Tata Steel commissions first phase of Kalinganagar plant in Odisha

Tata Steel has commissioned the first phase of its integrated steel plant at Kalinganagar steel plant in Jajpur district of Odisha.

It was inaugurated by Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik as part of his Government ambition of industrialising the state rapidly.

Key facts

  • Kalinga Nagar steel plant is the second biggest plant of the company and is the largest Greenfield steel project in the country.
  • The plant is spread across 2200 acre land and has been established at an investment of Rs 25,000 crore.
  • It has a production capacity of 6 million tonne per annum and generally would produce flat, lighter, high-tensile strength steel.
  • The plant also boasts of India’s largest blast furnace at 4,330 cubic meters. On completion it would provide employment for 45,000 people.
  • The plant also has most advanced carbon hearth technology in the country along with on-site power generation of 202 MW through waste gases discharged by coke oven and blast furnace.
  • Eariler in 2004, Tata Steel had inked a MoU with the Odisha government to set up this steel plant.


Odisha Government implements NFSA in 14 districts

Odisha Government has started implementation of National Food Security Act (NFSA), 2013 in 14 of the 30 districts of the state in first phase covering 26.33 lakh families.

In this regard State Food supplies and Consumer Welfare department has issued directives to the district administration to monitor the implementation of the NFSA and rectify irregularities.

Key facts

  • 14 districts in the first phase are: Angul, Bargarh, Boudh, Balangir, Deogarh, Gajapati, Jharsuguda, Kandhamal, Kalahandi, Koraput, Malkangiri, Nuapada, Sambalpur and Sonepur.
  • Under the NFSA, beneficiaries are entitled to get 5 kg of rice at Rs 3 or 5 kg of wheat at Rs 2 from Public Distribution System (PDS) Centres.
  • The second phase of the NFSA will be implemented in remaining 16 other districts of the State from 1st December 2015.
  • The scheme would benefit around 93.35 lakh people in the state.

About National Food Security Act (NFSA), 2013

NSFA aims at providing legal entitlement to 5 kg of subsidised food grains to the identified person per month. Grains like wheat, rice and coarse grain will be distributed at the price of 3 Rs. 3, Rs. 2 and Rs. 1.

Pregnant women and lactating mothers and children are entitled to get meals under the prescribed nutrition by MDM and ICDS. The age group would be 6 months to 14 years. NFSA 2013 will provide high nutrition food to the age group of 6 years. Pregnant women and lactating mothers will be entitled to get maternity benefit of not less than Rs. 6,000.


Odisha Government imposes 7- month ban on fishing to protect Olive Ridley sea turtles

Odisha Government has imposed seven-month ban till May, 2016 on fishing along the Puri coast in order to protect the endangered Olive Ridley sea turtles.

This ban comes prior to arrival of Olive Ridley turtles for nesting in winters along the east coast of Odhisha.

Under this ban

  • Trawlers and fishermen are banned to fish within 20 kms from coastline in the turtle nesting sites.
  • State Forest Department has set up turtle protection camps including 3 offshore camps in Gahirmatha marine sanctuary.
  • It also has set up on-shore camps at 13 places in addition to 4 temporary incubation centres for safety of eggs.

Every year endangered Olive Ridley turtles arrive during winters for mass nesting in Rushikulya river mouth and Gahirmatha marine sanctuary along Odisha coast.

The coast is considered as the only place apart from Costa Rica to witness mass nesting by Olive Ridleys. Every year, between 5 lakh to 10 lakh turtles come to the state for mass nesting.

About Olive Ridley Turtles

  • Scientific name: Lepidochelys olivacea.
  • They are also known as the Pacific ridley sea turtle.
  • Generally found in warm and tropical waters, primarily in the Pacific and Indian Oceans.
  • Protection Status: Listed as endangered species in IUCN Red Data Book because of their few remaining nesting sites in the world.
  • Protected under Schedule-I of Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972 of India.