Chhattisgarh Current Affairs - 2020

500-year old Temple submerged in Mahanadi found

The Archaeological Survey team has recently claimed that a 500 year old temple that submerged in the waters of Mahanadi resurfaced.

Highlights

The Mahanadi river that changed its course 150 years due to flooding had submerged the Padmabati village where the temple is located.

There are more than 22 villages in the region that are submerged in the waters of Mahanadi. However, Gopinath Deba Temple was visible as it is the tallest of all.

The temple is called “Mastaka”.

Mastaka

The Mastaka was visible 11 years back when the water levels were very low. The Mastaka was found while the Archaeological team of Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH) was documenting the monuments along the course of river Mahanadi.

The Mastaka is the upper part of the temple. Only the Mastaka of the temple was visible.

Mahanadi river

The river flows through the states of Odisha and Chhattisgarh. The famous Hirakud dam is located across the river. The Hirakud dam is the largest earthen dam in the world.

Facts Box: Spandan Campaign of Chhattisgarh

The Chhattisgarh Government recently launched Spandan Campaign. The campaign aimed to contain fratricide and suicide involving police personnel.

Highlights

Under the campaign, the superintendents of police associated with the Chhattisgarh Government will start a parade in their districts every Friday. After the event, the grievances of the personnel are to be addressed. Also, the campaign has made medical treatment and counselling of depressed officers mandatory.

The campaign will also make arrangements for yoga classes for the police personnel at all the district head quarters. Cooperation of local yoga teachers have been sought to conduct these classes.

Also, the police officers have been instructed to the redress grievances of police personnel in regular intervals. The superintendents have been instructed to visit police stations regularly and make arrangements for recreational activities.

Significance

Around 50 police personnel in the state including paramilitary forces committed suicide in the state of Chhattisgarh in the last two years. Of these 18 were reported from seven districts that are affected by Maoists.

Also, in December 2019, around 6 ITBP personnel were killed at an incident of fratricide (killing of one’s brother or sister).