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Khurda,17/10/19:Sub-Inspector (SI) of Khurda district police station, Banamali Nayak has been sent on compulsory retirement for several corruption charges.
According to SP,Khurda,Mr AP.Swain, two vigilance cases among the total nine cases are pending against the Sub Inspector and notably Nayak had five more years of service left, SP added.
The Odisha Government has issued a circular on premature retirement plan to weed out officers and employees with doubtful integrity.
Angul,17/10/19: A broken injection needle was removed from the perineum of a minor boy at the Madhapur Community Health Centre (CHC) under Athmallik block in Angul district today, which was administered by a nurse at the CHC a month ago.
According to reports, Swayamjit Panda (3), son of Sitakanta Panda of Mohankhali village, was taken to the CHC a month ago for treatment of fever.
A nurse had administered him an injection to his hip, during which the injection needle broke and remained inside his body, alleged Sitakanta.
A few days later when Swayamjit complained of pain in his lower back, his father took him to the hospital. However, the doctor sends them back saying that it was due to antibiotics and prescribed them to rub ice on the area.
But last night, as the pain became unbearable for Swayamjit, his father brought him once again to Madhapur hospital but since it was closed, he took him to a local Ayush doctor.
To their surprise, the doctor found that a sharp object has been stuck inside the boy’s body. Later, Swayamjit was taken to Madhapur hospital today morning where doctors removed a broken needle from his body.
Meanwhile, Swayamjit has been taken to Angul District Headquarters Hospital (DHH) for further treatment.
Bhubaneswar,17/10/19:ational Human Rights Commission has issued show cause notice to Chief Secretary of Odisha why a monetary compensation of Rupees Ten Lakhs only be not recommended to be paid to each of 36 children who were suffering after administered with expired medicine in a anti worming camp in Odisha’s Kendrapara district. The total compensation amount is Rs.3,60,00000.
Acting on a complaint of rights activist Akhand in 2014, the apex rights panel had issued show cause notice to the Chief secretary and directed him to submit the reply within six weeks time.
It is noted that 36 children, between the age group of 1 to 10 years, of Behula village under Garadapur block in Kendrapada district fell sick after taking worm medicine by the local Asha workers and the ANMs in a de-warming camp. On 05 November, 2014, a camp was organised at Tikanpur School by the Asha workers of the locality and the ANMs. Albendazole oral suspension was given to about 100 children in the camp. The same medicine was also given to the mothers of the children to feed them in their houses.
But after taking the worm medicine as many as 36 children of Behula village fell sick and complained of headache, vomiting, abdomen aching and also fever.
The medicine administered to the children has expired since June 2014, alleged Akhand. Then the petition had sought an intervention of NHRC in the case.
The Commission videos its proceedings dated 17.05.2019 issued a reminder to the Commissioner-cum-Secretary, Health & Family Welfare Department, Govt. of Odisha for filing of the copy of the enquiry report of the Joint Enquiry Team into the matter with the directions that the Commission would like to know the full observations and recommendations, if any, of the enquiry team with its conclusion.
In pursuance of the directions of the Commission; the Commissioner-cum-Secretary to Government of Odisha, Health & Family Welfare Department vide his communication dated 08.08.2019 has submitted the copy of enquiry report of joint enquiry team alongwith observations and recommendations in which it is stated that no expired medicines were administered at the session site and none of the children of Behula village of Garadpur block who received Albendazole in the session site were treated in the OPD or IPD at the Ptkura CHC; that the alleged medicine of Albendazole with batch no. 24072 with expiry date of June 2014 were not supplied for the said programme and were supplied on the previous rounds.
The Commission has perused the report and has observed that instant report is entirely in contradiction of the earlier report dated 03.02.2015 which says that on enquiry it is revealed that 27 nos. of Albendazole syr. were given on 05.11.2014 at Behula village during routine immunization point; that out of such, six vials were found to be expired by date and as per the allegations these expired vials were consumed by six children and such vials were recovered from the custody of their parents; that it may happen due to the negligence of he concerned ANM and ASHA, as they were monitoring the immunization camp; in this context the Lady Health Visitor of the area mentioned in her enquiry report that the expired Albendazole syr. bearing batch no. 24072-BG21 were given to six nos. of children. In her report she also described that the said Albendazole liquid expired from June 2014.
On perusal of entire facts and comments as well as reports, the Commission does not believe the instant report of the authority, since it seems to be concocted story in order to save their medical officers/doctors who are supposed to possess technical knowledge of the medicines as to which medicine should be administered or not and it also reject the contention that administration of expired medicine may be due to negligence of some concerned ANM and ASHA, since it is the duty of doctors and medical officers that which medicine may be administered to the children or not and whether it is expired medicine or not is within the purview of expert doctors/medical officer. The Commission also rejects the theory that some miscreant villagers might have mix the expired Albendazole liquid with the other medicine in order to exhort money from ANM or ASHA worker. It is quite reasonable to ask why villagers would mix the expired medicine and from where they got it and why to mix, only to harm their children ? Looking at entirety of facts, the doctors and medical officers/staff keeping the storage of said medicines and providing such expired medicines are responsible and liable to be punished adequately and departmental disciplinary action must be initiated against their negligent acts and omissions. The theory and contentions of the report is not believable. It is immaterial that parents of the children after suffering from the administration of medicine did not bring their children for treatment to the OPD or IPD at the Ptkura CHC, and why should they come to the same place for treatment where their children suffered and shocked.
It is not disputed that children fell sick and it happened following the administration of Albendazole liquid, and they complained of headache, vomiting, abdomen aching and also fever as the complainant pointed out in the complaint.
That under the above facts and observations, the Commission arrives at the conclusion that human rights of children of village Behula under Garadapur Block of Odisha’s Kendrapada district have been violated and they are entitled for the monetary compensation/relief for which State of Odisha is vicariously liable to pay for the acts of its employees.
Therefore, the Commission invoking its power under section 18 (a) (i) of the Protection of Human Rights Acts, 1993 directs its Registry to issue NOTICE to the Chief Secretary, Govt. of Odisha, Bhubaneshwar to show cause why a monetary compensation of Rs.10,00,000/- (Rupees Ten Lakhs only) be not recommended to be paid to each of 36 children of village- Behula.
New Delhi,17/10/19:Intelligence Bureau’s report indicated about misuse of Indian NGO’s for any anti-national agenda by foreign-contributors where it was revealed that India’s GDP has been adversely affected to big extent of 2-3 percent through such foreign-funding to NGOs. Many NGOs are said to have been funded for cultural evasion in India. Foreign-funded NGOs spend in rupees and receive funds in dollars by sending these foreign-contributors exaggerated photos and videos of events dramatised to get huge foreign-funding. Many NGOs are tools to divert foreign-funds of individuals.
Siphoning of government-funds for NGOs run by influential ones in political and bureaucratic circles in name of their family-members should be prevented by stopping any kind of direct or indirect funding of NGOs at public-expense including from funds at discretion of Parliamentarians and state-legislators. These NGOs pay lucrative salaries and perks to its officers who are either relation to power-filled politicians and bureaucrats, or of persons running these NGOs. Buildings built on land allotted on concessional rates to NGOs should become government-property because of large-scale funding already done to these NGOs by the government. According to a study-report, India has an NGO for every 400 citizens, where NGOs are mainly used as some business-shops by those ‘owning’ these! Any provision of tax-exemption for ‘donations’ made to NGOs should be abolished. However in the meanwhile all NGOs should be under purview of ‘Right-To-Information’ (RTI) Act and also of Lokpal.
Paralakhemundi:One Srihari Pradhan local news Reporter who collecting news near a liquor shop was attacked by the owners of shop.
According to ASP Sitaram Satapathy, Pradhan was collecting news at a liquor shop near TO Office. Immediately Shop owners Jitendra Mahankuda and Peasant Pradhan rushed near him & threatened to go back from spot (!).
He returned back home but around 10 pm night while Pradhan was returning he was vehemently attacked by one Kora Mahankuda and Arun Mahankuda severely.
However,with the help of locals he was admitted in local hospital.Report says, he was still not recovered by seeing his grave injury he was referred to MKCG-MCH, Berhampur.
After detailed enquiryby IIC,Mohona Mr Sujit Nayak arrested Kora Mahankuda, Arun Mahankuda, Jitendra Mahankuda and Peasant Kumar Pradhan.
Still the inquiry is ON said IIC,Sujit.
Berhampur, 17/10/19: A road accident claimed one life and injured 8 as a bus collided with a Autoricksha, on NH 217, here today.
According to reports, an autoricksha while coming from Digapahandi and travelling towards Berhampur it crashed near Ambagada into a Bus coming from Berhampur from the opposite direction going to Digapahandi.
The impact rendered one dead on spot while injuries about 8 persons aboard the auto-ricksha.In a critical condition and have been referred to MKCG Medical College and Hospital in Berhampur.
The Sadar Police Inspector in Charge Ms Santoshi Oram rush to the spot with his team. Immediately all are shifted to MKCG, as a result of which three persons injured and one lady died at medical.
The police already seized the Bus and conducting a probe into the matter they sent the body of the deceased for autopsy.
Rayagada,16/10/19:Maoist banners, posters and leaflets have been found near Deokupuli chowk under Muniguda Police Station. Though the police lately took these out from the place as wires suspected to be connected to detonators and mines, this has become a real challenge for the police.
The Maoist posters and banners put up by CPI(Maoist), Odisha State Committee for the first time at this junction have resisted fascism in the government and demanded to take out the CRPF camp from Trilochanpur gram panchayat office and to stop killing Maoist revolutionaries in fake encounters. They have requested to make Odisha and Chhatisgarh bandh on October 25. The posters also demanded to contain atrocities in Kashmir and Lanjigarh midnight arrests.
Police has kept vigil on the situation and the investigation is under process.
New Delhi,16/10/19:Great success of issue of IRCTC shares, a miniratna public-sector-undertaking doubling money of investors overnight calls for issue of long-term bonds by IRCTC for setting of large-scale production-units in every district of the country for packaged-water, confectionery items and other food-products to replace cooked meal in trains and schools (mid-day meal programme feeding 12 crore school-children) where complaints of sub-standard food in unhygienic conditions are quite common. Apart from such complaints of finding deal lizards, rats etc are also not uncommon.
Such setting of big units in large number by IRCTC with help of long-term bonds will provide huge employment in public-sector apart from giving profit-earning for public-exchequer. Even products can be sold in open market also to make private players bring down prices of food-products also assuring better quality.
Employment in public-sector can also be tremendously increased by digging out unaccounted money through permanent Voluntary Disclosure Scheme whereby those declaring unaccounted money may be asked to invest 50-percent amount in another type of long-term Infrastructural bonds with nominal interest, to be issued by public-sector undertakings like IRCTC.
Input;Ms Madhu Agarwal