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By Sumit Mishra

Bhubaneswar, May 24: The efforts of activists fighting for implementation of the Orissa Official Language Act, 1954 in the state administration have finally paid off. Governor Dr S. C. Jamir has promulgated an ordinance, making the Act effective.

With this, the state government has paved the way for making Odia the official language of the state. It means that all works of the state administration will now be in Odia language.

According to sources, the government decided to take the ordinance route since the Assembly is not going to sit before August 15, 2016.

On May 21, chief minister Naveen Patnaik had announced that the Odisha Official Language Act will be effective.

Now that the ordinance has been promulgated, the Official Language Act has formally come into being, bringing cheers to millions of Odias.

It may be mentioned here that the movement for making Odia as the official language of the state had gathered momentum after the Union government accorded classical tag to Odia language on March 11, 2014.

The state government was facing it difficult to implement the Orissa Official Language Act, 1954 as the piece of law had not given any power to the state government to make rules to put it into practice.

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By Bibhudutta Ghadai

BHUBANESWAR, MAY 23: Bhubaneswar based rights body Civil Society Forum on Human Rights (CSFHR) has approached National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) over the depilated conditions of public health centres in Odisha.

CSFHR working group member Mr Akhand has filed 1475 petitions before the NHRC alleging that the state-run hospitals have failed to deliver basic service to the patients.

There are more than 1700 government-run primary healthcare centres, community health centres and area hospitals in the state. The public health centres were designed to play a key role in improving the health of the villagers. The petitioner alleged that the government apathy had crippled health services in these centres.

“There is acute shortage of the doctors and other staff members in government run healthcare centres. The hospitals are located in old buildings which have not been whitewashed or painted for years. Many healthcare centres lack proper boundary walls or gates.  Lack of stretchers, wheel-chairs, mosquito nets, water and drinking water facilities and adequate number of patient beds reflects the state of affairs in healthcare systems,” said Mr Akhand.

“Essential drugs are not available. Patients are deprived of free medicines. No dietary facilities are provided for indoor patients. No safe and disinfection drinking water is available in the hospital. Toilets are defunct. No one is there to take care of the cleaning of washrooms/toilets, alleged Akhand.

The petitioner has appealed the Commission to order the state government to provide basic healthcare services in these hospitals and ensure the regular monitoring of the activities of medical staff members.

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