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Fani Aftermath: Relief & Restoration Works Across Odisha Gains Pace


16 May 2019

Debashish Maharana


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Bhubaneswar: In the aftermath of the extremely severe cyclone Fani, the State Government has expedited relief and restoration measures as heatwave-like conditions prevail across the State. The State Government in its update on Thursday, said that more than 90 percent areas of the all the affected districts have received the relief material in terms of dry food items, candles and salt.

Addressing a press conference here today, Information and Public Relations Department Secretary Sanjay Singh said that relief operation has taken fast pace in Cyclone affected districts.

“93% in Puri district, 96.2% in Khurda District, 95% in Jagatsinghpur District, 95.51% in Kendrapada Dist, 97% in Cuttack District have been given rice component of the relief has been distributed while rice component has been provided to the beneficiaries that covers 96.6% in Puri District, 99% in Jagatsinghpur District, 90.43% in Kendrapara District, 98% in Cuttack District, 69.9 in BMC and 85.4 in Khurdha district,” he said.

Till date 4,97,451 Nos of beneficiaries out of 753377 in Khurdha, Jagatsinghpur, BMC and Puri District have been given polythene or cash in lieu of polythene. 4002.27 Qtls. Of Chuda, 776.86 Qtls of Gur, 2,25,230 pkts of biscuits , 51,000 pkts of match boxes, 22,152 pieces of wax candles and 80 Qtls of salts were distributed in Puri, Jagatsinghpur and Kendrapada districts immediately after cyclone, he added.

As a measure of market intervention, six mobile vans of Odisha State Civil Supplies Corporation have been deployed in Puri for sale of potato @ 10/- & Onion @ 13/- per Kg. along with candles and match boxes, Singh stated. The details shared by the I&PR Department Secretary on the ongoing relief and restoration works are as follows:

Health Services

Department of Health have taken a number of precautionary measures with preparedness to provide health services in affected areas with special focus on blocks of Puri and Khordha District. 46 medical relief centres are working 24X7 in the affected areas while 20 doctors along with 200 health workers have been deployed in most affected GPs of Puri and Khordha Districts. Water sources with contaminated water have been identified and there is no report of breakout of epidemic.

Rural Water Supply

Rural pipe water supply system was severely affected in Puri, Khordha, Kendrapada, Jagatsinghpur, Cuttack, Bhadrak and Jajapur District. 1805 Nos of GPs were affected in Cyclone. As on date, 2294 nos. of Pipe water supply Systems have been restored out of 2364. The percentage of PWS restored in affected areas has been 99.74%. As on date in Bhadrak, Kendrapada, Jagatsinghpur, Cuttack , Jajpur and Khurda districts 100% restoration has been completed through Gen set and power supply. Except Kakatpur all blocks in Puri District have been restored with pipe water supply system till date. Utmost care has been taken to disinfect the pipe water supply system in affected GPs. To address public grievance in connection with the water supply toll free no- 1916 is operational from 6 AM to 6 PM every day.

TELECOMMUNICATION

All Master Switching centres are restored. Mobile tower coverage-has been 78% in Khurda, 52% in Puri, 88% in Cuttack Districts, 82% in Bhubaneswar City , 45% in Puri town and 85% in Cuttack town. 13 nos of Cell on wheels (CoWs) are functional with 18 B.T.S mounted on cows in Puri. 6 Nos of Airtel Cows were operational in Puri at Bada Danda, Swargadwara, Collectorate, Gundhicha temple, Chakratirtha Road, Sarbodaya Nagar. By today more 4 nos of COWS are operational in Dolamandap Sahi, Balighat, Pokharia and Baliapanda/Harichandi.

Total 10 nos of Airtel CoWS are functioning by today in Puri. 3 nos of Jio CoWS are operational. By yesterday two Jio cows were functional i.e at Collectorate and Medical square. By today one more Jio CoW is functional at Puri Railway station.

Vodafone: 5 Nos of CoWs are operation Shared mode in Cow infrastructure/tower with own BTS. These are at Puri temple, Bada danda, Collectorate, Balighat, Baliapanda/Harichandi. Intra Circle roaming facilities available in Puri District. In puri Dist. All block HQs are covered with BSNL mobile network . 11 out of 11 blocks have BSNL mobile coverage.10 out of 11 blocks have Airtel coverage. 8 out of 11 blocks are covered with Jio Net. 9 out of 11 blocks are covered with Vodafone network, In Khurda out of 99 fixed lined exchanges under BSNL, 95 are functional while in Puri 32 are functional out of 41 and in Cuttack all 77 exchanges are functional.

FINANCE

The information towards outward supply of goods and services for the month of April, 2019 was due to be filed in FORM GSTR-I by 11.05.2019. Similarly the return for the month of April,2019 is due to be filed in FORM GSTR-3B by 20.05.2019. Due to failure of power supply, Tele Communication and Internet services in 14 districts by severe cyclone storm FANI filing of GSTRI & GSTR-3B in due date was not possible by the tax payers of Odisha. Finance Deptt. Govt. of Odisha requested to the GST council to extend one month time upto 10 June and 20th June to file GSTR-I and GSTR-3 respectively. On recommendation of the GST council Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customes (CBI&C) Ministry of Finance and Govt. of India issued notification on 11.05.2019 and extended time to file FORM GSTR-I by 10 June 2019 and file FORM GSTR-3B by 20.06.2019 by the Tax payers affected districts.

Sri Debasish Panda, Secy, GOI, Department of FS, Ministry of Finance and Sri A.K.K. Meena , Principal Secy to Govt. of Odisha jointly reviewed the restoration of banking facilities in the aftermath of cyclone FANI. Sri Panda instructed the bankers to open their brick and mortar branches within 2-3 days and start ATM services within 4-5 days. Similarly all insurance companies have been advised for prompt settlement of claims with simplification of documents.

Bank branches operational in Puri, Khodha, Cuttack, Jagatsinghpur, Ganjam, Kendrapada have been 81.08%, 97.72%, 98.98%, 96.34%, 99.53% and 100 % respectively while ATMs functioning in Puri, Khordha, Cuttack, Jagatsinghpur, Ganjam and Kendrapada have been 30.18%, 66.47%, 72.13%,76.72% , 99.04% and 81.29% respectively.

M.S.M.E.

 A large nos. of MSMEs were affected by the extremely severe cyclone FANI.A special meeting of SLBC Sub-Committee on MSME and Skill Development was held on 15.05.2019 under the chairmanship of Shri L.N Gupta, ACS.Banks were asked to rescheduled/restructure the loans of the affected MSMEs. They were requested to relax the mandatory minimum period of 90 days of restructuring of loans and reduce the rate of interest to address cash flow issues and also to expeditiously decide 5,258 project applications pending under PMEGP.

Margin Money Assistance target fund available with KVIC-107 Crores. Under PMEGP second loan upto Rs.1 Crores may be sanctioned. Banks were advised to sanction fresh loans under MUDRA, PMEGP and Stand up Programmes. DICs/RICs to convene special District Level Coordination Committee meeting for quick clearance of pending applications.

Labour & ESI

Cyclone FANI has damaged electricity services as well as internet services, so EPF and ESI consumers have faced problems in submitting their dues and return. With a view to this Labour & ESI Department, Government of Odisha has written to Ministry of Labour & Employment, Government of India for extending last date of submitting dues and returns from 15th May to 20th June, 2019.

Ministry of Labour & Employment, Government of India has postponed the fine and extended the date for 45days instead of stipulated 15days i.e. from 15th May to 15th June, 2019.

POWER RESTORATION

In Cuttack Electrical Division CDD-1 out of 51 feeders all have been functional where 71,867 consumers are getting electricity. In CDD-II out 44 feeders 33 have been restored and 10 more no of feeders have been restored by today. Out of 69,031 consumers, 49847 have been given electricity. In CED, Out of total no 38 feeders 19 nos of feeders have been restored. Out of 95,599 consumers 68064 consumers have been restored electricity by today.

In BCDD-I all 44 Feeders have been functional. All consumers have been given electricity. In BCDD-II all 75 feeders including urban and rural have been restored. Out of 1,47,531 consumers, 1,20,003 are getting electricity. In BED all 42 feeders including urban and rural are operational. Out of 1,09,984 consumers including urban and rural, 98, 441 have been restored power supply.

In Kendrapada Electrical Divn-I, 57 out of 57 feeders have been operational . Out of 1,75139 consumers in this divisioin, all have been restored power supply by today. In KED-II(Marshaghai) Out of 21 no of feeders all have been operational , Out of total no of 81,608 all have been restored power supply.

In Jagatsinghpur Electrical Divn JED, Out of 43 feeders 33 feeders have been operational.Out of total no of 1,16,215 consumers 81,000 consumers have been restored power supply. Total coverage-70% achievement made. In PED(Paradeep),Out of 24 feeders all have been functional, Out of 1,01,228 no of consumers, 77,900 have been restored power supply. Total coverage-77%. In Puri, after illumination of Badadanda and Shrimandir, work is undergoing in full swing to provide electricity connection to the consumers. More than 500 gangs including workers , technicians and linemen are working day and night for restoration of power supply in Puri and Konark.

Fisheries and ARD

Nos. of animal died in FANI covers Large(Cow, Buffalo, Bullock)-2571 while small (Goat and Sheep)-2804. No of Poultry birds died in cyclone comes to 41,62,923. About 41,68,298 carcasses have been disposed successfully. A total number of 3,601 animal health camps have been organized in which 2,56,593 have been treated. 6,92,893 nos of animals have been vaccinated and 2000.50 MT of cattle feed have been supplied to affected districts.

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Sanjay Singh, Secretary, I&PR, Odisha