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Mahaprayan scheme launched by the state government failed

Puri:2/7/17: Amidst crowd and devotional fervor on Grand Road in Odisha’s pilgrim town Puri during nine-day long Rath Yatra of Lord Jagannath and his siblings, a man carried his daughter’s body on a trolley rickshaw towards Swarga Dwar for cremation as he was deprived of getting a hearse under Mahaprayan scheme launched by the state government.

The devotees were saddened to see such a pathetic scene on the Grand Road where the chariots were taken south turn for return to Jagannath temple with the deities.

According to reports, the deceased was identified as Kabi Sahoo, daughter of Dhani Sahoo of Jagannath Ballav area. Father carried his daughter on a trolley rickshaw to District Headquarters Hospital here after she complained of chest pain last night. However, the doctor declared her dead at the hospital in the wee hours today.

Without waiting for anyone, Sahoo carried his daughter’s body on the same trolley towards Swarga Dwar for cremation due to non availability of free hearse under Mahaprayan scheme.

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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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