The transfer to construct a transit home for Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officers in Odisha on land belonging to a authorities highschool in Bhubaneswar has made the college’s alumni and oldsters urge chief minister Naveen Patnaik to intervene, stated individuals conscious of the matter.
Odisha’s basic administration division has moved recordsdata for allotment of 1.5 acre land out of the two.458 acre plot belonging to Unit 6 Authorities Boys Excessive Faculty in Bhubaneswar for development of IAS officer transit home on the bottom that it was “unutilised”. The 1.5 acre of land recognized for IAS officers affiliation is situated in two totally different however contiguous plots allotted to the college a number of many years in the past as homestead land in income data.
Odisha Abhibhabak Mahasangh, a number one dad and mom’ physique and the alumni affiliation of Unit 6 Boys Excessive Faculty has written to CM Naveen Patnaik, alleging the allotment of the college land to a personal physique just like the IAS officers’ affiliation was not simply arbitrary, however smacked of high-handedness.
“… The varsity land is reserved for a playground. Such makes an attempt to transform faculty land for a transit home for a personal physique like [the] IAS Officers Affiliation is not only unlawful, however defeats the aim of the Mo faculty Abhiyan began by the federal government,” stated Basudev Bhatt of Odisha Abhibhavak Mahasangha.
Girija Shankar Das, an alumni of the college alleged the bid to remove faculty’s plot has been afoot since January this yr when Bhubaneswar Growth Authority (BDA) erected a wall on the land.
“We got to know that the Capital Hospital would have some facility there. So we filed a case towards the BDA within the courtroom… in January this yr and obtained a keep order. Nevertheless, we had been dismayed after studying that the land is being eyed for an IAS officer’s transit home,” stated Das.
Das stated in a latest assembly, the college’s alumni affiliation had collected over ₹25 lakh for setting up a volleyball courtroom, badminton courtroom and a basketball courtroom within the faculty playground beneath Mo Faculty Abhiyan, began by the state authorities.
Among the many faculty’s alumni are former IPS officer and the present chairman of Odisha Public Service Fee Satyajit Mohanty, principal of SCB Medical School Datteswar Hota, senior BJD chief Sanjay Dasburma and main realtor Tapan Mohanty.
“Whereas on the one hand the state authorities is pushing for enchancment of faculty infrastructure, on the opposite, it’s going forward with such a plan to allocate land out of a faculty. It is extremely unlucky that the state authorities is doing this to a college that can be included within the good faculty programme,” Das stated.
An IAS officer stated the transit home was completely pointless as the present Particular Circuit Home and the State Visitor Home had been ample to deal with any bureaucrat who was transferred to Bhubaneswar. “As a substitute of setting examples within the time of the pandemic, it’s despicable that we’re taking land from a faculty for constructing a transit home. The affiliation is a personal physique and might simply purchase personal land from its personal cash. Why ought to the state authorities allocate land to it that really belongs to a college,” the officer requested, refusing to be named.
GA division secretary Sanjeev Chopra didn’t reply to the allegations. When requested for a remark, secretary of Odisha IAS Officers Affiliation, Vishal Dev, stated: “The land isn’t but allotted. So, the place is the query of utilizing 1.5 acres of land?”