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Phalikia Basti in Ashok Nagar of Ward 41 became the 9th slum to go ODF

Bhubaneswar:30/7/17: As part of the continuous efforts towards making Bhubaneswar Open Defecation Free (ODF), Phalikia Basti in Ashok Nagar of Ward 41 today became the 9th slum within the Bhubaneswar Town Centre District (BTCD) to go ODF.

Sixty-two families residing in the Phalikia Basti have recently constructed 48 toilets to make the slum Open Defecation Free as some families mutually agreed to share the toilets due to space constraints.

As the residents proudly celebrated the feat of success by taking out a “Gaurav Padayatra’’ (Walk of Pride) for becoming ODF, Mayor Ananta Narayan Jena and Bhubaneswar (Central) MLA Bijay Kumar Mohanty joined them recognising their efforts towards making a cleaner city environment. Among others, Deepak Routrai, GM (Operations), BSCL, Binaya Kumar Dash, Zonal Dy. Commissioner (South East), BMC, Santosh K Mishra, OSD, BSCL and ward councillor Mamata Sahoo along with officials of city agencies, Feedback Foundation were present in this Gaurav Padayatra.  

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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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