Climate change has made the agrarian communities living in coastal, tropical and sub-tropical regions of Odisha its worst victims. The change in the time and amount of rain during the cropping seasons has badly hit the agriculture making it an unviable livelihood option. As a result, the communities’ vulnerability to livelihood loss and food insecurity has increased and Youth of the communities are now forced to migrate as labourers.
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
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Placing the violence of Kandhamal in Odisha as one of the worst of its kind in the country and listing it among three major instances of violence like the Gujarat violence of 2002 and the Anti-Sikh riots of 1984, the commission’s report mentions that, “In December 2007, in Kandhamal, Orissa, violence between Christians and Hindus resulted in several deaths, dozens of injuries, churches and homes destroyed and displacement. The murder of an influential Hindu political leader in August 2008 sparked a further violent campaign targeting Christians, even though Maoist extremists claimed responsibility.
Odisha's Keonjhar based orphanage MMSB is now under the scanner of Odisha High Court for alleged abuse to its inmates and workers. MMSB is believed to have strong clout in the political and bureaucratic circles of the state with the Governor of Odisha being its ex-officio patron-in-chief, former IAS Officer and present Rajya Sabha MP Pyari Mohan Mohapatra its patron, Collector and District Magistrate of keonjhar being the ex-officio president.