One may be surprised to know that Bhubaneswar, the capital city of Odisha, possesses only 22 community toilets which are known as Sulabh Souchalaya. Such toilets can be used on payment of usual charges. The most surprising is that none of the major markets in the city has any urinal.
Therefore the floating population who visit the city daily for different purposes usually defecate at open places and make city dirty.
To reduce open defecation at different places, the denizens of Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) several times have requested for construction of additional number of community toilets in the city.
But all their efforts went in vain. In view of the impending rainy season and deteriorating sanitary condition in the city, it is necessary that at least 70 community toilets may be constructed at different locations of the city and additional budget provisions may be made for the purpose.
K. C. Mohanti
for uplift of poor
National television channels recently spent three days by debating how leaders were cracking jokes on food. After three days, they made one leader regret his comments. But are they able to change insensitiveness of the whole political fraternity?
Political leaders will continue to enjoy the big divide between the rich and the poor. Poor people are only used during election only. Had they been so serious about uplift of the poor, they could have succeeded in their efforts. During past six decades, politicians have only learnt how to use slogans for garnering votes.
If poverty goes away, there would be no government expenditure. Then politicians will have no authority to exhibit. Voters should start segregating sensitive and insensitive leaders.
Time to introspect
Gram sabhas emphatically said no to mining in Niyamgiri. The government should make self-introspection as to how it was bulldozing people’s views. Since administration has been doing it for the past several decades, people have lost faith in the government.
It must take people’s views in all such projects which are hurting people’s religious and emotional sentiments. The criteria for judging people’s sentiment should be done only through gram sabhas. There are several projects such as POSCO and mining in Keonjhar and their fate should be decided by people only.
But another important aspect came to the light. Non-government organisations were seen unusually active in case of the Niyamgiri mining issue. Can they show the same sympathy to all tribal population?
Keep SEBI out
The much hue and cry about economic figures has little to do with the day-to-day activities of an ordinary citizen. The RBI’s initiatives did stem the fall of the rupee. The interventions by SEBI have failed to make a dent. It is pertinent to note that the appointment of SEBI chief itself is embroiled in a controversy. It is better that the government relies only on RBI to intervene in this issue.