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This Week Orissa: Naveen’s fan gushes away

Naveen’s fan gushes away

Naveen’s fan gushes away

Revenue and Disaster Management Minister Suryo Patro on Monday compared Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik to Kamadhenu,the mythical cow. At a meeting in Berhampur,Patro told women health workers how Naveen has met the needs of tribals,the physically challenged and government servants. The ASHA health workers,who are agitating for more facilities,protested,“Naveen is not a Kamadhenu for us.” Last December,Patro had described himself as Naveen’s “servant”. Earlier this month,he compared the CM with Lord Krishna. “The Mahabharata is continuing in Orissa. The BJD are the Kauravas,the Congress have been the Pandavas. Naveen babu is Lord Krishna,” Patro told his audience while sharing the dais with Union minister Jairam Ramesh.

Annuity option

Central public sector undertaking Mahanadi Coalfields Limited will offer annuity as an option to people who have had to give up land they owned in Jharsuguda and Angul districts,where it has most of its mines. MCL,a subsidiary of Coal India Limited,has announced that displaced persons would get Rs 12,000 per month till they attain the age of 60 if they don’t want to take a up a job in the company. “We found that some of the displaced persons moved out of the family after getting a job,leaving others in the family in the lurch. Some others did not want to take up employment as they already had a source of income,” said an MCL official. The annuity will be increased by Rs 500 a month every year.

Bhubaneswar unknowns

A survey conducted by a local NGO has found that most of the tourists who arrive in Bhubaneswar have little or no idea about the history of the Orissa capital. Local Governance Network,the NGO,found that 94 per cent of the tourists who visited the Dhauli Hills had no idea of Emperor Asoka’s rock edict there,while 93 per cent did not know about Bhubaneswar being a seat of Buddhism,Jainism as well as Shaivism. And while 97 per cent of those surveyed had no idea even of Nandankanan Zoo,the largest in eastern India,87 per cent did not know that Bhubaneswar is India’s first planned capital city. Nearly all tourists — almost 99 per cent — conceded they had never heard of Bhubaneswar’s tribal museum.

CAG notes Mining scam

After a central empowered committee of the Supreme Court,the CAG has now acknowledged loot of iron and manganese ores from mines. The CAG report tabled on Monday found that companies extracted iron,manganese and coal beyond the approved limit without environment clearance. The report on the revenue sector for the year ended March 2012 said the extraction of 290.99 tonnes coal per month led to “raising of demand of Rs 1,295.85 crore towards cost price”,while excess extraction of iron and manganese ores without clearance led to non-realisation of Rs 145 crore. The Justice M B Shah Commission is investigating the mining scam.