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Bhubaneswar: Mines-based industries are failing to make any significant dent on unemployment in Odisha, generating jobs for less than 40,000 while the number of registered unemployed youth has crossed one million.

Only 39,153 people of the state got jobs in 49 industries such as steel, energy and aluminium, Odisha Labor Minister Prafulla Mallick told the assembly.

There were as many as eight industries that had not crossed even the 100-mark in terms of jobs for the people of Odisha, he said.

The ranks of the unemployed, on the other hand, are swelling fast. Sources said more than 10 lakh people had registered themselves in different employment exchanges in the state.

According to the information given by Mallick in the assembly last week, Bhushan Power and Steel Ltd emerged as the biggest employer of people of the state, generating 4,588 jobs, including 2,772 at its Sambalpur plant alone, followed by National Aluminium Company (Nalco), which employed 4,400 people.

Sesa Sterlite employed 1,539 people from the state, followed by Jindal Steel and Power (1,526), Tata Steel (1,471), Aditya Aluminium’s Sambalpur plant (1,044) and JSL Ltd (1,013).

(Inputs from IANS)

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Cancer-Causing Chemical Found In Odisha Fish Sample

Odisha mostly depends on Andhra Pradesh to meet its demand for fish. Last year, the total fish production in Odisha was around 6.5 lakh tonne

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Cancer-causing chemical formalin was found in fish stocks available in the markets here, an official said on Friday.

Traces of cancer-causing formalin were found in Pomfret fish samples, collected from the Unit-IV fish market in Bhubaneswar, said Fisheries and Animal Resources Development Department Secretary Vishal Gagan.

A 12-member team from the department collected samples of around nine varieties of fish including marine, freshwater, and brackish water from the market and Chilika Fresh outlets — fish retailers — on Friday.

While formalin content was found in Pomfret fish samples, Gagan said the entire stock will be destroyed if more fish tested positive.

After the Assam government banned the import of fish from Andhra Pradesh, the Odisha government on Thursday issued directions to examine the quality of fish being imported from Andhra Pradesh to detect the presence of formalin.

Verification samples at different fish markets in urban and rural areas will be taken up in order to prevent the sale of adulterated fish.
Verification samples at different fish markets in urban and rural areas will be taken up in order to prevent the sale of adulterated fish.

Formalin, a cancer-inducing chemical, is used to keep dead fish fresh and enhance their storage life.

Gagan also informed that a committee under the District Collectors will be formed to ensure that no prohibitory substances are used to preserve the stock.

“As only one out of nine samples has tested positive, we are now concentrating on collecting information from various parts of the state and will take an appropriate decision regarding a ban on fish imports,” he said.

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Verification samples at different fish markets in urban and rural areas will be taken up in order to prevent the sale of adulterated fish.

Odisha mostly depends on Andhra Pradesh to meet its demand for fish. Last year, the total fish production in Odisha was around 6.5 lakh tonne. (IANS)

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