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Odisha government has withdrawn its approval for the allotment of a part of a school playground for construction of an IAS Officers’ Association transit house

Bhubaneswar:10/6/21: Under pressure following widespread criticism, the Odisha government has withdrawn its approval for the allotment of a part of a school playground here to the IAS Officers’ Association for construction of a transit house, official sources said.

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik decided to rescind allotment of 1.5 acres out of a plot measuring 2.458 acre belonging to a school and its playground at Unit VI hereafter it drew flak from various quarters including the alumni associations of Government Boys’ High School and Government Girls’ High School and the Odisha Abhibhabak Mahasangha.

 Bringing to light the government’s decision to give the land, belonging to gharabari (homestead) kisam (category), at Ganga Nagar to the IAS Officers’ Association. The state government had tried to justify the decision on grounds that the patch was ‘unutilised’.

What raised eyebrows was not just the intent and timing of such a decision but also why the service body needed a part of the land earmarked for a school playground when the BJD government in 2019 allotted a land with a building to it at Sishu Bhavan Square here.

The government had also agreed to the service association’s proposal to construct a suitable building on the plot to help the IAS Officers’ Association, which is a private body, to carry out its activities including lodging and recreation facilities for those belonging to the cadre.

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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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