The recent property statement submitted by members of the Naveen Patnaik government has become a talking point Those who have watched Ministers from close quarters for years are taking the statements with a pinch of salt.
As the Ministers' property statements have been widely publicised by the media, people have got to know the details of moveable and immovable properties. Interestingly many are coming forward to give proof of additional properties which have been shown in the property statements.
Even in villages, people know that their people's representatives possess more than what have appeared in the statements. An interesting idea that has emerged from the discussions is that there should a mechanism by which people can submit proof of additional properties being held by Ministers.
A young representative of a marketing company was trying hard to sell of his product to a group of housewives in the old town area of the city. He was selling non-stick ware which had attracted the women's group. But a peculiar problem cropped up. It seemed the marketing agent and the women were unable to communicate with each other regarding the price bargain. It was language problem. The women who were interested in buying were speaking in Odia or Telugu while the salesman was reluctant to speak any other language except English with an American accent. At last, a collegegoing girl entered the scene and thanks to her, some products got sold. Later it was found that the salesman was an Odia who also knew Telugu to some extent.
Asked why he had not spoken in these languages, pat came the reply. He felt that local languages would not go well with his modern dress and would affect his business skills he had acquired from his marketing school.
(Satyasundar Barik and Sib Kumar Das)