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Data Centers to provide BC (Business Continuity) and DR (Disaster Recovery) to come up in Delhi, Pune, Hyderabad and Bhubaneswar

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Following is an excerpt from a report in expresscomputerline.

S.P. Singh, Sr. Director, DIT, Government of India, underscored the importance of support infrastructure in e-governance implementations. The government of India has taken the initiative of providing this infrastructure and its three pillars are State WAN (SWAN), State Data Centers (SDC) and Citizen Service Centers (CSC).

…The mandate of the SDC scheme is that data centers are to be set up in all 35 states and union territories. It involves an outlay of 1,623 crores over five years and this takes care of the CAPEX for setting up data centers as well as the OPEX for five years.

The idea (SDC) is to concentrate and migrate IT infrastructure in state governments to a centralized environment that provides 24×7 services.

With regard to BC and DR, Singh said the four data centers of the NIC will provide disaster recovery to individual states. A 64,000 sq. ft. data center will come up in Delhi to begin with. Pune, Hyderabad and Bhubaneswar will follow suit eventually.

BC refers to Business Continuity and DR refers to Disaster Recovery.

The award winning e-despatch system of Odisha developed by OCAC

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The web page of the e-despatch system is at Following is an excerpt from an article by Debabrata Mohanty in Indian Express about this system.

The system, started by Orissa’s panchayati raj department in 2007 and which has now been adopted by 17 of the 35 State departments, won the Nasscom award for social innovation in February this year.

Through the e-despatch scheme, Das and his team linked all the 30 districts collectors, 30 project directors of DRDAs and 314 blocks development officers in the State.

How it works

Every letter sent by the department from its head office in Bhubaneswar to all the block offices and the gram panchayats is scanned, saved in PDF format and sent through the server to a dedicated mailbox called e-space that’s assigned to every official in the department.

The system generates an auto letter number and assigns the address and mode of despatch for each letter. A computer operator in the department sends every letter to the respective e-space. The moment a letter lands in the mailboxes of the respective BDO or Collector, they get an SMS. The same letters are also sent by fax and post to the collectors and BDOs.

After the success of the e-despatch scheme, 17 state departments, including the housing and urban development department and health and family welfare department, are using the system to send letters.

e-desptach is a product developed by OCAC. I am getting more and more impressed with OCAC and its partnership with Odisha government in developing e-governance products and systems that are customized for the environment in Orissa. One of its other impressive system is the:

  • e-Sishu (Child Tracking System)

Vibrant Greater Rourkela Development Forum in the Web

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The Greater Rourkela Forum at is gaining momentum. There are vibrant discussions happening there in many subjects. Some of the hot topics there are:

I like the way discussions are going on there focusing on how to develop the greater Rourkela area. Hope more people will join that forum and work together towards Rourkela’s development. 

With this forum there are now four regional forums and Blogs that I know of and that are regularly updated. 

  1. Rourkela Development Forum – in a discussion group format visible to all
  2. Future Berhampur – a blog
  3. Kalahandia – a blog
  4. Western Odisha discussion and development forum – a blog

Hope soon there will more regional forums/blogs watching over the development and interest of other areas of Odisha such as Northern Odisha (Balasore-Baripada), Koraput-Jeypore area, Sambalpur-Jharsuguda area and Angul-Talcher area.

Steps towards electronic land registration in Odisha: Samaja

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Orissa RTI website is

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The official site has tons of information.

Some good Orissa related web sites and blogs; please suggest others

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Following are some good Orissa related web sites and blogs created by individuals (not companies or government). Besides some of the news sites (, Dharitri, Samaja, Sambada, etc.) I check the following ones quite often.

I hope more people take such activities as their hobbies. In particular, regional blogs on Rourkela, North Orissa (Balasore, Baripada), Central Orissa (Angul), and Koraput region would be very helpful for all round devlopment of Orissa. Any volunteers? One does not have to do it alone. A group of people can join hands and do it.

Excerpts from the Presidents’ speech to the new parliament on 4th June 2009

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The whole speech is at Following are excerpts. The underlining and other emphasis is mine.

18. The flagship programmes which my Government introduced have moved the country towards inclusive development. It would be our endeavour to consolidate these programmes in the next five years. The National Rural Employment Guarantee Act has proved to be what it promised-an effective social protection measure and the largest programme in the world for rural reconstruction. Its transformational potential is unfolding before our eyes. My Government would enlarge the scope of works permitted under the National Rural Employment Guarantee Act presently limited to unskilled manual work. The opportunity for improving land productivity through the NREGA will be maximized through better convergence of NREGA with other programmes. To ensure transparency and public accountability, independent monitoring and grievance redressal mechanisms will be set up at the district level.

19. The National Rural Health Mission has begun to strengthen rural public health infrastructure. The Mission would be consolidated to make perceptible reduction in infant mortality and maternal mortality in the next five years. Vaccine producing institutes in the public sector will be revived to support the immunization programme. My Government will expand the Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojana to cover all families below the poverty line in the next five years. Malnutrition has emerged as a major health challenge needing urgent response. Hence the nutrition delivery programme will be comprehensively revamped to bring it under the watch of panchayat institutions and move to provision of hot cooked meals in anganwadis.

20. Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan has been able to provide access to children to elementary schools and retention has increased on account of the universal mid-day meal programme. The focus will be on making quality education a right through the enactment of the Right to Free and Compulsory Education Bill now under consideration of Parliament. The Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan will universalize access to secondary education. The massive expansion in higher education through new institutions under implementation in the Eleventh Plan will enable the country to meet the challenge of education in full measure. In the last five years, a wide range of scholarships and educational loans was introduced for the needy and deserving students. This effort will be reviewed and further strengthened. Government’s strategy for higher education will be formulated around a three-fold objective of expansion, inclusion and excellence. The suggestions given by the National Knowledge Commission will guide the formulation and implementation of the strategy.

21. While male literacy went up to over 75 percent in the last census and is expected to be higher now, female literacy was only 54 percent in 2001. My Government will recast the National Literacy Mission as a National Mission for Female Literacy to make every woman literate in the next five years. Increased female literacy is expected to become a force multiplier for all our social development programmes.

22. My Government launched Bharat Nirman five years ago as a time-bound business plan for rural infrastructure. It has succeeded in reaching basic infrastructure of roads, electricity and telephone to a large number of villages. It has also achieved most of the targets of rural water supply, rural housing and has increased irrigation potential. The remaining tasks will be completed in the second phase of Bharat Nirman. It is also proposed to set enhanced targets for Bharat Nirman in the second phase.

The Indira Awas Yojana, which exceeded the original target of sixty lakh houses for the period 2004-2009, will now take up double the target of rural housing to one crore twenty lakh houses to be completed in the next five years.

Rural Water supply programme will be completed by 2011 and handed over to be managed by panchayats in the next Plan.

The rural telecommunication target will be set at reaching 40% rural teledensity in the next five years and expanding broadband coverage to connect every panchayat to a broadband network in three years. The scheme for Common Service Centres or e-kiosks will be suitably repositioned to be a network of panchayat-level Bharat Nirman Common Service Centres to provide government services to citizens in rural areas.

– New targets would be set for rural electrification, irrigation and road connectivity.

23. The Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) with approval of projects of nearly Rs. 50,000 crore in the last four years is reshaping our cities and has been widely welcomed. It will continue to focus on infrastructure, basic services and governance reform and increase support to cities to upgrade public transport. Over 15 lakh houses are under construction for the urban poor. There is a need to focus urban housing programmes on the poor living in slums. My Government proposes to introduce a Rajiv Awas Yojana for the slum dwellers and the urban poor on the lines of the Indira Awas Yojana for the rural poor. The schemes for affordable housing through partnership and the scheme for interest subsidy for urban housing would be dovetailed into the Rajiv Awas Yojana which would extend support under JNNURM to States that are willing to assign property rights to people living in slum areas. My Government’s effort would be to create a slum free India in five years through the Rajiv Awas Yojana.

24. My Government proposes to enact a new law — the National Food Security Act — that will provide a statutory basis for a framework which assures food security for all. Every family below the poverty line in rural as well as urban areas will be entitled, by law, to 25 kilograms of rice or wheat per month at Rs. 3 per kilogram. This legislation will also be used to bring about broader systemic reform in the public distribution system.

26. Over 50 percent of our population is below 25 years of age and their creative energy is our greatest strategic resource. The challenge is to invest in their education, employability and employment. India has the capacity to contribute to a fourth of the global work force if it invests in skill development of its youth. Education which provides employable skills holds the key for equal opportunities for Other Backward Classes, Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes, and Minorities. My Government has in the last five years brought in legal changes and investment in this direction. These would be consolidated. Besides making massive investment in education, government will focus on the national skill development initiative that has commenced operation with the very ambitious goal of creation of 500 million skilled people by 2022 so that we realize the demographic dividend.

27. The implementation of the Scheduled Tribes and Other Traditional Forest Dwellers (Recognition of Forest Rights) Act would be monitored to ensure that all title deeds are distributed by end of 2009.

29. The Amendment Bill to the Land Acquisition Act and the Rehabilitation and Resettlement Bill prepared to protect farmers and others dependent on farming from unfair displacement and which was placed before Parliament could not be carried through. It will be our endeavour to have these bills reintroduced and enacted in the budget session of Parliament.

30. My Government considerably enhanced provisions for social security through old age pension for all people below the poverty line and above 65 years of age, all handicapped people and all widows above the age of forty. It will examine extending social protection to other persons at special risk. Social security schemes for other occupations like landless labour, weavers, fisherfolk, toddy tappers, leather workers, plantation labour, construction labour, mine workers and beedi workers will be appropriately expanded.

32. My Government will initiate steps within the next hundred days on the following measures:

Restructuring the Backward Regions Grant Fund, which overlaps with other development investment, to focus on decentralized planning and capacity building of elected panchayat representatives. The next three years would be devoted to training panchayat raj functionaries in administering flagship programmes;

A public data policy to place all information covering non-strategic areas in the public domain. It would help citizens to challenge the data and engage directly in governance reform;

– Increasing transparency and public accountability of NREGA by enforcing social audit and ensuring grievance redressal by setting up district level ombudsman;

Strengthening Right to Information by suitably amending the law to provide for disclosure by government in all non-strategic areas;

– Strengthening public accountability of flagship programmes by the creation of an Independent Evaluation Office at an arm’s distance from the government catalysed by the Planning Commission. It would work on a network model by collaborating with leading social science research organizations and concurrently evaluate the impact of flagship programmes and place it in the public domain;

– Establishing mechanisms for performance monitoring and performance evaluation in government on a regular basis;

– Five Annual Reports to be presented by government as Reports to the People on Education, Health, Employment, Environment and Infrastructure to generate a national debate;

– Facilitating a Voluntary Technical Corps of professionals in all urban areas through JNNURM to support city development activities;

– Enabling non government organisations in the area of development action seeking government support through a web-based transaction on a government portal in which the status of the application will be transparently monitorable;

Provision of scholarships and social security schemes through accounts in post offices and banks and phased transition to smart cards;

– Revamping of banks and post offices to become outreach units for financial inclusion complemented by business correspondents aided by technology;

Electronic governance through Bharat Nirman common service centres in all panchayats in the next three years;

– A model Public Services Law, that covers functionaries providing important social services like education, health, rural development etc. and commits them to their duties, will be drawn up in consultation with states;

A National Council for Human Resources in Health as an overarching regulatory body for the health sector to reform the current regulatory framework and enhance supply of skilled personnel;

A National Council for Higher Education as recommended by the Yashpal Committee and the National Knowledge Commission to bring in reform of regulatory institutions;

Develop a "brain gain" policy to attract talent from all over the world into the 14 universities proposed in the 11th plan to position them as "Innovation Universities";

– A roadmap for judicial reform to be outlined in six months and implemented in a time-bound manner;

– Targeted identification cards would subsume and replace omnibus Below Poverty Line (BPL) list. NREGA has a job card and the proposed Food Security Act would also create a new card. Identification of beneficiaries for other programmes which currently use the omnibus BPL list would improve identification based on programme objectives with the common underlying principle that all identification of beneficiaries will be done through gram sabhas and urban local bodies and the list placed in the public domain to be open to challenge;

– A Delivery Monitoring Unit in the Prime Minister’s Office to monitor flagship programmes and iconic projects and report on their status publicly;

– Suitably institutionalized quarterly reporting on Flagship programmes as "Bharat Nirman Quarterly Reports" where Ministers would publicly report on progress through the media.

33. Infrastructure is a fundamental enabler for a modern economy and infrastructure development will be a key focus area for the next five years. Public investment in infrastructure is of paramount importance. Bottlenecks and delays in implementation of infrastructure projects because of policies and procedures, especially in railways, power, highways, ports, airports and rural telecom will be systematically removed. Public-private partnership (PPP) projects are a key element of the strategy. A large number of PPP projects in different areas currently awaiting government approval would be cleared expeditiously. The regulatory and legal framework for PPPs would be made more investment friendly. My Government will continue its special emphasis on infrastructure development in the North-East and Jammu and Kashmir and enhance connectivity to these regions.

34. Our fellow citizens have every right to own part of the shares of public sector companies while the government retains majority shareholding and control. My Government will develop a roadmap for listing and people-ownership of public sector undertakings while ensuring that government equity does not fall below 51 %.

35. My Government is firmly committed to maintaining high growth with low inflation, particularly in relation to prices of essential agricultural and industrial commodities. It will steadfastly observe fiscal responsibility so that the ability of the Centre to invest in essential social and economic infrastructure is continuously enhanced. This will require that all subsidies reach only the truly needy and poor sections of our society. A national consensus will be created on this issue and necessary policy changes implemented.

36. My Government has been able to significantly increase realization of direct taxes as a result of improved and simplified tax administration and this process will continue. The roadmap for moving towards a Goods and Services Tax will be vigorously pursued. My Government is fully seized of the issue of illegal money of Indian citizens outside the country in secret bank accounts. It will vigorously pursue all necessary steps in coordination with the countries concerned.

37. Coordinated action for energy would be guided by the integrated energy policy. The effort would be to see that at least 13,000 MW of generating capacity is added each year through a mix of sources -coal, hydel, nuclear and renewables. Village and rural household electrification and reduction in aggregate technical and commercial losses will continue to be given the highest priority. Competitiveness and efficiency in the power sector will be enhanced through time-bound measures, including operationalising the provision of open access.

38. The pace of oil and gas exploration will be intensified and India’s oil diplomacy aggressively pursued. Reforms in the coal sector, for which a detailed blueprint has been prepared, will be pursued with urgency. The international civil nuclear agreements will be operationalised with various countries even as domestic sources of uranium are exploited and work continues on the indigenously designed fast breeder and thorium reactors.

39. My Government will ensure that our space programme which has achieved wide recognition continues to bring rich dividends to society in agriculture, tele-medicine, tele-education and by providing information to rural knowledge centres, besides contributing to telecommunication, television broadcasting and weather forecasting. Several innovative initiatives commenced by government in the science and technology sector in the last five years and now under implementation will be further strengthened.

40. My Government is proactively addressing issues of climate change through eight national missions. Of these the National Solar Mission, the National Water Mission, the National Mission on Energy Efficiency, the National Mission on Sustainable Agriculture and the National Mission on Sustainable Habitat will be launched by the end of this year. The National Ganga River Basin Authority, set up recently will evolve a new action plan for cleaning and beautifying the river in partnership with the basin states. Site to book long distance bus tickets in Orissa

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The site is and it seems nicely made and looks useful.

Wi-fi in Cuttack station

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Following is an excerpt from a news report in Economic Times.

CUTTACK: Chairman of Railway Board K C Jena on Sunday inaugurated the wi-fi facility at the railway station here to enable passengers pursue their professional and personal activities even during travel.

Any passenger could access the internet at the station with the help of a wi-fi enabled laptop and use credit card of any bank for online booking, he said.

Jena said the facility, introduced for the first time in the East-Coast Railway division, would help the bonafide passengers to enjoy wireless broadband access, access to reservation system, check e-mail and surf net at platforms while travelling.

The facility, provided by M/s Railtel, was currently available in 53 stations across the country.

In the near future, Bhubaneswar, Puri and Visakhapatnam stations would get the facility, railway sources said.

NRO established Next Generation Technology of NY (USA) to establish an IT and Bio park

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Their web site is Following is from Samaja.


Latest BSNL Orissa ad in Samaja

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BSNL in Orissa now has many plans on land line, cell phone and broadband, including certain combinations of them. Following is a recent ad.

BSNL wireless broadband service in Orissa: ad in samaja

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Forest resource of Orissa

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The following is from The maps below are also copied from there. Both talk about the status in 1999. More info on Orissa forests is at


The recorded forest area of the country, as reported by the state forest departments, is 76.52 million ha which constitutes 23.28 per cent of the total geographical area of the country.


The recorded forest area is 5.72 million ha, which constitutes 36.73% of the geographic area of the state. The forests are uniformly distributed in the state except in coastal districts where they are scarce. By legal status, the Reserved Forest constitutes 47.37%, Protected Forest 52.60% and Unclassed Forest 0.03%. About 0.503 million ha, constituting 8.8% of total forest area, is affected by shifting cultivation.    

There are four forest types namely Tropical Semi Evergreen, Tropical Moist Deciduous, Tropical Dry Deciduous, and Littoral and Swamp Forests.

Short-cuts to Orissa related webpages

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 Note: I can have 999 such shortcuts. So far I have less than 100. Please suggest other short-cuts that you would like.


Acer mall comes up in Bhubaneswar

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Following is an excerpt from a report in

Acer, one of the world’s top 3 branded PC vendors, has opened its exclusive brand store, the Acer Mall, in Bhubaneswar. Targous Technology, Acer’s retail partner, showcases the entire range of Acer Desktops, Notebooks and Display products, which would include the Aspire series of consumer PCs, the Travel Mate and Aspire notebook series and also the Acer range of Monitors and Projectors.

… The Acer Mall is located before Ravi Talkies Square near Indian Oil petrol pump has a catchment area of 450 sq feet. The mall has an “Acer Lifestyle Products Experience Zone”, which helps customers in choosing the right product for their requirements by having a hands-on experience with the product.

BSNL broadband in Balangir soon

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Following is an excerpt from a report in Pioneer.

Broadband services in the town and other parts of the district would soon be launched after standard tests, said SM Talwar, chief general manger, Telecom, (CGMT) Orissa circle.

Wi-fi in Hotel Crown, Bhubaneswar

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New Indian Express reports on this.

Orissa to have near total mobile connectivity in a year

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Following is a big excerpt from a New Indian Express report on this.

As many as 432 towers are about to be set up in remote areas of the State, where there is no mobile coverage, under the “Mobile Infrastructure Project” rolled out by the Union Department with the help of the Universal Service Obligation Fund (USOF).

The fund has been generated from levy of 5 percent of revenue earned by telecom operators and is to be utilised on propagating affordable telecom services to people in rural and remote areas.

The number is part of the total 7,871 towers planned for India through the ambitious project.

Half of the 432 towers would be complete and operationalised by March 2008.

Telecom majors like BSNL and Reliance Communications Infrastructure Ltd. (RCIL) have shouldered the responsibility in creating the infrastructure for increasing penetration by erecting the towers. The State has been divided into four clusters with BSNL taking charge of the Coastal, Northern and Western Orissa with 316 towers and RCIL to erect the rest 116 in southern Orissa.

Controller of Communication Accounts, Orissa, and project administrator Kamalakanta Panda said the project entailed two parts, one installation of passive infrastructure like erection of towers and equipping it with necessary things and power and the next where service providers would utilise the tower by installing their equipment to provide signals.

The USOF would be extending Rs 1.5 lakh subsidy per site per annum to RCIL and Rs 0.75 lakh to BSNL till five years. “The whole objective is to give increase teledensity in rural areas. It was realised that subsidising only fixed line services would not be effective and hence, was decided to extend it to mobile services. The subsidy would mean an investment of about Rs 100 crore in Orissa over the duration,” Panda said.

Joint Commissioner Kashinath Jha said that at present around 75 percent of Orissa was covered by mobile connectivity. This initiative would increase coverage up to over 95 percent. The rest would be taken care of during implementation of the Phase -II where thrust would be on expansion of broad band connectivity in rural areas. The phase is likely to go underway within six months.

Orissa Watershed Development Mission

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Following is from their web page.

The Orissa Watershed Development Mission (OWDM) is an autonomous State level agency constituted under the Department of Agriculture, Government of Orissa, responsible for planning, implementing and monitoring all Watershed Development programmes in the State. The OWDM was constituted by the Govt. of Orissa as a registered Society and came into existence on 30th June, 2000. Recognizing the importance of Watershed Development as a platform for poverty alleviation, the Government of Orissa created the OWDM to give a “Strategic Mission” focus to the programme. The mission is intends to provide the required focus, coordination and operational flexibilities in implementation of watershed concepts and approaches in the State.


To bring about social and economic transformation of the people in the State of Orissa by creating an enabling environment for development of sustainable natural resources, effective social mobilization and people centered institutions through Watershed based approaches.


To facilitate sustainable rural development in the State through watershed movement with a focus on marginalized and vulnerable rural sections of the society through sustainable initiatives, bringing in convergence in various developmental efforts, establishing new processes and practices, encouraging innovations through learning, building people-centered institutions and play catalytic role in the processes and policy formulation with the sole objective of improving livelihood options of the community with efficient natural resource management.

The OWDM acts as a facilitating organization with a responsibility of creating knowledge and resource by collaborating with the Agencies having expertise in various aspects of Watershed Development and functioning in a integral part of the Govt. of Orissa having adequate operational autonomy regarding interpretation of guidelines and accountability for improving the quality and process in watershed development programmes.


IWDP: Integrated Wasteland Development Project (IWDP), a Centrally Sponsored scheme of GoI, Ministry of Rural Development, is being implemented in 23 districts of the State. 501 micro-watersheds are currently under implementation, of which, 246 projects sanctioned prior to 1.4.2000 were with 100% grant from GoI. After 1.4.2000, the funding pattern between Government of India and State Government is in the ratio 11:1 at the new cost norm of Rs.6000/- per Ha. The total outlay of these projects is Rs.14807.15 lakh for treatment of wasteland area of 2.78 lakh Ha.

DPAP: Drought Prone Area Programme (DPAP), a Centrally Sponsored scheme of GoI, Ministry of Rural Development is being implemented in 8 districts of Orissa covering 47 identified drought prone blocks. 800 micro watershed projects are currently under implementation, of which, 192 projects sanctioned prior to 1.4.2000 were with funding pattern of 50:50 basis between GoI and State. The remaining 638 projects have been sanctioned after 1.4.2000 with the funding pattern of 75:25 basis at the new cost norm of Rs.6000/- per Ha. The total outlay of these projects is Rs.22740.25 lakh for treatment of 4.23 lakh Ha.

ACA: Out of Additional Central Assistance (ACA) of Planning Commission under Revised Long Term Action Plan (RLTAP) for KBK districts (Koraput, Nabarangpur, Rayagada, Malkangiri, Bolangir, Sonepur, Kalahandi and Nuapada), 314 micro watershed projects have been taken up in KBK districts since 2002-03. The total outlay of 314 micro watershed projects is Rs.10057.00 lakhs with a treatable area of 1.67 lakh Ha. This programme aims at drought proofing and improving the moisture regime in 314 micro watersheds with a view to improving agricultural productivity.

CDP: Coffee Development Programme for small growers in Koraput and Rayagada districts was taken under the RLTAP for KBK districts since 2002-03. The programme aims at providing gainful employment and a sustainable livelihood to tribal farmers through Usufruct / Dafayati rights enabling them to grow and own a small plantation of higher remunerative crop. In the first phase 2000 Ha (1000 hectare in each district) were programmed. Now, additional plan for expansion of this programme to another 8000 Ha. 4000 hectares in each district has been approved by Government for implementation. The total outlay of this programme is Rs.6721.21/- lakhs.

NWDPRA: National Watershed Development Projects for Rainfed Areas (NWDPRA) is in operation in the State since 1990-91 with a broad objective of resource management for enhancing of agricultural productivity and production to bio-mass on sustainable basis and restoration of ecological plans in rainfed areas.

RVP: River Valley Project (RVP) is being implemented in the catchment of inter state River Valley Project namely Hirakud, Machkund-Sileru, Rengali-Mandira and Upper Kolab with a view to combat land degradation problems and to prevent silt inflow into the reservoir. It is now proposed to continue treatment to saturate 29 ongoing watersheds and start treatment of 7 nos. of new watersheds at an outlay of 497.84 lakh over an area of 9720 ha.

Mission Ashra rescues mentally challenged women from the streets and rehabilitates them: a Samaja story

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The Hindu also has an article on Mission Ashra. Ashra’s home page is here. It has many success stories.

Shamuka beach high end luxury tourism project in Puri with multiple 5 star hotels; other hotel projects

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Update: The Orissa government’s tourism web page has additional information on the Shamuka beach project.

Following is an excerpt on this from

Shamuka Beach in Orissa near Puri is being developed as a high-end luxury tourism destination by the Orissa Tourism Development Corporation. The department has acquired a 1000 acre property south of Puri, and is in the process of acquiring 2000 acres more. It is a natural island and is being developed by the name Shamuka Beach project. Divulging further details about the project, Asit K Tripathi, secretary, Orissa Tourism, says, "It is going to be one of India’s best integrated, dedicated and up market tourism project, with only 5-star hotels. We had advertised and the response has been overwhelming. We have got responses from leading players in the country as well as abroad. ITC-Welcomgroup, the DLF-Hilton combine, Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces, IHHR’s Ananda Spa, Casino Group of Hotels Earth (CGH Earth), The Oberoi Group, Apeejay Surrendra Group, Marriott International, and Carlson Hotels Asia Pacific have all shown interest. We can allot land to approximately 20 national and international hotel brands. We are coming out with a blue print to develop infrastructure. The third stage will be to establish a golf course and convention center. This will raise the value of Orissa as a leisure destination." "Although we have 934 hotels in Orissa and 2000 rooms, the majority cater to primarily low spending groups, and the rest target high spending tourists or corporates. With this initiative, within 1-2 years, we will have more quality rooms," says Devi Prasad Mishra, tourism minister, Orissa. Samukha Beach and Puri, as well as industrial growth centers like Paradeep, Talcher, Kalinganagar, as well as Jharsuguda and Angul have generated interest from the hospitality industry in recent times – especially budget hotels and business hotels. The no-frills brand of The Indian Hotels Company, Ginger Hotels opened their first hotel in Bhubaneshwar. Carlson Hotels Asia Pacific plans to open its Radisson Hotels & Resorts in Chilika, Puri and Bhubaneswar. Cabana Group, the master licensee of the world-renowned chain of hotels – Best Western International from California is setting-up an international standard culinary college cum 5-star property in Bhubaneswar, and is eyeing Puri to develop the brand.


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BSNL wi-fi broadband through EVDO cards at Rs 250/month: hard to believe

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I initially read about it in a New Indian Express report, whose excerpts we give below. I could not believe it. But then I googled the net and found some links which make the above mentioned New Indian Express report believable.

The public sector telecom major rolled out evolution data optimised (EVDO) card to provide wireless broadband Internet with speeds up to 2.4 Mbps along with the network interface card (NIC) with 144 Kbps speed. Built in the plug to surf form, the cards can be attached to the USB port or PCIMCI slot of the desktops or laptops to access Internet.

The cards would provide unlimited Internet access with fixed charges of Rs 250 a month and can be purchased outright or acquired on a monthly rental basis.

Based on CDMA-2000 technology platform, the EVDO card would be immediately available in Bhubaneswar and its outskirts like Khurda but the NIC card can be used anywhere. Three EVDO base transmission system (BTS) systems have been commissioned and 10 more are underway. Thirty more are to be added this financial year enabling expansion to other cities, Chief General Manager, Orissa, SM Talwar said.

… Speaking to media persons, Talwar said BSNL had gone on an overdrive to increase its presence in mobile and Internet, particularly broadband, sector in Orissa. … Broadband penetration, which has been a sore point for the company, is set to look up too. Launched in 2005, the broadband capacity in the State is a mere 15,500 and connections given are around 14,350. But, infrastructure is being spruced up on a war-footing with around 70,000 ports installed across the State. Broadband facilities would be made available in all telecom districts and sub-divisional headquarters, Talwar added.

Business Standard has some more details on this. Following is a short excerpt.

The customers can have unlimited internet access through NIC/EVDO cards at additional fixed monthly charges of Rs 250 only. The consumers have the option of direct purchase or monthly fixed charge basis.

While the monthly fixed charge for NIC card has been fixed at Rs 150 per month it is Rs 200 for EVDO card. The direct purchase of NIC card costs about Rs 4,500 and EVDO card costs about Rs 6,500.