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Harischandra Yojana appears to be complete failure in Odisha

Kendrapara:23/6/17; The pro-people programme like Harischandra Yojana appears to be complete failure in Odisha with the incident reported from Kendrapara district where funds were collected from people by carrying an old woman’s body on trolley for last rites at crematorium.

The body was cremated today 24 hours after death of old woman due to lack of funds.

According to reports, Ani Rout (70) of Barapur village under Kendrapara Sadar police limits died yesterday at her daughter’s house at Narilo village following illness. She is survived by her two daughters. Her daughter urged the Sarpanch Basant Rout to provide her Rs 2,000 under Harischandra Yojana for cremation of their mother’s body.

However, the village head returned her with empty hands.

The tragedy did not end there. The villagers also denied allowing her daughter for cremation of body as the old woman was not from Narilo, where she died. Later, the daughter along with few relatives brought the body on a trolley to Barapada village where she was cremated this afternoon after collecting funds from people.

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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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