on the selection proceedings of the committee. The question which, thus, arises how the selection committee appointed the pharmacists without publishing the merit lists of the 157 candidates. Even though there was a alteration and clarification on the appointment of the pharmacists by the Principal Secretary health, government of Odisha. 

Further revealing on the contents of the RTI, on 26th March Collector Nabarangpur selected seven candidates bypassing the order of the principal secretary health dept. government of  Odisha. Vide letter No 531/16 the collector Nabarangpur directed the CDMO to issue engagement orders to the candidates.
Surprisingly on 26th the CDMO Nabarangpur served the engagement order through the peon. The peon book revels the individual service of the engagement letters to the candidates who are residing at Balasore,  Baragarh, and other districts.

Although the candidates joined on the same day 26th and 27th on Sunday which appears illegal appointments.  The appointments were not made in terms of statutory rules. Several qualified persons in terms of the statutory recruitment rules for the post were awaited for justice but the collector directed to issue the engagement orders bypassing all the rules alleged the pharmacists.

Friday, July 29, 2016

Nabarangpur BJD holds Biju birth centenary memorial marathon.

District BJD unit conducted marathon under the name “Biju Janma Shatabarsiki Smaraki Ganadauda” at Papadahandi, here on Friday. District BJD president and Transport minister Ramesh Chandra Majhi,  Chairman district planning committee  Manohar Randhari, ZP President Motiram Nayak, Umerkote MLA Subash Gond,  Chairman film development corporation Muna Khan, district general secretary Ashish Ranjan Patnaik, torch Jyoti at Neelakhanteswar temple of Papadahandi, and the marathon was begins from there which concluded at Saheed minar. The members of the district BJD paid floral tributes at the Martys Memorial and paid homage to Biju babu.

Later meeting was organised at the Saheed smruti Stmabha. Among others Block chairman’s, ZP members, Sarpanchs, Samiti members with hundreds of party supporters across the district were participated in the event. 


The menace of malnutrition among children is still haunting the backward Nabarangpur district. The number of infants affected by severe malnutrition in the district crossed 3,359 while 355 children died in acute malnutrition between January and June this year.
Some reports quoting unofficial sources said a sizeable chunk of child population in the age group of 0-5 years have died of acute malnutrition. In rural areas with predominant tribal presence, things have gone from bad to worse in the district.
According to the data available with the district Women and Child Development Department, malnutrition is being detected in around 3,359 children in the district. The data further puts the total malnourished children death at 68 in January, 54 in February, 60 in March, 96 in April, 84 in May and 73 in June.

As the malnutrition is one of the prime reasons behind the infant deaths in the district, the Government claims to be providing nutritious food to pregnant women and infants till six years. However, the programme appears to be defunct in reality. While the nutritious food items and cooked food have been provided to infants of six months to five years of age through the Anganwadi Centres, the quantity of supplying the items is allegedly limited in many centres, sources said. In the centres, free food is supplied and education is imparted to the children from zero to five years. Through these centres, food is supplied to the pregnant women and children. It is alleged that food is not supplied to most of the centres in time and the concerned departments have not taken any steps in this regard.

Surprisingly, the SHGs are supplying low standard and insufficient ‘Chatua’ which becomes a major cause of malnutrition among the children and pregnant women. The SHGs have been engaged to supply Chatua to these Anganwadi centres. It is alleged that these SHGs are being controlled by the Anganwadi members. In these centres, 15 days food supply is stretched to one month and the rest 15 days’ supply is embezzled among the Anganwadi members, supervisors and other concerned officials.
There is an urgent need to change the fraudulent SHGs and the concerned authority must look into the matter. The large number of death of children in the past six months has caused serious concern in the district.
Although there is provision for the treatment of malnutrition children at Nabarangpur and Umerkote hospitals but such children get no treatment.