Friday, December 7, 2012

Odisha: Naveen's silence raises more questions about illegal mining

Leave apart the real magnitude of the mining scam in Odisha, which Srikant Jena imagines to be of 4 lakh crores, even an irregularity of 70,000 crore rupees is worth enough for a CBI probe. And, a probe by CBI can only track the involvement of bureaucrats, senior officials and political leaders in the illegal mining and bring them to book. But, in spite of several demands for a CBI probe, why the government of Odisha is not going for it when it would largely help in re-establishing the transparent image of the government and Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik as well?

Odisha: Transparency in Bureaucracy holds key to make Decentralised Planning a reality

Adamant and ‘different-from-others’ attitude of the bureaucracy are the bottlenecks in effecting decentralisation in Odisha. So, to make decentralised district planning a reality in the state of Odisha, what is primarily required is a change in the attitude of the bureaucracy and the people in power who design policies for the development of people. They mustn’t rule over people but serve people and facilitate decentralised planning and development.

Dongria tribe of Niyamgiri demands complete shutdown of Vedanta unit in Lanjigarh

Thousands of Dongria Kondh tribals and agrarian community members took out a rally at Lanjigarh on December 6, 2012, Thursday, demanding complete closure of Vedanta Aluminium unit on the foot of Niyamgiri hill range. Tribals from both Kalahandi and Rayagada districts, who depend on Niyamgiri for their livelihood, participated in the rally, held under the banner of the Niyamgiri Surakshya Samity (NSS). Leaders of various democratic movements including Lingaraz Azad of National Forest Worker’s Federation and Prafulla Samantara, Convenor of National Alliance for People’s Movements, also joined the rally to extend their solidarity.