Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Maoist attack: CM’s relief eludes havildar

Express News Service First Published : 22 Jul 2009 03:30:00 AM IST
BHADRAK: Surendra Kumar Parida, an Orissa State Armed Police (OSAP) havildar working with Rourkela battalion was seriously injured by Maoists eight years back. But Parida of Sahaspur village in Bhadrak district is yet to get any financial assistance from Chief Minister’s Relief Fund. Reason: The collectorate has failed to furnish the requisite documents to the CM’s office.

‘‘I had applied to CM’s office for financial assistance for my husband’s treatment in 2007. Since then I have been making rounds of the collectorate, but in vain,’’ his wife Jasoda said. Parida was injured in a Maoist attack on March 13, 2001 at Upaloda in Gajapati district. He took a bullet on his waist. However, he was saved after undergoing treatment for 55 days in MKCG Medical, Berhampur. To meet the treatment expenses, Jasoda had sought assistance from the CM’s Relief Fund.

‘’The CM’s office had sought an inquiry report on Surendra. I have met the clerk concerned in the collectorate a number of times to expedite the inquiry, but the district administration is yet to submit the report,’’ she said. However, the collectorate staff have passed the buck to the tehsildar, Tihidi. ‘’The tehsildar concerned was asked to conduct an inquiry but he is delaying in submitting the report,’’ said a clerk in the collectorate on the condition of anonymity. Contacted, new District Collector Krushna Chandra Patra said, ‘’I will look into the matter.

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