RTI ACTIVIST WON THE BATTLE

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RTI ACTIVIST WON THE BATTLE FOR THE SAKE OF STUDENT’S OF ODISHA

 

Report; Debaranjan Samal,Sub Editor,Odishabarta

 

Talcher,(12/04/2017):Safety is the topmost priority which is given to all and it’s a fundamental right. But most educational institutions of Odisha trying to escape from this duties exposed by RTI. An RTI activist Deba Prasad Sahoo from Talcher, Co-convenor of Soochana Kranti forum revealed that no safety measures followed by educational institutions. As per Common Minimum Standard (CMS) guideline each institution must hire an asst engineer and acquire a safety certificate in each year regularly. If there is unsafe building then it must be taken seriously by nature and appropriate action initiated.

 

It is revealed from Talcher Auto College data that authorities do not follow any rules to avoid serious casualties of students. This institution is recognized by UGC and recently NAAC team visited for reaccreditation. But unfortunately students are deprived form basic facilities. Later Sahoo filed petition to CM of Odisha and requested for immediate action. CM Office took this matter seriously and ordered RDE BBSR to enquiry. After that RDE ordered all 211 Sanskrit colleges, 1630 Junior colleges, 822 Degree colleges, 29 Auto colleges and 94 Govt colleges of Odisha to submit compliance report along with safety certificates within 20days.

 

Recently RDE ordered Talcher Auto College Principal to demolish old class rooms within 15days. Shri Sahoo also alleged about misutilization of students development fund. RDE also ordered proper utilization of funds. According to  Sahoo huge portion of development fund paid as teacher’s salary for which since last so many years no development work for students. From a reliable source it came to notice that authorities are planning to spend all funds towards teacher’s EPF payment after which not single money will be available for development. After this verdict from RDE, college authority being forced to sanction a huge amount of fund for construction of new class rooms.  Students of this college and members of civil society and other forums appreciated his hard work & in which manner he fought this battle and won it in favor of all students. 

 

If other colleges do not take this matter seriously and submit safety certificate soon, then legal action will be taken against all –  Sahoo added .   

 

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