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Failure of the Mahaprayan scheme in Odisha once again came to fore

Phulbani:13/6/17; Failure of the Mahaprayan scheme in Odisha once again came to fore after the dead body of a minor girl was seen carried on a stretcher by her family members at Phulbani in Kandhamal district today.

The minor girl, a resident of Benangapaju village under Khajuriapara police limits of the district, had drowned while bathing at the village pond, earlier in the day. She had been rushed to District Headquarters Hospital, Phulbani where doctors declared her brought dead.

ccording to sources, the family members of the girl had requested for a vehicle under the Mahaprayan scheme to carry the dead but unable to get the same, they left for their village by carrying her on a stretcher.

The incident came to light after they were stopped on their way by town police. The police further arranged for the Mahaprayan vehicle and sent the body home.

Talking to media persons, SDPO Phulbani Surendra Nath Murmu said, “They were waiting for Mahaprayan vehicle but as it was late they were leaving with the dead body on a stretcher. Inspector-In-Charge of Town Police Station reached the hospital to stop them after getting the information. In the meantime, the Mahaprayan vehicle reached the spot and the body was sent in it.”

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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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