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Sunday, 03 January 2016 14:05 Oriya Publisher
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Jual: Pact with BJD 'historic blunder'

Freedom fighters seek quota for kin

BJP meets guvernor over NFSA scandal

'Millet cultivation can save farmers fighting drought'

Jual clarifies comment on chit fund scam probe by CBI

Price hike sweetener for Ganjam sugarcane farmers

Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation prepares for top city status contest

Anti-Polavaram stir by BJD on Jan 7

5 north-bound trains cancelled for fog

 

Jual: Pact with BJD 'historic blunder'

Sunday, 03 January 2016 08:48 Oriya Publisher
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Union tribal affairs minister Jual Oram here on Saturday said the BJP's decision to form an alliance with the BJD in 1997 was a "historic blunder" for which the party is still paying the price.


BHUBANESWAR: Union tribal affairs minister Jual Oram here on Saturday said the BJP's decision to form an alliance with the BJD in 1997 was a "historic blunder" for which the party is still paying the price.

It was Jual's second googly against his own party in two days after his Friday remarks of CBI going slow in probing multi-thousand crore chit-fund scam in the state kicked off a political controversy.

Speaking exclusively to TOI, the Union minister said the decision was because of the party's political immaturity. "We did not have the necessary political experience and maturity then. We chose a party whose vote share had sharply fallen to 17%," said Jual, adding that the coalition revived the sinking political force, stifling BJP's growth.

Jual was the state BJP president when a breakaway group of the erstwhile Janata Dal led by Naveen Patnaik formed the BJD and entered into a coalition with the saffron party. Jual said he has never shied away from owning responsibility for the wrong decision taken collectively by the party.



On the timing of his startling revelation, the lone BJP Lok Sabha member from the state said he has held this view since long and people acquainted with him know this.

The BJD dumped the BJP in 2009 ahead of the simultaneous Lok Sabha and assembly elections that year and came to power with absolute majority.

Jual said the BJP would never repeat such a mistake in future. At a time when people have rejected the Congress and the way the BJD is mocking at people's problems, BJP has a bright future here. "I am sure people will accept us," he said.

Jual said Naveen Patnaik became the chief minister "by chance". Reacting to Jual's assessment, BJD parliamentary party leader in the Lok Sabha Bhartruhari Mahtab said it is surprising because Jual had claimed credit, as the sate BJP chief, for the alliance to have materialized. On future possibilities, Mahtab said, "Who knows what will happen in future."
 

Freedom fighters seek quota for kin

Sunday, 03 January 2016 08:47 Oriya Publisher
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Freedom fighters of the state on Saturday demanded one per cent reservation for their children in the education sector and revision of their allowance.


BHUBANESWAR: Freedom fighters of the state on Saturday demanded one per cent reservation for their children in the education sector and revision of their allowance. State government gives monthly pension of Rs 5,000 to each freedom fighter while the Centre give them Rs 19,000 each.

Hundreds of senior citizens, who took part in freedom struggle, from the state and outside assembled at the Freedom Fighters' Day Mahotsav here.



"Salary of MPs and MLAs is being hiked frequently but the allowance of freedom fighters has not been revised for years. Children of those, who fought for the nation, should get reservation in higher and technical education as the children of those served in armed forces are getting reservation," said president of All India Freedom Fighters' Samiti N R Mathod.

The freedom fighters of the state also demanded pension for their unmarried daughters and sons with learning difficulties. "Since unmarried girls and sons with learning difficulties are dependants, government should provide them pension after our death," said Bhabani Charan Patnaik, a 92-year-old freedom fighter.

There are around 1,000 freedom fighters, who are receiving pension from the Centre and state government, official sources said. Of whom, 260 get pension from the Centre. The state government has made provision of free treatment of the freedom fighters in government hospitals.

Chief minister Naveen Patnaik said the state government is aware of the contribution of freedom fighters and had launched programmes and schemes for them and will continue to do so in future as well.
 

BJP meets guvernor over NFSA scandal

Sunday, 03 January 2016 08:47 Oriya Publisher
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'Millet cultivation can save farmers fighting drought'

Jual clarifies comment on chit fund scam probe by CBI

Price hike sweetener for Ganjam sugarcane farmers

Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation prepares for top city status contest

Anti-Polavaram stir by BJD on Jan 7

5 north-bound trains cancelled for fog

10th anniv of Kalingnagar firing observed

Six arrested for Gajapati triple murder

Mini marathon ushers in Parab

 

'Millet cultivation can save farmers fighting drought'

Sunday, 03 January 2016 08:46 Oriya Publisher
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BHUBANESWAR: Till not too long ago, Odisha farmers used to take up millet farming. But after Green Revolution, the government laid emphasis on paddy, wheat and other crops. Today, millet cultivation is virtually facing extinction.

Experts, including virologist and agriculture scientist Dr Balaram Sahu, said crops like finger millet (mandia), great millet (juara), spiked millet (bajra), Italian millet (kangu), kodo millet (kodua), barnyard millet (khira) and little millet (suan) are more nutritious. These crops are also resilient to climate change, he added.

"These crops could be cultivated in low irrigated and even non-irrigated areas as it needs very little water for its production. It can be raised in upland areas of tribal hilly zones of the state. It doesnt need synthetic fertilizers or pesticide. So a farmer can grow these crops without investing huge money like paddy, cotton and other cash crops," he said.

Das said the millets, which are highly nutritious, have several health benefits, such as its ability to protect one from diabetes, improves digestive system, reduces cancer risk and strengthen immune system. It has also medicinal values which helps human body, he added.

Nirman, an NGO, which has been promoting the production of millets in the state, said these crops have several positive points which need to be included in the food menu. "But it is not happening due to the lack of governments interest to promote these crops or the farmers lack of interest to readopt this," said Nirman chief Prashant Mohanty.

Another expert professor Radhamohan said cultivation area of such farming has declined to 63% between 1978 and 2013. If efforts are taken for the revival of this farming, then the prevailing agrarian crisis as well as the issue of food scarcity would be resolved, said experts.



Ranjita Behera, a millet grower of Biringia under Tumudibandha in Kalahandi district, said she has started harvesting millets like mandia,janha, kandula (pulse) and kangu. As her paddy crop was damaged due to scanty rainfall, she said, her family depends on millets in their menu to manage food crisis.

Another farmer Bipin Majhi of Kandhamal said he has cultivated millets in two acres of land. Last year, he earned at least Rs 10,000 from mandia and kandula. Though he has lost his paddy crop this year, he said, millet crops will see him throgh the year.

"Mixed cultivation and integrated farming will bailout a farmer from crop loss crisis," said Prashant Mohanty, adding, "Millet not only helps farmers earn some extra money, but also adds nutrition in their daily food."

He said mandia, janha and kandula are on demand than other millets. "If the state promotes the farming of millets and includes it in ICDS and PDS system, these crops will stage a comeback and resolve the agrarian crisis in state," Mohanty said.
 

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