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Drinking water scarcity has provoked angry protest in several areas across the state

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Bhubaneswar :24/5/17; Drinking water scarcity has provoked angry protest in several areas across the state despite the governmental claim that ‘all is well’.Protesters mainly women pelted bangles with water taps going dry in their localities in Belpahar township of Jharsuguda district. Residents of the township had blocked the national highway yesterday to get a drop of water. Murmur of protest has been evidence invariably in majority of urban areas even as drinking water is becoming scarce with each advancing days of summer.

If the prevailing situation is bad for urbanites, things have gone from bad to worse in rural Odisha.

The sorry plight of tribal settlers in a far-flung village is a glaring case in point.

The women of Jamalipali village under Ulunda block in Subarnapur district undertake more than two kilo metres journey to fetch water. The journey along the circuitous roads takes the tribal women at least half-an-hour. The return journey with water-filled pitchers is more time -consuming.

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Ashok Palit has completed his graduation from Upendranath College Soro, Balasore and post graduation from Utkal University in Odia Language and literture.. He has also carved out a niche for himself as a scribe of eminence after joining the profession in 1988. He is also an independent media production professional. He brings loads of experience to Advanced Media, Ashok Palit as a cineaste has been active in film criticism for over three decades. As a film society activist, he soared to eminence for his profound commitment to the art film appreciation and aesthetics of cinema. His mode of discourse is often erudite but always lucid and comprehensible marked by a perfect acumen so rare in the field. A film aesthete with an immense fond of critical sensibilities, he wrote about growth and development of odia cinema in New Indian Express, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Asian Age and Screen. He has been working as an Editor for Cine Samaya from 2002-2004.. He had made solid contribution on cinema in many odia Dailies and weekly such as Samaj, Prajatantra, Dharatri, Samaya, Satabadi, and weekly Samaya.

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