A CONNUNDRUM THAT HITS A DGP AS WELL AS A STATE

Subhas Chandra Pattanayak

A team of police officers from Rajsthan is camping in Orissa to arrest its Director general of Police (DGP)(Homeguards) Mr. Bidya Bhusan Mohanty (BBM) under allegation that he has helped his son Bitihotra Mohanty (BM) jump parole. BM was jailed in Rajsthan, convicted for having raped a foreign woman there in a hotel. Rajsthan police alleges that BBM had brought his son on parole and has helped him escape. He stoutly denies this. He had neither brought his son on parole nor has he helped him escape, he states.

The Rajsthan police had tried to obtain an arrest warrant from the appropriate Court in Rajsthan; but the Court, as they admit, denied.

So without a Court warrant, the team has rushed to Orissa and has been trying to arrest the DGP.

It is noticed as well as stressed in local and national –print and electronic- media that Rajsthan police is not as interested in recapturing BM as it is intent in arresting BBM. Therefore it is a conundrum.

Before proceeding, let us have a cursory look at BBM.

When the news hit Orissa that Rajsthan police is trying to arrest him, all the family members of persons undergoing imprisonment and formerly in prisons in Orissa were seen visiting temples of their respective Gods to pray for protection to BBM, who, as Inspector General of Prisons had given the first feeling of humanitarianism to the prisoners and given the best possible healing touch to the bruised and brutalized lives of the under trials as well as the convicts. For him, the wrong doers and the wronged, incarcerated in jails of Orissa, had got the first ever assurance that jailors are not there to act as agents of cruelty. It is he who had ushered in reforms to jail administration and ensured that children of the imprisoned get general education at government cost. It is he who had shown that every culprit is first a human being that needs recognition of his human entity and dignity. He is the man whom the prisoners and their families had started looking as their redeemer, as somebody in whom sympathy is personified. This is in nutshell the person whom Rajsthan police has been trying to arrest. Anybody who knows him knows him to be a benevolent, principled person full of humanitarian aptitude and virtues.

A philosopher beneath the Khakee uniform, he is so principled that he had refused to come to rescue of his son, when he was arrested for the alleged rape, maintaining that he was a major and if he had committed the offence, he should be punished or if he has not committed the offence he should defend himself. It is unbelievable therefore that such a person has brought his son on parole and has helped him escape.

BM, too shocked over the turn of event, could not defend himself adequately in the Court and got convicted.

Had his father come to his rescue and engaged an efficient lawyer, the result of the case might have been different.

A foreign woman, absolutely major, accompanies him from Delhi to Rajsthan, stays in the same hotel, shares private moments over drinks in his hotel room and alleges that she was cowed down and raped. She may be right and the offence might have been committed. But with this scenario, as we have watched administration of law and to what extent Ram Jethmalanies in this country play the tricks, it could have been easily proved that it was not a rape but a consented sex. And for consented sex between two majors, law has no punishment.

So, had his father wanted to save his son from law, he could have done that easily when BM was first arrested. But he had preferred administration of law to safety of his son. Such a man, one would seldom believe, has helped his son escape law after having personally brought him home on parole.

Now therefore the question is: why the Rajsthan police are after BBM instead of trying to recapture BM, if at all he has jumped parole?

The question is very perplexing. In a recent interview to a TV channel, BBM was remarkably in deep agony when he said he even didn’t know if his son was alive. Not a small outburst of distress was it!

I may be wrong. But can I loudly apprehend that the Rajsthan police have done some such wrong to BM that they have, to evade being exposed, made him unavailable and lest his father demands production of his son, have been trying to shift the reasons of his unavailability to his father by concocting the parole issue?

Nothing is impossible if police play the tricks. And good people, even though in police, become victims of police if tricks are played.

Unless BBM files a case for production of his son, this conundrum will perhaps be more perplexing and deep.

Government of Orissa, despite its innumerable wrongs, is surely right in so far keeping far from accepting the Rajsthan Police as the truth-teller. As the State knows BBM in every details, it will sure be appreciated by every body if this stance is maintained. A brilliant officer of the State should not be abandoned by administration to face his own fate under another State’s scheming police.

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EVEN A NON-ORIYA CONTRACTOR HAS HIS VASSALS IN NAVEENRAJ

Subhas Chandra Pattanayak

In these pages placed earlier are observations on how the Naveen regime has provided non-Oriya minesmongers and landgrabbers with every opportunity they need to exploit Orissa. But the Public Accounts Committee of Orissa Legislative Assembly is now grasping how even a non-Oriya contractor has his vassals in Naveenraj and how they have sabotaged Orissa to satisfy his avarice.

This contractor is of Kerala and operates under a design called Bhagirath Constructions. One year after Naveen Patnaik became chief minister of Orissa, this contractor was awarded with a Rs.42.22 crore worth work order in March 2001 to construct only 1.5 Km of left-bank-canal of Rangali Irrigation Project from RD 31.5 to 33 Km on an agreement to complete the work by March 2004.

After acquiring the order, the contractor did not proceed as was expected and finally, in blatant contravention of the contract, abandoned the work much before March 2004, the time fixed for completion. But the Executive Engineer of the concerned division did not cause any measurement of the work done and did not try to see as to how much of the work had been executed in reality even though the contractor had stopped the work altogether. In connivance with the contractor the division made time elapse till monsoon broke and till it was time for the contractor to say that the deluge had filled up the excavated canal bed with silt and slush and it became practically impossible to take the measurement. Thus the situation becoming advantageous to the contractor, in June 2004, a sum of Rs.15.15 crore was paid to him on his claim of execution, although the entire amount, if was really due, should have been withheld towards the damage done to the state by his failure to complete the works. Clause 57.4 of the contract stipulated that if the contractor fails to finish the work in time and the state engages any other agency to complete it, then the contractor must pay the extra cost the state is to cough up in new allocation of the work to a new agency. But the EE deliberately sloughed over this clause.

There is no need to repeat that in Naveenraj, Orissa has become a grazing ground of non-Oriyas. Any non-Oriya, if unscrupulous and if not reluctant to grease the palms of the person at the helm of affairs, can play any trick against Orissa.

So the Kerali contractor, after using the EE to pocket Rs.15.15 crore in June 2004, hurled a claim of Rs.12.14 crore in October 2004 alleging that he had been forced to spend that extra amount as the state government failed to stop price rise in cement and steel etc. He added refund of bank guarantee, waiver of interest on advances to his list of claims in November 2004 and applied for extension of time up to December 2005 for completion of the work subject to fulfillment of these claims.

The claims were not tenable under the agreement and the contractor also knew it. But they were willfully marshaled in order to create a climate to evade payment of compensation against non-completion of the work.

Government made a mockery of its role and issued a clumsy order in February 2005 to the concerned Executive Engineer to close the contract keeping in mind the terms of agreement.

When the matter surfaced during audit, the Comptroller & Auditor General (CAG) reported that the “EE, however, rescinded the contract only with levy of liquidated damages and forfeiture of retention money and exonerated the contractor towards recovery of extra cost on completion of the balance of the work without recording any reason in violation of the terms of the contract. This resulted in loss of Rs 20.13 crore towards extra cost involved in execution of the left over work” through Orissa Construction Corporation that took up the assignment in March 2006 to complete by March 2008 the balance work at a cost of Rs 47.20 crore.

The CAG further made the following observations:

• A sum of Rs 13.77 crore was recoverable from the defaulting contractor towards outstanding advances with interest, liquidated damages, performance securities, cost of departmental steel, rent for the allotted Government quarters and testing charges. The EE did not initiate any action for realisation of the dues.

• Though the Bank Guarantee (BG) for Rs 8.06 crore was available for adjustment to the extent possible, the same was not encashed and its validity expired in October 2004. No action was initiated for seizure of the plant and equipment excepting issue of intimation to Police to provide watch and ward to the machinery of the contractor lying at site.

• Due to leaving the work site in haphazard condition, the excavated portion was filled in with silt and slush, which involved extra payment of Rs 53.84 lakh to OCC.

Thus, the failure of the EE to enforce appropriate clauses of the agreement led to loss on account of non-recovery of Rs 34.44 crore from the defaulting contractor.

When the PAC wanted the action-taken-report against this blatant corruption, the administrative department i.e. the department of Water Resources asserted that the amount of Rs.34.44.crore as determined by the CAG as recoverable from the contractor is not correct. The correct amount was Rs. 26 crores, it said.

The department secretary as well as the concerned EE was summoned by the PAC to clarify the position on May25, 2007.

As they maintained that, not Rs. 34.44 crores but Rs.26 crores were recoverable from the contractor, they were asked as to why even that amount has not been recovered. They only fumbled.

The PAC marked that the contractor had given a Bank guarantee to the tune of Rs.8.06 crores, which the department could have made the Bank to pay. But that guaranteed money has not also been recovered. In answering to query over this the EE stated that the contractor had given the Bank guarantee from the State Bank of India Branch at Ernakulum in Kerala. He had been to that Branch on 15 September 2004 to bring the guaranteed money but the Bank wanted two days time to make the payment and therefore he had to return empty handed, he said. Why did he not wait there for two days? The PAC asked. There was threat to my life as the contractor has pressed a pack of goons after me, he replied.

Whether or not the PAC would catch the culprit is known to time.

But what catches our eyes at the moment is enough to indicate how inefficient and corrupt is administration under Naveen Patnaik.

Concentrate on the Bank Guarantee issue.

The work order was given against this Bank Guarantee. But there was no guarantee for issuance of cash in the work head or at Bhubaneswar. It was not even for paying the cash in one lump. It was in piecemeal. Why the EE had accepted this most defective Bank Guarantee? Was he gained over by the contractor or was under powerful pressure?

The guarantee-giving Bank was State Bank of India. On presentation of the guarantee documents, the Bank could have issued a Draft for encashment in a preferred Branch in Orissa. Electronic transaction being a reality the EE had no reason to be asked to wait for two days.

The EE has told the PAC that when he was at Ernakulam on 15.09.04 to collect the money from the SBI, the contractor was in Bhubaneswar and had filed a case in a Bhubaneswar Court on 16.09.04 seeking injunction on release of the guaranteed amount by the Bank acting on which the Court had issued the injunction on 21.09.04 and therefore the Bank guarantee could not be utilized.

If this is not nonsense what else could be?

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik is the minister in charge of water resources. He cannot say that he is not aware of the audit reports. He cannot say that he is not aware of the case lodged by the Kerali contractor to debar his department from utilizing the Bank Guarantee. He cannot say that payment of Rs.15.15 crore to the non-Oriya contractor when he had abandoned the work incomplete and therefore was legally required to pay compensations to Orissa was not driven by the desire to help the contractor. But he cannot show what action he has taken against the errant engineer who has played such a fraud on the people of Orissa.

This leads us to a storehouse of inferences.

And unveils another instance of black rule that has engulfed Orissa under Naveen Patnaik.

MARIK MATTER GETS MURKIER

Subhas Chandra Pattanayak

Mr. Sanjiv Marik, supended Inspector General of Police-cum-Director of Orissa Police Academy, has filed two different cases of defamation against Dharitri and Praggativadi in a primary court in Bhubaneswar. About his nexus with Bihari underworld they have published wrong reports, he has alleged.

Director general of Police Amaranand Pattanaik, reexamining the report of Crime Branch against Marik, has recommended that a specific inquiry into the suspected nexus between the I.G. and the underworld be undertaken.

Government of Orissa that has suspended him on the DGP’s report has yet to initiate the specific inquiry.

The suspended IG has in the meantime appeared in a TV screen in self-defense even as gangsters have attacked a political party chief for his campaign against Marik.

Matters gets murkier day by day.

Unless expeditiously settled, the suspected nexus between an IG of Police and the underworld will play havoc with peoples’ faith in Police and casualty will be the sense of security.

In such a situation the administration should come out with details of the matter with honesty and make people know what really has come on records so far; so that play of imagination gets discouraged.

But the state government is intriguingly silent!

THIS IS WHERE WE NOW STAND

Subhas Chandra Pattanayak

A single company ITC produces in India many brands of cigarettes that compete with each other inasmuch as none of the ads of a brand ever mentions a word of praise for the other. They seem to be archrivals. But their sale proceeds go to the same manufacturer. A question may arise as to why a single company has developed so many brands and has been investing money for separate advertisement for each one of them instead of advertising for all of them in a single take at a time? The answer is very simple. The manufacturer knows that no single brand of cigarette can keep addicts satisfied for all time to come; because, basically the addicts are fickle and they cannot be tagged to any particular brand for a longer period than getting disillusioned with its taste. The disillusionment comes quick because cigarette is harmful to health and an addict takes cigarette while even hating to take it. So there must be an alternative available to the addicts and thereby whenever whosoever of them shifts preference to any of the alternative brands, the company should be in a position to continue fetching its profit. This is why there are so many brands of cigarettes, rival to each other but belonging to the same owner.

Indian political scenario is just like this. The looters have developed a multiple party system. Mainstream parties wedded to political economy of capitalism, contesting with each other, even as the communists act in alliance with them, at times joining the cabinet of V.P.Singh and at times, supporting Man Mohan Singh, make it crystal clear that notwithstanding their differences all these parties are one and the same in their mission. And that mission is nothing but making India a plutocracy, where the looters are the real rulers.

Agents of the looters are in power in India since independence. We are to look back to know it.

Under compulsion of situations that history had clamped on us, our struggle for freedom was bourgeoisie dominated. And, therefore, our freedom was nothing but a transfer of our country from the hands of white-colored bosses to black-colored bourgeoisies. In other words, we witnessed our country’s transition, in the guise of freedom, from the white commercial community to the black commercial community. In Oriya one may say: GORA BEPARINKA HATARU ASI DESHATI KALA BEPARINKA HATARE PADIGALA.

Everybody knows that the first decision as a free nation we took was to retain the British system of administration. Needless to say, British system was a pro-business system and by retaining that system, we ensured that the country would remain subjugated to business empires. Communists, then in their ideology, were the strongest obstacles to retention of this system. Therefore, Nehru, heading a bourgeoisies government as he was, had to ban the Communist Party of India, which, when the entire leadership of Congress was imprisoned following Gandhiji’s calculated “Quit India” call, had led the most heroic battle for our freedom from 1942 to 1947. If we are honest, we must admit that after independence, the communists had valiantly fought for merger of princely states with Union of India and to the pride of us Oriyas, legendary communist revolutionaries like Veer Baishav Pattanayak of Dhenkanal, Braja Kishore Pattanayak of Athgarh, Banamali Das of Nilagiri etc had raised revolutions of so much velocity that the kings of these states were bound to express willingness to merge with India and then that developed into reality to be followed by other kings. Let it be remembered that there were 618 kings in India after partition that had been declared as sovereigns after the British Empire had freed them from their bonds. Had the kings not been compelled to merge their states in the Union of India, we would have seen our motherland fragmented in 619 independent parts. After compelling the kings to merge with India, the communists put priority on abolition of zamidaris and bestowal of ownership of lands on the tiller. This was not acceptable to the bourgeoisies. So they conspired and succeeded in banning the Communists in 1948 and hence, when we finally drafted and adopted our Constitution, the political watchdogs of the toiling peoples were kept away from adding their wisdom to it. As a result a hundred percent anti-people agenda has been enshrined in our Constitution as Fundamental Right on Property. This Fundamental Right has reduced India to a grazing ground of avaricious people and has eventually transformed our democracy to a plutocracy. And, plutocracy has polluted our political horizon so much that the present generation of communists is serving the imperialists!

Like the ITC owning multiple cigarette brands that compete with each other to hoodwink and keep addicts under its grip, the looters have developed multiple political parties that are marshaled as rivals with the same creed but different colors, in order to ensure that notwithstanding how jealously people exercise their franchise, that would be nothing but Hobson’s choice. Elect may whomsoever they like, but thereby only the rich or the agent of the rich is elected and whatever law or policy parliamentary forums formulate, frame and enforce, serves the purpose of the rich, the looters.

This is where we now stand.

To me, therefore, there is no difference between BJP, BJD and the likes and Congress.

So I am far away from the game political parties play. I cannot say who is acceptable from amongst them.

But I am sure; time is coming when people will build up their own political weapons on basis of their needs. The random and absolutely apolitical uprisings that we witnessed in Kashipur or Kalinganagar in Orissa are sample precursors of the class war trying to take shape. When it happens it may precipitate mayhem. But that cannot be stopped unless the state’s resources are addressed to the bare needs of the masses and the lootraj ends.

To me, to avoid mayhem, the resources of our country must now be addressed to the most essential program that is of basic utility. And, that is conservation of natural resources and provision of irrigation facilities to cultivable lands.

The planners and their elite supporters are saying that the country needs to concentrate on many areas of development. They may be right according to their own dose of avarice, their own feeling of well-being, their acceptance of training and their orientation. But they are doing wrong to India by engaging attention to areas that are not of primary importance. We shall have to, if we need peace, put priority only on areas of primary importance. And, these areas are (1) conservation of natural resources and (2) provision of irrigation to agricultural fields.

When we were fighting against Britishraj, there were many necessities for which parallel priorities could have been fixed. But Bapuji put emphasis on only one item. That was salt. Had there been no movement for salt (known to history as LAVAN SATYAGRAHA) we would never have got our independence till date. If other necessities had been stressed upon at that time, the movement for salt would have been diluted.

So, let us not dilute the real issue. Let us truly stand with our peoples. Let us not put any emphasis on anything other than these two. Our people are basically cultivators. If eco-systems are conserved and water supply to our agricultural fields is ensured, we will soon be a land of real prosperity.

Let the elite of us stand with our poor brothers and sisters, though massive in majority who are bereft even of the ability to speak up for themselves.

Let us not allow individuals to build up their private territories in the guise of SEZs, by taming the team of persons we have put in charge of our country. Let us punish the traitors who have allowed economic kingship to grow after we abolished geographical kingship.

Let us understand that the country belongs to its inhabitants who are bereft of their assets as a few looters, by taming our politicians and top brass of bureaucracy, have looted them.

Let us foresee that time is coming when the looted majority will reach the last limit of tolerance and assert its wrath.

And then, howsoever many political parties be in their cheating best, no protection would be available to the looters and their tamed dogs looking like leaders in their attires as well as to the bureaucrats that are acting now as scavengers.

That time is on the anvil.

This is a stage of transition where we now stand. Let us take note of it and try our best to extricate our country from the looters so that the silent majority no more perishes under abysmal wretchedness, agriculture no more ends in draughts, tribes no more miss their eco-systems, inanition no more affects the workers, villagers no more face famines, corruption no more cripples our nation.

Let there be only one slogan now: STOP EVERYTHING AND STAND FOR ECO-SYSTEM AND IRRIGATION.

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IIT IS NOT ESSENTIAL, IRRIGATION IS

Subhas Chandra Pattanayak

Politicians, who have, by assuring our peoples to safeguard their interests, got their votes; but once in power, have willfully forgotten their pledge, and have collectively strangulated Orissa, now know that the silent victims of their misrule will silently terminate their existence in power. Therefore they need a way to escape.

The only way that seems safer to them is instigating the inhabitants of Orissa against the Central government, run by another political set-up, on concocted charges of conspiracy against our soil, a solid litany being for the IIT.

When Agami Odisha, a supposedly non-political organization of intellectuals is eager to spread its campaign into our villages raising slogans against the central government for having stopped coming of an IIT to Orissa, the BJD-BJP combine has resolved to equip their cadres with the misleading potency of this campaign, which, they know, can click, as the gullible pubic, unlikely to believe them, shall have no problem in believing in an apolitical intellectual forum.

It cannot be said that this coincidence in campaign for IIT by a non-political body and the politicians in power is not deliberate and taking into accounts how the aforesaid organization has proudly allowed its forum to be used by the politicians of Orissa’s ruling combine to castigate the central government on different occasions in the past, it cannot be accepted that it is not being used as a mask by Naveen. Therefore, emphasis on IIT at this juncture is more harmful to Orissa than any so far.

If we correctly remember our campaign for NISc, when eminent senior citizens marked for their excellent contributions to Orissa in various fields, preferred a written demand to government of India, the friends, whose harping on IIT is getting dovetailed with Naveen’s campaign against the central government, had made the propaganda that the Vajpayee government had given the NISc to Orissa but the Man Mohan Singh government has gifted it away to Bengal. We all had known that this was contrary to the actual.

In fact, an international seminar on science education held in 1996 under auspices of UNESCO had stressed on building up of institutes of sciences of international standard with emphasis on their balance distribution within respective geographical limits of the participating countries. India being a signatory to this resolution, in normal course of administration, decided to establish four National Institutes of Sciences in four parts of the country including one at Bhubaneswar in Orissa. So the Vajpayee government and the NDA had no role in conceiving NISc for Orissa. Rather, it is Vajpayee administration and NDA that had rendered this conception inconsequential.

Placing this on records, I had noted in orissamatters.com that, records show that there was stiff objection to put one of the said NIScs at Bhubaneswar. The Bengali lobby, as is its wont, had whipped up this controversy. But the UGC had rejected the Bengali pressure and declared that when expansion of such institutes would be taken up in course of time, the demand for one at Kolkata might be considered.

Thereafter, Vajpayee’s government had slept over the decision.

This was because, Vajpayee was unwilling to dissatisfy the Bengalis. His inner courtyard was murmuring under footsteps of a Bengali projected as his son-in-law who was observed as a facilitator by segments in the media. Mamata Banerjee, who leads a regional party of Bengal, was close to Vajpayee. There was no impossibility therefore to put a stymie on proceeding of the NISc.

Whatever be the motive, the fact was that even though NISc was a concept of UNESCO, and the UGC, in which planning to funding of higher education is vested under the law, had lawfully drawn up the plan and determined the location of four NIScs in four befitting regional nerve-centers, the Vajpayee government had preferred slough over the scheme as and after the Bengali pressure was turned down by the UGC.

When this is the fact, the podium of Agami Odisha was used to tom-tom that the NISc was the contribution of NDA to Orissa; but because Orissa rejected UPA, Man Mohan Singh has diverted it to Bengal. This false propaganda was coined and spread deliberately, so that the Naveen Patnaik government that had blatantly failed to bring the NISc to Orissa because its priority was not on science education but on distribution of land and mines to non-oriyas in lieu of what the Judeo tapes have given glimpse of, could escape criticism.

The same motive is now conspicuous in the campaign for IIT.

If political use of apolitical concerns of intellectuals is allowed, it is proper to oppose this campaign.

On the other hand, for Orissa, an IIT is not the essential requirement. The essential requirement is irrigation to her cultivable lands. Some of the friends including former chief secretary of Orissa Mr. Sahadev Sahoo have reacted to my previous discussion with the arguement that IIT is to be funded by the central government and irrigation by the state government. So demand for IIT should not be seen as an impediment to irrigation, they have stressed. To me, which sector is funded by which of the governments – central and state – is not the issue.

The issue is: which is essential for Orissa? IIT or irrigation?

There could be no two opinion on the fact that whichever is of primary utility to the people is essential.

Irrigation is of primary utility and hence irrigation is essential.

Naveen Patnaik’s government has neglected this essential need.

Its schizophrenic eagerness to embrace and keep imperialists pleased is so oblivious of peoples’ primary requirement, that, unless commons are helped to pursue a demand for irrigation single-mindedly, Orissa will perish forever. Therefore, there is necessity of keeping the mass mind concentrated on demand for water to every inch of cultivable land and from this demand attention should not be allowed to be diverted to any other agenda.

As I note, peoples have started agitating against supply of river water to industries as they are now subjected to acute shortage of drinking water. Peoples have started agitating against use of underground water by industries as that renders their wells in adjoining villages empty. People have started agitating against pollution of their rivers by industries as that makes them bereft of useable water. People have started looking sternly at their misfortune of distress-selling their products, even their babies and their bodies, with determination to find out the factors behind their wretched poverty. And, slowly but steadily they are understanding that they are unable to get rid of poverty, because their lands are lying barren due to non-availability of water. And, they are rushing into the last limit of tolerance.

As a conscious member of my community, I stand with these disadvantaged fellow beings and I suggest that the elite of us should not confuse our people with projection of IIT as the panacea.

Every design that may divert mass attention from the essential requirement to a non-essential ancillary of industry like the IIT needs to be defeated.

In December 2004, Orissamatters had conducted an investigation into the fabric of secularism that was on the path of erosion, thanks to the religious color with which our state buildings were being painted. The usual administrative rationale then offered was that the images of Gods/Godesses were meant to preserve the beauty of the structures.

After more than two years, in a new exclusive article now, Kautuk Mitra reports for Orissamatters. Appears like, this time, the dismal state of administration requires some divine interventions to save its own face.

By Kautuk Mitra
For Orissa Matters

Call it the administrative rule to control spitting here and there or using the God-fearing human instinct, the administrators of Cuttack have found an all new way to carry out cleanliness mission. It was amazing and shocking at the same time. Lord Jagannatha, Jesus, Muhammad or Ramakrishna Paramahamsa portraits are placed on the walls which have been badly used by common folks as spittoons. Spitting on the God’s face is something really can’t be imagined of. Did the administration think in this way to stop the menace? What do common mass think of it? Has this really been effective?

Wherever you go to any place of Cuttack whither you go to Cuttack collectorate, S.C.B Medical College, Revenue office, any Banks, ATM’s or any public place you will be aghast at the spits thrown with élan on the ceramic tiles of various Gods & Goddesses. When a higher official was asked regarding the matter, he took no time to give a clean chit to the issue. He profusely explained that finding no other way the best tool sort out to prohibit this bad habit was turning the abandoned corner into a holy sentiment. But when the question regarding the effectiveness was put forward he avoided with a simple smile.




Dinesh Kumar Behera, a Public Relation & Advertisement student said, “I felt very much ashamed when a gentleman who had come from Haridwar had questioned me why do you people place god in such a dirty place? Don’t you people give any respect to God? If not then please don’t hurt the sentiments of those people who belief in God.” And Dinesh hardly could answer the person with a positive feedback because for people spitting on God’s face was hardly an issue. In turn Dinesh stood as a sorry-figure and felt that the administration is simply misusing human sentiments and the consequence is a boomerang on the authority’s part.

Kaushik Mitra a business man of Cuttack shared one his experience that “When any important meeting was organized and when any ministers or any senior officers visited these places at that moment they clean those ceramic tiles or covered it. Just like on 13.December 2006 when the Revenue Divisional Commissioner visited the collectorate at that time the collector covered those ceramic tiles with beautiful flower pots.”

Mr. Sambit Samal, a local resident pointed out, “To keep the premises clean the government can put up close circuit camera to catch the wrong doers and can impose a heavy penalty on them.” Ranjeeta Swain, a student of MLIS, gave a direct solution. “If dustbins and spittoons are placed in the compound at every corner of the staircase and in the corridors, then no one will spit hither and thither. The moment he will think of doing so, a spittoon will be ready to help him out.”

Dr. Arun Dash a political Science lecture of N.S.M.City college has put forward an interesting question, “Just as the administration has made a conscious effort by putting up a notice board outside the gate of the collectorate that no vehicle except that of the collector will be allowed to be parked inside the gate, in a similar manner if such notice boards are put up near all those offices asking people to stop the nuisance of spitting, then a change can be surely warranted.”

You too can opine on the issue and come up with effective alternatives to check this nuisance and also protect the philosophy of Indian culture and tradition. But it’s high time to act and stop spitting anywhere you feel like to help the government function smoothly. Had you been responsible then the Government wouldn’t have taken this step. Though the utility has been put at stake with this solution, help the government to devise a better one.

SANJIV MARIK SUSPENDED; BUT DGP IS INCONCLUSIVE

Subhas Chandra Pattanayak

Inspector General of Orissa Police Mr. Sanjiv Marik, while heading the Orissa Police Academy, has been put under suspension on May 18, following partial reaffirmation of the correctness of the Crime Branch report by the Director General of Police Amarananda Pattanaik after a baffling month of vacillation.

When Marik’s nexus with the underworld was discovered by the Crime Branch at Bhadrak and as discussed earlier, the report with documentary evidence received by the DGP from CB and Bhadrak Police was forwarded to government in the third week of April, he should have been suspended immediately. But surprisingly the Home department wanted an enquiry on reliability of the CB report!

It was aired first that Additional DGP Mr. Anup Pattanaik would conduct the enquiry. But the DGP did it.

However, the enquiry he has conducted is not conclusive. Though he has reaffirmed that Marik had tried to facilitate extrication of a notorious gang of Behari criminals from Bhadrak Jail and observed that such a conduct is not becoming of an IGP, he has not uttered anything on his suspected involvement with the conspiracy for jail-break. Assessment of his nexus with Behari underworld needs in-depth investigation, he has reportedly said.

Was he disallowed to conduct the in-depth investigation? Was he required to submit an inconclusive report?

The questions lurk.

The Chief Minister who holds Home portfolio, and with whose father Marik had remarkable rapport, should not allow any suspicion grow in public mind in this particular matter. The dilly-dally about action, the delay in suspension, the DGP’s inability to arrive at a conclusion – all these have already contributed to a boiling confusion. The Chief Minister should get conscious of it and wake up to the occasion. Any delay in determining Marik’s nexus with the underworld would reduce the DGP’s credibility and demoralize the police hierarchy and push the people into a sense of utter insecurity.

The sooner this is understood the better.