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Soon, Gujarat can have an affiliation - Utkal Gujarat Federation -- for 9 lakh natives of Odisha who've made Gujarat their house. Dr S Okay Nanda, retired IAS officer, would be the chairperson of UGF to be headquartered in Ahmedabad. The decision was taken following a meeting at Jagannath temple in Adalaj through the members of district-level Odiya organisations on April 28.

The federation will serve the fundamental wishes of community members living across the state; the district associations who do not have good enough manpower may just additionally means the UGF with better problems faced through the community members.

Dr S Okay Nanda told Mirror, "There are scores of poor people from Odisha who have migrated to Gujarat for labour. We will see whether they are in possession of health card, are aware of health insurance schemes and have access to hygienic living conditions. We would also like to see the availability of trains for them."

"One of the primary concerns is to help their children avail of better education. I am keen on retaining the art and culture of Odisha. We want to set up a facility where kids and youngsters can be trained in dance, painting and literature. For this, can we arrange a teacher to mentor them at least once in a week," Nanda added.

There could also be a plan to inspire ladies entrepreneurship through serving to them form self-help teams and promote Odiya specialties besides involving them in mid-day meal schemes.

"If we need help to improve the livelihood of our community members, we may even approach the state government," Nanda said. H Okay Dash, retired IAS officer and the most important member of the community contends the meeting was to inspire socio-cultural activities through associations and construct a rapport between Orissa and Gujarat as they percentage a lot of similarities. Dash said, "The meeting was about introductory get-together. More and more social and cultural activities need to be encouraged."

Maheswar Sahu, retired IAS officer and vice-chairman of Jagannath Cultural Academy and Research Centre (JCARC) expressed his fear over problems like employment, health and training. He said, "There is a plan to expand skill development centre at JCARC to help people have access to better job opportunities."

The meeting was convened through Badri Narayan Mahapatra, basic secretary of Orissa Socio Cultural Association (OSCA), Ahmedabad. "UGF can handle issues better and in a focused manner. HK Dash and Maheswar Sahu will play the role of mentors. Their rich experience in administrative matters will prove to be helpful."

Asked in regards to the role of district associations, he responded, "They will independently handle local issues but approach UGF if there are major concerns they are unable to resolve." The district affiliation office-bearers would be the members of UGF.

Issues mentioned in the meeting

As other people of Odisha are devotees of Lord Jagannath, the associations additionally plan to construct Jagannath temples acroas the state.

Jagdish Sethi, General Secretary of Pravasi Odiya Samaj Trust, Surat, speaks of the way migrant labourers from Odisha face troubles in availing the advantages of Mukhyamantri Amrutum (MA) Yojana card. He says, "They require documents such as Aadhar card, ration card and income certificate of which they have only the Aadhar card. Documentation is a major concern. MA Yojana card helps Below Poverty Line (BPL) people to treat any injury, illness or undergo operation upto Rs 5 lakh for free. However, they are unable to reap its benefits."

The UGF will make community members acutely aware of the fact that Odisha government has a tie-up with make a selection personal hospitals to supply unfastened remedy to those with Biju Swasthya Kalyan Yojana card.

This card is given to those earning Rs 50,000 in line with 12 months in rural and Rs 60,000 in city areas.

Sanatan Samantray, Trustee of Jay Jagannath Education Trust, says the Odiya medium primary colleges beneath Surat Municipal Corporation need to get books from Odisha government. Meanwhile for Class (9-10), teachers need to translate Hindi books in Odiya to show the students. There aren't any books revealed in Odiya language. Surat has a inhabitants of round 7 lakh Odiyas.

Narottam Sahoo, General Secretary of Gandhinagar Odiya Samaj, states, "There is no direct flight from Ahmedabad to Bhubaneswar. One has to either travel to Delhi, Mumbai or Kolkata. We will ask the Federation to speak to Airport Authority of India, state government and government of Odisha. A federation will be beneficial as it will hand-hold people and help them with finding a job, a home to stay."

Dr Sukant Kumar Chhotaray, President of Utkalika Orissa Seva Trust in Vadodara, says, "We are struggling hard to find a piece of land for construction of Jagannath temple. We wish to have it in 2019. I believe the Federation will help with it."

Prakash Singh, President of Jay Jagannath Seva Trust, Gandhidham, says, "We want to have an Odiya school for poor kids. UGF can make effective representation to the state government for help."

We want to help their youngsters recuperate training. Iam occupied with keeping the art and tradition of Odisha. We want to set up a facility where other people will also be skilled in art forms.

SK Nanda, former Additional Chief Secy of Gujarat

There is no direct flight from Ahmedabad to Bhubaneswar. We will ask the federation to talk to AAI, Gujarat government and government of Odisha

Narottam Sahoo, Gen Secy, G’nagar Odiya Samaj



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