RAKSHI FROM MY SISTER LAXMIMA

Subhas Chandra Pattanayak

Rakshi has become such a mass affection festival in Orissa that, nobody will accept that, it is, by origin, not an Oriya festival.

In the process of acquiring this popularity, Rakshi has almost replaced Orissa’s traditional fest Gamha Punei celebrations.

Gamha Punei celebration is the culmination of paddy growing activities in Orissa, the land of rice.

Orissa celebrates Raja (Menstruation cycle of Mother Earth), when, with advent of the rainy season, the soil in heat due to summer, earns maturity to be sowed with the seed of paddy.

Symbolically, the lady of Srimandira – the epitome of the matriarch concept of Buddhism, the concept of creation caused not by Bramha, but by copulation, Sri Jagannatha – also gets the Raja treatment spanning from Snana to Nava Jouvana Darshana, typically like a Oriya girl having her first menstruation, particularly in a farmer’s family.

Under the sway of such matriarch concept, women folk of farmer families play a major role in shaping social ceremonies. On the full moon day of Shravana, they treat the Oxen (Balada) as their brother with whose help the farmers cultivate the fields.

Process of cultivation starts on Akshi Trutiya. Wife of a farmer puts the seeds of paddy in Akshaya Gauni and sends her husband to the field with the oxen to plough and sow the seeds. From that day till all the phases of paddy growing – Bida, Bihuda, Bachha, khelua, Beushana, Rua – are over, the oxen do not get adequate rest. By full moon day of Shravana, all these phases are usually over in Orissa.

So, on the last day of Shravana, the wife of the farmer conveys formal gratitude of the family to the oxen with tasty cakes she prepares from the best of the cereals and feeds the oxen while greeting them as her brothers; because, like a brother does not hesitate to help his sister even if that requires physical hardship and strain, the oxen perform all the hard works of cultivation for prosperity of her family. Every year, on the full moon day of Shravana, wife of an Oriya farmer renews her bond of affection with the oxen, fastening strings of flower on their horns.

This great occasion unfolds the unique Oriya philosophic concept that female factor is the presiding factor of life.

Gamha Paita

This being the greatest challenge to patriarch supremacism propounded by Vedic philosophy, not only Asoka had tried to destroy Orissa, but also Vedic chauvinists like Shankaracharya had flocked to Orissa to impose the patriarch god Brahma on the people of Orissa. In this process, they had contrived a legend that, a powerful demon had obtained a boon from Bramha that he can devour any number of human beings as he would want to satisfy his hunger on the full moon day of Shravana. As panicked people prayed God to save them from the demon, they were advised to become a Brahmin on that day, as the demon – Bramha Rakshasa – being a devotee of Bramha will not kill any Brahmin. So, on this day village Brahmins distribute Paita (the thread that the Brahmins wear) amongst all the members of farming families, against Dakshina (money or rice and vegetables they collect against the said service). Thus, on this day, the entire population of Orissa become a Brahmin population. And, though this is only for a single day, the concept of Brahmin as a protector gets implanted in the mind of the people, the Brahmins were thinking. When, therefore, to solidify the impression, they were calling this day as Bramha Parva (Festival of Bramhinisation) the farming people of Orissa, who by birth are anti-caste-divide, were mocking it as Gamha Parva, linking it to Gamha Poka (a silky white insect that damages the paddy) and the tread the Brahmins were instigating the people to wear being called Gamha Paita. Till my childhood days, this was in vogue in my birthplace Tigiria. It also continues in many places of Orissa till date. And, Srimandira of SriJagannatha continues to be place of no Brahminism.

People against caste divide

Many fights the people of Orissa have fought against caste supremacism and have heroically revolted against their own emperors like the patron of Brahminism Purusottam Dev, forcing him to withdraw his own book Abhinav Gita Govinda wherein attempts were made to transform Jagannatha from Buddha – the nullifier of caste divide – to Bishnu of caste-supremacism. In their fight against caste supremacism, the people of Orissa, history has witnessed, had dragged out the statue of Adi Sankara from Ratna Singhasana of Sri Jagannatha, where Purusottam Dev had consecrated that to be worshiped along with the deity and thrown the same to the dust where people were discharging their urine. Since then no Sankaracharya had dared to poke his nose into affairs of SriJagannatha, though this year the religious revivalists taking advantage of educated Oriyas running away from the agro-traditions, had tried to get him implanted on the horizon of Jagannatha.

Tricks to transform Buddha to Bishnu

However, having failed in the Brahminisation trick, the Vedic chauvinists had devised ways to project Jagannatha as Krushna, whose character depicted in the misleading Mahapurana Bhagavata was akin to that of a Sahaja Nayak perceived in Sahajayana of Buddhism, with a motive to slow-poison Oriya psyche to accept Jagannatha as Bishnu, in which name, Krushna was also projected.

Nefarious design

And, in this nefarious design, in order to wipe out the image of Krushna as a hero of class war, who, in Mahabharata, had given clarion call to wipe out the self-styled Aryas, who in the name of Vedic religion, were, by force, taking into their possession others’ properties including wives, they started Jhulana yatra with Jagannatha projected as a promiscuous lover of many women including Radha. The aim behind this was to show superiority of man over woman, to counter the matriarch effect of Buddhism in the Srimandira system.

In retaliation, Anangatura

People of Orissa foiled this design by providing for worship of the image of Anangatura (woman eager for copulation) which mocks at the Mukti Mandapa, a podium the Brahmins have erected for imposing their supremacy with the help of their patron king. The so-called Jhulana is being executed in the side of this Mukti mandap, in the outer campus of Srimandira, till date.

Rakshi introduced with Import of Balabhadra and Subhadra

Inter alia, in the design to transform Jagannath from Buddha to Krushna, they have added Balabhadra and Subhadra of Dwaraka to the system of Jagannatha Buddha. And, to eliminate the Gamha tradition, where women of farmer families were renewing their bond of affection with the Balada (oxen) treating them as their brothers, legends of Subhadra tying Rakshi in Barabhadra’s hands were introduced.

Balabhadra being Haladhara (whose distinction is based upon plough) is not different from Balad (oxen) that females of farmer families so lovingly accept as brothers. Therefore, the legend of Subhadra renewing her bond with Balabhadra with tying the Rakshi has not been rejected by the Oriya population.

Gamha strings become Rakshi

Thus the strings of flower tied on the horns of oxen by women in farmers’ families on Gamha Punei (Full moon day of Shravana) have, by extension, merged in sisters renewing their bond with brothers putting Rakshi in their hands.

But my family being a proud family of farm land owners is yet having the oxen greeted in traditional method and my sisters by birth have never been encouraged by my parents to tie Rakshi on my hand.

Photo with Laxmima's RakshiLaxmima in my life

But I have a sister in Laxmima Sircar, to whom, since her childhood, I am the elder brother, being adopted as a spiritual son of her most revered parents. Her Rakshi is always tied to my hand on this day every year, even though she is living in Ranchi. It never happens that the full moon day of Shravan arrives and Rakshi from Laxmima has not reached me. And, every year this is the only Rakshi I wear.

This year, it did not come in time.

The sun rose in the morning of Shravana Purnima as usual. The clock proceeded into 10 AM. I felt hungry, as I was waiting for Laxmima’s Rakshi so that after a bath I would take it and then have my breakfast. I telephoned her and she became instantly worried on hearing that her Rakshi has not reached me.

I decided to procure a Rakshi in her name and wear the same in her name.

But that was not to happen.

As I was going to ask my nephew to purchase a Rakshi on behalf of Laxmima, the postman entered into my campus and delivered me the speed post carrying her Rakshi, with her letter that she sends every year on this occasion, full of affection.

Rakshi, to me, is entirely sister-centric, despite attempts to make it patriarch.

It has become a great event in agrarian Orissa, despite not being an Oriya festival by origin.

Brave people of Orissa fighting the Flood, as Political Govt. Discernibly Fails

Subhas Chandra Pattanayak

With pictorial input from Chitta Mohanty/Pabitra M. maharatha

Flood 2014

People of Orissa know that their Political Government is of no use in times of calamities like the present flood, though the Executive Government may be of some use during and after the catastrophe. Therefore, oblivious of what their leaders are doing, they are, in their own way, fighting the flood.

The following pictures testify.

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It is to be marked that the affected people belong mainly to the poor working class and marginal farmers, whose houses are not strong enough to withstand the deluge. The picture taken from a distance shows how the rising flood threatens the thatched houses as a helpless person has no other way than watching in despair. No necessity to say where, because it is everywhere in affected Orissa.

resigned to fate as rising flood threatens thatched houses

Executive Government is claiming to have rescued 1.5 lakh people, but as per Deputy Relief Commissioner Pravat Ranjan Mohapatra, 84,650 persons are sheltered in relief camps. Where are the rest of the rescued persons? Answer won’t be available, because anarchy and confusion is the prevailing syndrome Orissa administration is afflicted with, as otherwise, two days ago, when the spate was menacing, the chief minister could not have declared that the “flood situation is under control”. But reality dose not support the CM’s claim, as thereafter the flood updates by officials show that the number of villages and victims of flood is in constant increase.

Minimum 28.58 lakh people in 4,951 villages of 134 blocks in 1,300 gram panchayats spread over 23 districts have been affected due to the floods, if the latest words of Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) are counted. All this is because of a nonchalant Political Government.

Want of Embankment Policy

A man in political power for more than fifteen years, in charge over water resources, Mr. Naveen Patnaik has never bothered about proper maintenance of river embankments and has never contemplated to have even an Embankment Policy, whereas, the Water Plan 2004 is kept inconsequential by the Political Government.

This Water Plan prepared by the Department of Water Resources, under control of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has been abandoned.

Though the “Plan” makers failed to find how far the embankments are meant to withstand the discharge in the delta basin, they had made it unambiguously clear that the embankments are deficient in several counts. To quote it, “The embankments are deficient in several counts.
They are not continuous. There are wide gaps at several places. They are not of uniform standard. Some are capital embankments, some are other agricultural embankments, some are test relief embankments and some are gherry bunds. The four categories have separate specifications. They are not properly designed. Most of them are deficient in slope and lack proper elevation at places. They are very poorly maintained”.

Water Plan abandoned

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik should have studied the Water Plan in right earnest and acted to rectify the defects so emphatically pointed out therein. But, he did not do it. He has neither framed an Embankment Policy, nor has he shown any interest to remove the defects in embankment system as shown in the Water Plan 2004. As a result, breached embankments have precipitated severe spread of the flood. See some pictures:

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The present flood has its severity because of two river systems: Mahanadi and Baitarani.
The pictures below would show, how, oblivious of the danger from fragile, poorly maintained, neglected embankments, industries have been helped by Naveen Patnaik to brutalize the beds of these two rivers causing thereby severe blockage in free flow, forcing the freshets to violate the normal confines. Mark them:

Mahanadi bed in industrial trapSubhas Ch. Pattanayak on the spot where Mahanadi is strangulated for industry

The situation has become worst, as because of his mad support to various industries, the natural beds of important rivers have been savagely tampered with, leading to breach of embankments under pressure of water debouching or over jumping the banks and levees.
The Water Plan 2004 had viewed lack of drainage a major reason of flood. To quote it: “Due to poor drainage system of the area, the flood water stays on and damages the crops and canal system, public and private utilities and properties. When this flood water combines with local rain water, the problem becomes more severe and acute”. Yet the government has failed to understand this phenomenon and helped industries strangulate the natural drainage. When the above two pictures show how Mahanadi is being strangulated, the two pictures below focusses on the debacles Baitarani is being subjected to by shrinkage of her natural breadth of flowing.

Severe destruction of Baitarani bedintake-well-on-baitarani chocks its free flow

 

Strengthening of embankments essential

From the history of flood in Orissa juxtaposed with data of recent floods, it transpires that strengthening of embankments to bear with 16 lakh cusecs of flow is essential to provide the people with enough protection from flood devastation, because floods of post-Hirakud period have not exceeded this volume so far. Only the Political Government could have done it. But Orissa’s Political Government, particularly under the preening prince of Bijudom, has blatantly failed.

Necessity of additional dams

The political Government could have erected additional dams to obstruct floods of this type in a more effective and useful manner. A dam at Tikarpada and another at Naraj in addition to Hirakud would fully control flood in Mahanadi delta, had underlined Dr. A.N.Khosla, He was certainly right, but vote bank politics punctured the proposal.

Alternative

In such circumstance the Water Plan envisaged “construction of a pond with conservation level of RL.54.90m. The control structure has to be designed in such a manner that the outflow from the pond will be limited to a safe discharge of 9 lakh cusec when a 100 year flood impinges. From routing studies it is seen that this is possible if the water level is allowed to rise to RL. 77.0m. When the design flood passes areas lying farthest from the pond will be submerged for only 24 hours and area closest to the pond for a period of 6 days and 6 hours (once in 100 years.). 64 villages will thus be affected. Habitations need not be submerged as gherry bunds up to 2 m height above flood level will be constructed around them. No towns will be affected. The proposal seems attractive and need further detailed investigation and proper design”.

Flood Storage

The Water Planners had further said, “Even if this proposal may not be accepted fully, a combination of the following measures may be considered. Some exclusive flood storage in the tributary reservoirs should be developed to reduce the MWL of the barrage.The ‘dynamic storage’ may be reduced to a lower level acceptable on submergence point of view. The safe discharge at Naraj may be raised to say 14 lakh cusecs experienced in 2001 and 2003 by strengthening the embankments.

Drawbacks in flood forecasting

A better flood forecasting mechanism at Hirakud to enhance the flood moderation capacity of the reservoir” was stressed upon. Behind this was location of specific drawbacks in flood forecasting system. To the Water Planners, “data transmission mechanism” was “unreliable” particularly at the time of flood, while observing that the “existing data communication mechanism is time consuming”. A single UG for a big catchment unit area up to 60,000 km2 involves error and the process of estimation of effective rainfall is also full of error, it was pointed out, in the Water Plan. Therefore, there is enough scope for development in the existing flood forecasting mechanism, it was pointed out in the Water Plan. But, the facilitator of POSCO, Vedanta, Tata, Bhushan and all such likes, got no time in the last ten years to pay attention to this.

Devastated yet brave people

Now as 38 deaths officially reported, 526 villages with 3.26 lakhs pf people marooned as per official report dated yesterday, at least 6.57 lakhs of livestocks severely affected when 96 domestic animals are dead and 2,69,765 Hectares of standing crop totally damaged, 24,823 houses collapsed (Ibid), the loss in terms of health and man days unfathomable, the brave people of Orissa are trying to save themselves, as the Political Government has failed them.

EXPOSURE PUSHES WRONG OFFICIAL ORDERS INTO SILENT DEATH

Subhas Chandra Pattanayak

We are not sure; yet we have reason to believe that the exposure in ORISSA MATTERS has forced secondary education officials to give a silent death to a blatantly illegal order issued by the Director of Secondary Education, Orissa in matter of a private High School we had cited as an instance.

The exposure was in two parts. The first part was captioned: Fish Market continues in the Directorate of Secondary Education:An Instance, and the second part was: Hub of manufacturing forged Certificates runs with the support of the Education Officials.

When one Dhobanath Sahu had run away from a school – Sankarsan Godi Godisahi Bidyapitha after his offenses such as manufacturing and marketing of forged certificates and misappropriation of funds and clandestine selling of school furnitures came to the notice of the Managing Committee, pending disciplinary proceedings, the MC had demoted him from the post of Head Master In-Charge ((HM I/C) to the third position in its faculty list. As the School became eligible for block grant and the Directorate of Secondary Education wanted the faculty list for approval of their appointment, the MC had submitted the list with Sahu in the third position. But, the Government did not consider him worthy of approval as a teacher.

Despite this, after many years of abandonment, when it was clear that the block grant would proceed into 100% grant-in-aid entitling the teachers to draw regular and full salary in time scale, Sahu managed to obtained a mysterious order from the Director of Secondary Education that declared him reinstated with retrospective effect in the post of HM I/C of the concerned school. And, it was stated therein that the Director has quashed his retrenchment! When Sahu was never retrenched, quashing his retrenchment was, if anything, a trick contrived to confuse the MC in serving Sahu’s interest instead of the school’s interest.

ORISSA MATTERS exposed this.

Exposed to the core, the mandarines have given the order of reinstatement of Sahu as HM I/C issued by the Director a silent death by projecting Ms. Namitarani Maharatha as the HM I/C in an order promulgated yesterday (7 August 2014) bearing the cadre list of teachers of the same school, where Sahu’s name has no mention even.

Here is the Notification.

cadrelist of teachers in SGGBcadrelist of teachers of SGGB 2

 

Yet, it is imperative that the Government in the Department of School and Mass Education should take action against the Director and his team that had contrived the tricks to impose Sahu on the school as HM I/C instead of handing him over to police for the serious offenses he committed before absconding.

We will keep an eye on this matter as a matter of a case study.

Exposure: Bhimsen Yadav of Servants of the People Society wants somebody to kill Senior Life Member Prof. K. C. Tripathy

 

Subhas Chandra Pattanayak

Rogues of Servants of the People Society (SoPS) have illegally occupied Orissa’s oldest newspaper ‘The Samaja’ founded by Panchasakha of Satyabadi headed by the late lamented Pt. Gopabandhu Das and funded by the people of Orissa. We have exposed the crime in these pages with evidences many a time. But they continue to loot the State’s heritage paper, as Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik is in nexus with them.

A very senior member of SoPS – an Oriya – Prof. Kishore C.Tripathy has become a hurdle for the rogues, as he has filed information of the offenses in Police Stations, both at Cuttack and New Delhi, and moved the appropriate court against hijacking of the organization by rogues, who have, by force, occupied the office, under pretense of an election claimed to have been held on June 28, 2012 that has, according to them, removed Sri Chand and Sri Tripathy from the post of President and Vice-President respectively of SoPS.

The hijackers’ team has a retired IAS officer namely S. C. Mantry as General Manager of the Samaja, who has been using his IAS tag to influence lower rank officers of Orissa to keep their eyes closed to all the illegalities being perpetrated by the illegal occupiers of The Samaja. Mantry has even filed a forged will of Pt. Gopabandhu before the ADM, Cuttack to derail an enquiry he was asked by the Registrar of Newspapers for India to conduct.

One Bhimsen Yadav is posing as the Chairman of the Orissa branch of SoPS. Below is what he has told over phone to SoPS President  Sri Onkar Chand on July 03, 2012 that reveals how he wants somebody to kill Sri Tripathy. Read the transcription of the relevant portion.

Bhimsen Jadav wants somebody to kill K.C.Tripathy

And, listen what has he said:

From what Bhimsen has told Sri Chand, it transpires that Mantry as the General Manager, is involved with a scam of at least 5 to 6 crores of rupees per year on account of secret selling of newsprint as wastepaper. Bhimsen’s very reporting to Oncar Chand proves that, to him, despite the fraudulent claim of election on June 28, 2012, Sri Chand is the President of SoPS, not Manubhai Patel. This, by itself is indicative of the correctness of Tripathy’s stand.

The most alarming revelation that jumps out of his telephonic report to Sri Chand is that, Bhimsen Yadav wants somebody to kill Sri Kishore C. Tripathy. He even asserts that, he is ready to take the responsibility, if somebody kills Sri Tripathy.

The illegal occupiers of the Samaja are so embolden by their nexus with the Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik that, Bhimsen is sure that if somebody kills Tripathy, the police in Orissa cannot dare to take any action against him, even if he claims responsibility for the murder!

Hub of manufacturing forged Certificates runs with the support of Education Officials

Subhas Chandra Pattanayak
In my preceding article I have exposed how secondary education officials from the Director to Circle Inspector of  Schools have acted in nexus with a manufacturer of forged certificates of the School as well as of the Board of Secondary Education, Orissa and how, in their eagerness to support this miscreant, they have ruined the academic peace and tranquility of the high school that the villagers had established to open up the gateway to higher education for their children.

The exposure is captioned: Fish Market continues in Directorate of School and Mass Education: An Instance. Click here to peruse the same.

This posting is a pictorial presentation of facts elaborated in that report. The Department of School and Mass Education, Government of Orissa is challenged to refute these evidences, if by investigation they find the report to be wrong. Or let the Minister, School and Mass Education step in and feed us with what action he takes against his officials that are in nexus with the manufacturer of forged certificates as exposed by us. Playing havoc with education is not permissible.
Picture No.1:
issued on 3.5.2001T.C. No. 1066426 was issued on 3.5.2001 to one Shyama Sunder Senapati wherein ‘purpose of leaving the school was mentioned as “For Service”. His date of admission is shown as 20.7.86 and his number in the Admission Register is shown as 15/86. Even the percentage of his attendance in the class is shown: 92.06%. But in reality, Senapati was never admitted into the School. In fact, there was no admission on 20.7.86. Obviously, Senapati wanted the TC with a date of birth suitable to him for service eligibility and he bribed heavily Sri Sahu and got the TC.

Picture No.2:
issued on 11.5.2001 -2The number of this TC is: 10066429. Beneficiary of this forged TC Suresh Kumar Pradhan is shown to have taken admission on 24.7.92 and his number in the Admission Register is shown: 26/92. The date of leaving the school is shown: 20.12.92 and the marks secured are shown ‘A’,’C’ and ‘B’ respectively against WE/SUPW, Art Education and Health/Physical Education. Yet, there is no mention of his percentage of attendance, though that is a must requirement to be mentioned in the TC and he had read in the school for 17 months till the date of his leaving the school on 20.12.94. It is shown in the TC that he had left the school “For Service”. But like the previous one, this one was also manufactured against heavy payola. As records of the school shows, Pradhan was never admitted in the school, there was no admission on 24.7.92 and the Admission Register had not even reached the serial 26.

Picture No.3:

fraudulently genrated HSCEven Board of Secondary Education certificates were being generated fraudulently and sold to non-students at very heavy price in a planned manner wherein Board officials were also involved. Non-students were being sent to the Board as “regular students” for High School Examination and with the help of agents in the Board, HS Certificates were also being generated. Then Headmaster I/C Sri Sahu was handing over the same to the buyers. One such certificate bears the Serial No: M1942241. Sri Sahu has signed it on 3.12.07 as the Headmaster. But the student Nesarat Mahammad was not a student of this school.

 

HSC 2Picture No.4:

A big bunch of High School Certificates including this one bearing number A107187008 in the name of Yusuf Khan had arrived in the school. It was seen that none of the claimants of the certificates, recommended to the Board by former Headmaster I/C Dhobanath Sahu as regular students was at all admitted in the school.
Picture 5:

affidavitThe new HM I/C Bijay Kumar Nayak refused to give them the certificates, as there was no trace of them in the school admission register. Board Secretary as well as the Inspector of Schools,, Khurdha Circle forced the new HM I/C to issue them the certificates on obtaining affidavits from them wherein they were to declare their date of birth, names of parents, addresses and that they were students of the school. That was complied with as this photocopy of an affidavit shows. Certificates, thus, were issued under signature of the new HM I/C. This proves that the Board of Secondary Education and the Inspector of Schools,, Khurdha Circle were deeply involved with this forgery and Dobanath Sahu was running the racket of certificate manufacturing in the school with their help.

D.Sahu in 3rd postPicture No.6:

Overwhelmed by offenses of Dhobanath Sahu including running the forged certificate racket, misappropriation of funds, unauthorized absence and abandonment of job, the Managing Committee demoted him to the 3rd position in the least of its staff, as seen in this picture, in Information Form No. A (ii). On going through it vis-à-vis allegations against him on records, the government did not approve his appointment as a teacher.

CI to D.SahuPicture 7:

Despite this, Circle Inspector Priti Pratima Bhol contrived a mischief to see Sahu in the top post of faculty in the School. This is the photo copy of her illegal order.

order of directorPicture No.8:
When the CI’s arbitrary conduct marked in the above order, mingled with subsequent orders of malicious conspiracy has given birth to such anti-academic developments that the High Court had to admit a writ case and the matter stands sub judice, the Director of Secondary education has issued a mysterious order that quashes the retrenchment of Sahu when he was not retrenched. Funny orders emanate when palms are greased, some say.

I hope, Orissa’s educated persons and ‘Non-Resident Oriya’ population whose cries for betterment of school and mass education know no bound in TV channel discussions and online forums, would look at this case study in non-meretricious manner and prevail upon the minister concern, Debi Prasad Mishra and the man of their high appreciation, chief minister Naveen Patnaik to react to this exposure, so that we can know how far their pronounced commitment to betterment of school and mass education matches their action.

Fish Market continues in Directorate of Secondary Education: An Instance

Subhas Chandra Pattanayak
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik was not even in the womb of politics. Orissa Assembly had to plunge into pandemonium over a frontbencher’s allegation that the education directorate had become a fish market where every file movement had a price tag. Even ministers were one with the allegation.

Sadly, the scenario has not changed. The same fish market character is yet discernible.  Director to clerks in the Directorate of Secondary Education sleep over a matter if palms are not greased and illegal orders are manufactured and enforced if pockets are taken proper care of.

I will cite a single instance.

I may cite many instances. But I am citing a single instance with the specific purpose that, for the new minister in charge of the portfolio – Sri Debi Prasad Mishra, who, unlike many of his colleagues is a sharp grasper – can pay his concentrated attention to the syndrome if a single instance is focused and reach a remedy.

So, here it is.

Sankarsan Godi Godi Sahi Bidyapitha

Director, Secondary Education, Orissa, in a letter signed by Deputy Director (NGS) on 7.5.14, has quashed the retrenchment order of Sri Dhobanath Sahu, in-charge Headmaster of this school and has allowed him “to resume in his duty in the school immediately”. This order of “so-called reinstatement” has been challenged as “illegal/arbitrary/high-handed” in W.P.(C) No.10575/2014.

Without prejudice to the case in question, it may be mentioned that the Director has created the situation for the case that has ruined the academic environment of a rural high school founded, not by the Government, but by the villagers for benefit of their children.

It is just a case study on how school education in Orissa is being imperiled by the Director of Secondary Education as his corrupt colleagues have kept the Directorate a “fish market”.

The School by the villagers for their children

As the State Government stayed apathetic to people’s demand for a High School so that the gateway to higher education could have opened for their children, the villagers of Godisahi, Godi in the district of Khurdha resolved to establish a high school by them. A man of great humanitarian concern of the locality Sri Abhay Ch. Nanda donated a decent patch of land to the villagers for establishment of the High School and the same started functioning with the collective contributions of the villagers. On recommendation of the Government, as the people had “fulfilled all the conditions for recognition”, the Board of Secondary Education recognized the private school by order No. 283 dated 8.1.1993, that helped the students graduate from the said school, which was essential for their higher education.

Churning machine of illegal TCs

The above named Dhobanath Sahu was the Headmaster in-charge of the school. He took full advantage of the recognition and made the school a churning machine of illegal certificates. Let us take into accounts only two days of a single month in order not to overload this presentation with documents. The month is May 2001 and the dates are 3 and 11. T.C. No. 1066426 was issued on 3.5.2001 to one Shyama Sunder Senapati wherein ‘purpose of leaving the school was mentioned as “For Service”. His date of admission is shown as 20.7.86 and his number in the Admission Register is shown as 15/86. Even the percentage of his attendance in the class is shown: 92.06%. But in reality, Senapati was never admitted into the School. In fact, there was no admission on 20.7.86. Obviously, Senapati wanted the TC with a date of birth suitable to him for service eligibility and he bribed heavily Sri Sahu and got the TC.

Racket of manufactured certificates

The second instance of manufactured TC is the one issued on 11.5.2001 to one Suresh Kumar Pradhan. The number of this TC is: 10066429. Pradhan is shown to have taken admission on 24.7.92 and his number in the Admission Register is shown: 26/92. The date of leaving the school is shown: 20.12.92 and the marks secured are shown ‘A’,’C’ and ‘B’ respectively against WE/SUPW, Art Education and Health/Physical Education. Yet, there is no mention of his percentage of attendance, though that is must requirement to be mentioned in the TC and he had read in the school for 17 months till the date of his leaving the school on 20.12.94. It is shown in the TC that he had left the school “For Service”. But like the previous one, this one was also manufactured against heavy payola. As records of the school shows, Pradhan was never admitted in the school, there was no admission on 24.7.92 and the Admission Register had not even reached the serial 26.

For service, authentic proof of the date of birth is essential. And, a school leaving certificate/transfer certificates (TC) carries the date of birth, legally accepted as authentic. Dhobanath Sahu churned out such certificates against huge money collected clandestinely.
Even Board of Secondary Education certificates were being generated fraudulently and sold to non-students at very heavy price in a planned manner wherein Board officials were also involved. Non-students were being sent to the Board as “regular students” for High School Examination and with the help of agents in the Board, HS Certificates were also being generated. Then Headmaster I/C Sri Sahu was handing over the same to the buyers. One such certificate bears the Serial No: M1942241. Sri Sahu has signed it on 3.12.07 as the Headmaster. But the student Nesarat Mahammad was not a student of this school.

MC in action

Such some mischief having come to the attention of the staff as well as the managing committee, before the managing committee initiate any action against his frauds, Sahu relinquished his responsibility on his own accord and requested the Secretary of the MC on 10.7.2008, that, as he was “not working properly” because of being under the load of “so many problems” , he had already “left HM and Hostel charge”; and requested him to give “HM and Hostel charge specially to Bijaya Kumar Nayak”. And, with this much intimation to the Secretary, he abandoned the school under panic.

The MC of the school, under such extraordinary situation looked into his conduct in depth. To its horror, it found that not only such fraud in generation and issuance of certificates to non-students, but also his activities included misappropriation of school properties and even selling away of a lot of classroom furniture like chairs and tables. The MC wanted to hear him in this matter. But he did not come despite repeated notices.

In its meeting No.08 of 2008, the MC recorded details of the offenses committed by Sri Sahu and unanimously adopting resolutions against him, informed the same to the Inspector of Schools,, Khurdha Circle as well as to the Director of Secondary Education and Board of Secondary Education, Orissa. The MC enumerated his offenses and resolved to dismiss him. Yet, as he had not handed over the charges, particularly the accounts of the school for 10 years under his headmastership, he was given 15 days time to handover charges as per law, failing which, as communicated to him through Advocate Ajit Kumar Patnaik on 7.11.2008, it would be deemed that he has no interest for the post and the funds not accounted for by him spanning 10 years would be treated as “misappropriated” and the MC would take “appropriate legal action” for recovery of the money.

BSE and CI involved in the racket

As Sri Sahu continued to keep mum, a big bunch of High School Certificates arrived and it was seen that the claimants of the certificates, recommended to the Board by Sahu as regular students were not at all admitted in the school. New HM I/C Bijay Kumar Nayak refused to give them the certificates, as there was no trace of them in the school admission register. Board Secretary as well as the Inspector of Schools,, Khurdha Circle forced the new HM I/C to issue them the certificates on obtaining affidavits from them wherein they were to declare their date of birth, names of parents, addresses and that they were students of the school. That was complied with and certificates, thus, were issued under signature of the new HM I/C. This proves that the Board of Secondary Education and the Inspector of Schools,, Khurdha Circle were deeply involved with this forgery and Dobanath Sahu was running the racket of certificate manufacturing in the school with their help.

Exemplary action by MC

The offenses of Sahu were so serious that in view of his total silence over the charges and abandonment of service, he could have been dismissed from service. Yet, the MC did not dismiss him. It demoted him to the 3rd position in the cadre list of its teachers and informed him of this in its Secretary’s letter dated 4.11.2008, while asking its lawyer to serve on him the notice mentioned supra. It was an exemplary action. But this magnanimity shown to him was ignored by Sahu, as he was in active Panchayat politics by then and the demotion order had not absolved him from the offenses he had committed.

The School under Block Grant

After this demotion was effected, the School was taken into the Block Grant scheme a copy of which reached the school on 6.11.2008. Block Grants ensures a minimum amount of stable salary with financial support from the state, a step ahead towards full salary at par with government schools. The school was instructed to submit its staff list for approval of appointment by 10.11.2008, which the school complied with on 8.11.2008, showing Dhobanath Sahu in the third position in the list of teachers and staff.

Approval refused to Sahu

As transpires from Government Orders communicated through Circle Inspector’s letter No. 8202 dt.25.5.2009 and letter No. 16982 dt. 9.11.2009, the government refused to approve Sahu as a teacher, as by then it was aware of the forgery and other illegalities he had committed as HM I/C of the school. But Sahu was not to miss the chance to regular pay through the gateway of Block Grant. He was anyhow to grab approved status despite denial of approval to his appointment by the government. He cultivated the lady Inspector Priti Pratima Bhol to achieve this.

Priti Pratima Bhol gives birth to a mischief

Under his influence, Inspector of Schools of the circle Ms. Priti Pratima Bhol gave birth to a mischief that has since then destroyed the academic environment of the school under loads of litigation.

She was so gained over by Sahu that she generated a letter on 25.01.10 bearing No.986 addressed directly to him as “Headmaster in charge” of the school, wherein she gave reference of two letters she had received from Sahu on 17.11.2008 and 21.12.2009 and said:

“You reported to this office that you attended the school on dt.15.11.08 and dt. 21.12.09. But the ex-secretary of the school did not allow you to resume the duty of the school.

In this connection you are requested to proceed to the school and resume the duties properly. Any obstacles arises in the matter, may be reported to the undersigned for further course of action at this end”.

The copy of this letter was communicated to Bijay Kumar Sahoo, assistant teacher of the school, requesting him “to co-operate Sri Sahu to work in the school, threatening him simultaneously that if “any deviation arises in the matter”, he “will be held responsible for the purpose”.

Priti’s mischief is as naked as a nude in this letter. In order dated 5.2.2010 in W.P.(C) No. 2096 of 2010, the High Court of Orissa had held this order illegal with the observation that the “Inspector of schools, Khurda Circle, Khurda has absolutely no jurisdiction to thrust upon the school to accept Shree Dhobanath Sahoo as Headmaster In-charge in the said institution, which is solely within the domain of the Managing Committee”. This order was recalled on technical ground in RVWPET No.42 of 2010, in order to give a chance to Sahu to step in to the Writ Case and say his version. The issue has rested there.

But the Director of Secondary Education was duty bound to take administrative steps against Priti Pratima Bhol for her corruption discernible in the letter cited supra.

These are the points that bare her corruption:

1. She was in possession of the minutes and resolutions of the School Managing Committee Meeting No.08/08 wherein forgery and misappropriations committed by Sahu and his abandonment of service were recorded;
2. She was in possession of the order of demotion of Sahu from the post of HM I/C to the third position in the list of teachers pending enquiry into his offenses;
3. She was well aware of the fact that Sahu was no more the HM I/C, as she had accepted and forwarded to the Director the statutory information sheet in Form A-(II) signed by the new MC I/C wherein Sahu was shown in the 3rd position in the list of teachers;
4. The government’s orders denying approval to Sahu’s appointment was well within her knowledge, as it was she, who had communicated the government order to the School in her letters of 25.5.09 and 9.11.09 wherein there was no trace of Sahu in the approved list of teachers eligible for Block Grant.
5. She never made any enquiry on the on Sri Sahu’s allegation that the ex-secretary did no allow him to join his duties though he had “attended the school on dt. 15.11.08 and dt.21.12.09”.
6. From letter of Sahu dated 10.07.08 till 15.11.08, where was Sahu? If he had attended the school on 15.11.08, and the ex-secretary did not allow him resume his duties, why was he silent till 25.05.09? On the other hand, if he had written the letter to the Inspector on 25.05.09 as Ms. Bhola has mentioned, where was he thereafter till 09.11.09? Ms. Priti Pratima has not required any answer on this from Sahu. She has not even asked the School to react to Sahu’s letters. She has not even revealed what action she had taken on Sahu’s letters. Not only that, but also she has not mentioned of Sahu’s letter of what date she had to issue this mischievous letter on 25.01.10 and where was Sahu from 09.11.09 till this date.

How could she address Dhobanath Sahu as HM I/C in this letter when she knew that he was not the post holder, not even an approved teacher and a teacher under the process of prosecution for misappropriation of wealth of the school and forgery of certificates?
It was incumbent upon the Director to enquire into allegations against Sahu if the school fitted into Block Grant was to be saved. In fact, on 29.04.10 by order No.21660, the Director had asked the Circle Inspector of schools, Khurda for a factual report on the well documented allegations of HM I/C of the school. The CI was the same Ms. Bhola whose mischief, as discussed above, was at the root of all the ills the school was suffering. The representation of the HM I/C dated 13.4.10 on which the Director had sought for the report, had severe allegations against the same Inspector. The “subject” of the allegation read, “Repeated harassment being meted out to S.G.G.Bidyapitha by the C.I. of Schools, Khurda”. When the allegations were such emphatically raised against the C.I. of Schools, the Director had asked the same C.I. to to enquire into the allegations and report. What a farce!

Case in the High Court

The C.I. had made the situation so unmanageable that the school had to seek intervention of the High Court of Orissa in W.P.(C) No. 22280 of 2010. In an Order dated 22.12.2010 in Misc. Case No. 20410 arising out of the writ case, the High Court, in the interim, stayed the order dated 29.11.2010 issued by the C.I. of schools, Khurda. Interestingly, Sahu filed a misc. case to be an intervener , which the Court granted. And, he moved the Court for vacating the interim order dated 22.12.10. The Court refused to vacate the stay.

Retrenchment quashed in absence of retrenchment!

When Dhobanath Sahu’s prayer has thus been rejected in the High Court and the issue is sub judice, the Director of Secondary Education has issued an order bearing No.15089 dated 06.05.14 wherein it is mentioned that the Director “has been pleased to quash the retrenchment order of Sri Dhobanath sahu, in-charge Headmaster, Sankarsan Godi Godisahi Bidyapitha, Godi and allow him to resume in his duty in the school immediately”. Sahu was never retrenched. Which order of retrenchment the Director quashed is a conundrum.

Sahu was demoted to the 3rd rank in the faculty, pending disciplinary action. Under orders of the Government the Director refused to approve his appointment for Block Grant, obviously because of his serious misconduct. So quashing his “retrenchment” when he was not retrenched and asking him to resume as Headmaster of the school, when he was not in the approved list and there was a Headmaster legitimately in chair by being appointed by the MC and recognized by the authorities,  is an offense that only a habitual offender can do; not a responsible Director of education.

The school is a non-government school and the Director has no jurisdiction to appoint anybody as Headmaster or to quash any resolution of the MC of the school. Appointment of Headmaster “is solely within the domain of the Managing Committee”, had declared the High Court on 05.02.10 in W.P.(C) 2096 of 2010.

This illegal order has been challenged in a new writ case bearing No. W.P.(C) 10575/2014.

This is just a sample of how the fish market is continuing in the Directorate of Secondary Education, Orissa, under the very nose of the Secretary and Minister of the department.