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Koorachundu Village Panchayat – Profile

The information furnished below is the profile of Koorachundu Village Panchayat, as these details were collected from various sources as a requirement for the International Conference On Deepening Democracy 2015 (ICODD 2015), held in Thiruvananthapuram. Information was collected in a data collection format issued by KILA, Thrissur. And the data is correct up to 08/05/2015. Hereby publishing these details, for those who are in need.
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1. General Information

#

Particulars

Name/No/Qty

1

District

Kozhikode

2

Taluk

Koyilandy, Thamarassery

3

Village/Villages

Koorachundu, Chakkittapara, Kayanna (Koyilandy Taluk) and Kanthalad (Thamarassery Taluk).

4

Block

Balussery

5

Area (Sq. Km)

87.98 Sq. K. Ms.

6

Boundary

North

Chakkittapara and Thariyode Village panchayats

East

Kattippara and Pozhuthana Village Panchayats

South

Panangad, Kottur and Kayanna Village Panchayats

West

Kayanna and Chakkittapara Village Panchayats

7

No. of Wards

13

8

Assembly Constituency

Balussery

9

Parliament Constituency

Kozhikode

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2.Introduction

Koorachundu Village Panchayat lies in Kozhikode District and in Balussery Block of Kerala state. It includes the forest area coming under Pervannamuzhi Range, and also includes a part of Malabar Wildlife Sanctuary. The Village Panchayat includes the Kuttiyadi Hydroelectric Project (Kakkayam Dam and reservoir) of KSEB Ltd. A part of Peruvannamuzhi Reservoir of Kuttiyadi Irrigation Project under the Department of Irrigation also lies within this village panchayat.

The Koorachundu Village Panchayat was established bifurcating the Kayanna Village Panchayat on 2/9/1969 vide government order no: G.O(Ms).271-2/69 D.D. The Village Panchayat was included the parts of Kayanna, Kanthalad, Chakkittapara and Koorachundu revenue villages. There was 8 wards initially, and after several delimitations occurred due course of time, the number of wards are 13 now. The first president of the Village Panchayat was Mr. O T Thomas.

3. Demographic Particulars

#

Particulars

No

1

Total population

17331

2

Male

8600

3

Female

8731

4

Density of Population

221/Sq. K. M.

5

Sex Ratio

958

6

Literacy Rate

93.51

7

No. of Families

4332 (approx.)

4. Historical, Social and Economical Importance

Early Settlements:

There are evidences of early inhabitants like the relics of temples, idols, etc are seen in different parts of the village panchayat. But, at some point of time, the people abandoned the area because of unknown reason, and eventually covered with forest again. The second wave of inhabitants to this region was during the Malabar Migration, of Syrian Christians from Travancore to Malabar region which was then under British Rule. The Kizhakkedath Kovilakom of Kurumbranad Principality were the landlords of the region. Two employers from Travancore reached here, and purchased large tracts of land from the Kovilakom, and started to sell it off to the migrants and the migration started in large scale during the 1940s and continued well into the 1970s. This migration had a significant demographic and social impact as the Christian population of Malabar which is increased (especially in the eastern hill region) 15-fold from 1931 to 1971. Huge tracts of uncultivated forest and waste land were converted into farms and plantations during this period. Basic infrastructure were also began to be developed during this period.

The Rajan Case:

The Rajan case arised from the Kakkayam Police Camp (located at present at Koorachundu Village panchayat) which refers to the death of P. Rajan, a student of the erstwhile Regional Engineering College, Calicut, as a result of torture in Kakkayam police camp during the nationwide emergency (between 1975 and 1977) in India in the year of 1976, and the legal battle that followed, which brought out the facts of the incident to the public. During the nationwide Emergency Fundamental Rights of the citizen were suspended by the government, hence creating a period of police activism. In Kerala, the Naxal movement was at its peak during this period. Because of the Kayanna Police Station attack (later renamed as Koorachundu Police Station, in 1980) P. Rajan, was arrested by the Kerala Police on March 1, 1976, for alleged Naxal association. He was held in police custody and tortured as part of the interrogation. He died due to the torture of extreme kind, especially due to something called uruttal (a practice of “rolling” a heavy wooden log over the body of the victim). His body was then disposed of by the police, and was never recovered. Rajan’s father T. V. Eachara Warrier complained to the authorities about his missing son. The police finally confirmed that he died in custody upon a habeas corpus suit (the first such suit in the history of Kerala) filed by his father in the High Court of Kerala.

Eachara Warrier fought a long battle against the establishment to bring to light the facts behind the disappearance and through that expose atrocities committed by the state. Rajan’s body was not found and due to this many charges against the accused in this case had to be dropped. The accused included the then chief of the Crime Branch wing of Kerala Police, DIG Jayaram Padikkal, who was convicted but the conviction was overturned on appeal. K. Karunakaran was the Home Minister during the emergency. He resigned from the post of the Chief Minister of Kerala in 1978 due to adverse judgment in the case. Eachara Warrier wrote the book ‘Memories of a father’ narrating his fights.

Prominent personalities:

Abraham Kadukanmackal (Kochettan), a farmer of village panchayat, who developed a high-yielding nutmeg variety, ‘Kadukanmackal nutmeg’, which fetched him a place in the Limca Book of Records besides various honours and awards from the state and union governments since 1995. He developed a high-yielding variety of pepper, ‘Kadukanmackal pepper’, as well. ‘Kadukanmackal nutmeg’ is one among the crop varieties which the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations selected from Asia in 2010 under the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture.

Saji Kadukanmackal, brother of Abraham Kadukammackal also won state award for the best farmer living in the village panchayat as well.

Mayookha Johny is a prominent figure of village panchayat, born on 9th April 1988, who is an Indian track and field athlete specialises in long jump and triple jump. She holds the current Indian National record for triple jump with a mark of 14.11m. She is the first Indian woman to cross the 14m mark. Her father M. D. Johny was a bodybuilder and a former Mr. Bombay. Her current coach is Shyam Kumar.

Koorachundu Village Panchayat is also home to many other sports personalities including Silpa Chacko Ettiyil (winner of 3rd position in the Triple jump – Federation Cup) and her brother, Sobin Chacko Ettiyil who was the participant in the Hand Ball competition in the last National Games, etc. It also be noted that, the first rural stadium in India is located at Kallanode, lies in this village panchayat.

Paul Kallanode, the famous artist and cartoonist born and spend his childhood days here.

Major Institutions:

1. Village Panchayat and it’s Integral Institutions:

  1. O/o Koorachundu Village Panchayat,
  2. Krishi Bhavan – Koorachundu,
  3. Veterinary Dispensary – Koorachundu,
  4. Veterinary Sub Centre – Kariyathumpara,
  5. Primary Heath Centre – Kakkayam,
  6. Family Welfare Centre at Mandoppara,
  7. Family Welfare Centre at Keloth vayal,
  8. Family Welfare Centre at Kallanode,
  9. Family Welfare Centre at Kattullamala,
  10. Ayurveda dispensary – Koorachundu,
  11. Homeo Dispensary (NRHM) – Koorachundu,
  12. KHEP Govt. L P School – Kakkayam,
  13. ICDS Supervisor and 18 Anganwadi Centres,
  14. LSGD Section (Koorachundu/Kottur),
  15. Village Extension Officers for Koorachundu and Kallanode circles,
  16. Koorachundu Village Panchayat Kudumbasree Community Development Society,
  17. Koorachundu Village Panchayat Literacy Mission.

2. Integral Institutions of other LSGIs:

  1. Community Health Centre – Koorachundu, under Balussery Block Panchayat.

3. Other Major Institutions:

  1. Village Office – Koorachundu
  2. Sub Registrar Office – Koorachundu
  3. Police Station – Koorachundu
  4. Section Office, KSEB Ltd – Koorachundu
  5. Sub Post Offices – Koorachundu and Kakkayam
  6. Branch Post Office – Kallanode
  7. Telephone Exchanges (BSNL) – Koorachundu and Kakkayam
  8. Kuttiyadi Hydro Electric Project – Kakkayam
  9. Kallanode Service Cooperative Bank – Kallanode (H O) and Koorachundu Branch
  10. Kerala Gramin Bank – Koorachundu Branch
  11. Canara Bank – Athiyodi Branch
  12. Federal Bank – Koorachundu Branch
  13. Kerala State Financial Enterprises – Koorachundu Branch
  14. Ration Shops 9 Nos
  15. Maveli Stores of Supplyco
  16. Athiyodi Milk Producers Cooperative Society
  17. Nirmala Cooperative Press, Koorachundu
  18. Vanitha Cooperative Society, Kattulla mala
  19. Medicare hospital, Koorachundu

Places of interest:

The major bazaars in the village panchayat are Koorachundu, Kallanode, Kariyathumpara, Kakkayam, Keloth vayal and Erappamthode. There are many scenic places in village panchayat which have very good potential for eco-tourism and related activities. most notable among them are Kakkayam Dam site and reservoir, Kattulla mala, Nambikulam, and the banks of Peruvannamuzhi reservoir – Ottappalam.

Festivals:

Annual festival of Koorachundu St. Thomas church is the major festival in the village panchayat. Annual festivals of other churches and chapels at Kallanode, Kariyathumpara, Kakkayam, Onjil and Porali, and temple festivals of Podippur temple, Porali temple are also celebrated with wide participation of people as well.

5. Geographical features

Koorachundu Village Panchayat finds its place at the Northern Midland Zone. The highest peak in the village panchayat is Olathookki mala which lies 2648 ft. above sea level. Other notable hills are Sankaranpuzha mala, Kilikudukki mala, Kattulla mala, Nambikulam, Thanniyam kunnu, Idinja kunnu, Kannadippara, Poovatham kunnu, Kannadippara and Manichery mala. Kuttiyadi river starts from the forest land of this area, some tributaries to the Korappuzha river and to Chaliyar river begins here, and a few streams of Kabini river also starts from the forest lands near the eastern boundaries of the villlage panchayat. Number of major streams and tributaries are more than 40 most notable among them are Ambalakkunnu thodu, Mannanan thodu, Ayyappankunnu thodu, Poovathumchola- Koorachundu thodu, Keloth vayal thodu etc. Considering its geography, village panchayat can be categorised in to three regions viz: Table land, Slopes and Valleys.

Table land

0.62% of the Total area. Table lands are located at Poovatham kunnu, Kannadippara, Nambikulam and Sankaran puzha. Black top soil is seen here in approx. 1 foot thickness.

Slopes

65% of the Total area. Major tracts lies in slopes are Kakkayam, Meenmutty, Kariyathum para, Manichery, Thanniyam kunnu, Idinja kunnu, Kochu kannadippara, Nambikulam and Kattulla mala. The forest area mainly comes within this region. The rest is arable land with fertile soil. Huge landslides occurred in these areas during the years of 1967 and 198

Valleys

34.38% of the Total area. This region lies at Kallanode, Kariyathum para, Poovathum chola, Koorachundu, Vattachira, Pathiyil, Kaithakkolly, Onjil, Koyipparamba, Keloth vayal, Sankara vayal, Kalangali and Chalidam. Loam soil are seen at some places, Black soil in many parts and red soil at rest of the places are seen.

6. Occupation and Livelihood

The number of people with higher education is higher in the village panchayat. Many of them are outside the country involving in their professional careers abroad. Major occupation of the people living here is agriculture, farming and associated activities. Rubber, Coconut, Arecanut, Pepper etc. are the major crops. Nutmeg, ginger, turmeric, banana, taro, yam, vegetables etc. are also grown here. Many people are involved in poultry and cattle breeding. Being the predominant agricultural and farming activities, only nominal industrial units like saw mill, manufacturing of furniture, metal industrial, restaurants, etc. are seen here. Few petty merchants are also located in bazaars.

7. Facilities/services

#

Description

No/Qty

1

Colleges

0

2

Schools

8

3

Anganwadies

18

4

Hospitals/Dispensaries

5

5

Veterinary Dispensary

1

6

Banks

4

7

Post Office

3 (Areas of 5 post offices)

8

Roads (Total in KMs)

120.12

8. Village Panchayat Administration

8.1 Panchayat Committee

Sl. No. – Ward – Name of Ward – Member – Designation

  1. – 13 – Onjil – Agustine Karakkada – President
  2. – 6 – Thonikkadavu – Ancy Joseph Edasseriyil – Vice president and Chairperson, Finance Standing Committee
  3. – 9 – Poovathumchola – O.K. Ammad Odakkayyil – Chairman Development Standing Committee
  4. – 4 – Kakkayam – Saliamma James Arackal – Chairperson, Welfare Standing Committee
  5. – 12 – Koorachundu – Michael Pulikkal – Chairman, Health and Education Standing Committee
  6. – 1 – Sankaravayal – Wilson Mangalath Puthanpurayil – Member
  7. – 2 – Kalangali – Mini Babu Illikkal – Member
  8. – 3 – Ottappalam – Vincy Thondiyil – Member
  9. – 5 – Kariyathumpara – Jessy Jose Thannikkal – Member
  10. – 7 – Kallanode – Simily Biju Thannikkal – Member
  11. – 8 – Chalidam – Ramla Majeed Parayil – Member
  12. – 10 – Vattachira – Ebrahim Chathoth – Member
  13. – 11 – Kattullamala – Swamykutty Ambayathodi – Member

8.2 Panchayat Office – Officials and Staff

Permanent employees

#

Designation

Sanctioned posts

Name (in charge of section)

1

Secretary

1

K P Balan

2

Assistant Secretary

1

Jaisen Nedumpala

3

Junior Superintendent

1

Sajeevan E G

4

Accountant

1

Soman E T

5

Senior Clerks

3

Sibi P P (A1)

Ashareph K K (A2)

Sreekumar K (A3)

6

Clerk

4

Divya M S (B1)

Vacant (B2)

Sirajudheen A (B3)

Vacant (B5)

7

Clerk

(Re-deployed)

1

Sameer K P (B4)

8

Office Attendant

1

Rijeesh M K

9

Nursery Teacher

1

Vacant

10

Driver

1

Ummar

11

Full Time Sweeper

1

Muneer P T

12

Mahatma Gandhi NREGS Coordinator (Aided School Teacher on Protection, in working arrangement)

1

Abdul Salam

Total

17

Staff on contract basis

13

Mahatma Gandhi NREGS Overseers

2

Salaja A K

Sanila A T

14

Mahatma Gandhi NREGS Data Entry Operator

1

Seena Antony

15

Technical Assistant

1

Jithinkanth G

Total

4

Grand Total

21

8.3 Integral Institutions of Village Panchayat

#

Name of Institution

Designation of officials and staff

No. of Sanctioned Posts

1

Krishi Bhavan

Koorachundu

Agricultural Officer

1

Agricultural Assistants

2

Part-Time Sweeper

1

2

Veterinary dispensary

Koorachundu

Veterinary Surgeon

1

Livestock Inspector

1

Attendant

1

Part Time Sweeper

1

3

Veterinary Sub Centre

– Kariyathumpara

Livestock Inspector Gr:II

1

Part-time Sweeper (Temporary working arrangement via Kudumbasree SHG)

1

4

Primary Heath Centre

Kakkayam

Medical Officers

1

Health Supervisors

0

Lady Health Supervisors

0

Health Inspectors

1

Lady Health Inspectors

0

Junior Health Inspectors

1

Junior Public Health Nurse

1

Staff nurse

1

Pharmacists

1

Nursing assistants

1

Clerks

1

Office Attendant

1

Hospital Attendant

1

Part-Time Sweeper

1

ASHA workers

2

Palliative Nurse

1

5

Family Welfare Centre

– Mandoppara

Junior Public Health Nurse

1

6

Family Welfare Centre

Kallanode

Staff under the control of Koorachundu CHC of Balussery block panchayat

Staff being not transferred to Koorachundu village panchayat

7

Family Welfare Centre

Keloth vayal

Staff under the control of Koorachundu CHC of Balussery block panchayat

Staff being not transferred to Koorachundu village panchayat

8

Family Welfare Centre

Kattullamala

Staff under the control of Koorachundu CHC of Balussery block panchayat

Staff being not transferred to Koorachundu village panchayat

9

Govt. Ayurveda Dispensary

Koorachundu

Medical Officer

1

Pharmacist – Gr II

1

Nurses

0

Nursing Assistants

0

Attender

1

Cook

0

Sanitation worker

0

Part-Time Sweeper

1

10

Homeo dispensary (NRHM)

Koorachundu

Medical Officer

1

Pharmacists

0

Attender

1

11

KHEP Govt. L P School

Kakkayam

Head Masters

1

Assistant Teachers

0

P D Teacher

3

Office Attendants

0

Part-Time Contingent Menial

1

12

ICDS Supervisor and 18 Anganwadi Centres

ICDS Supervisor

1

Anganwadi workers

18

Anganwadi Helpers

18

13

LSGD Section

Koorachundu and Kottur

Assistant Engineer

1

Overseer Gr I

1

Overseer Gr II

1

Overseer Gr III

1

Clerk (On contract basis)

1

14

Village Extension Offices (Koorachundu and Kallanode circles)

Village Extension Officer Gr I

1

Village Extension Officer Gr II

1

15

Kudumbasree Community Development Society, Koorachundu

Accountant

1

16

Koorachundu Village Panchayat Literacy Mission

Prerak

1

Assistant Prerak

2

Total no. of posts

81

9. Finance

9.1 Funds received Before and After Decentralisation

#

Category of fund

Amount in Rs.

1996-97

Category of fund

Amount in Rs.

2003-04

2008-09

2014-15

1

Untied Fund

549695

Development fund (general)

52500

4774000

9008000

2

Basic tax grant

374772

Development fund (SCP)

1283000

1166000

2135000

3

Establishment grant

Development fund (TSP)

77000

70000

166000

4

Minor irrigation grant

Maintenance grant (road)

1065000

110000

5101477

5

Village road maintenance grant

Maintenance grant (Non-road)

710000

777000

2969000

6

Vehicle tax comprehensive grant

13th Finance Commission Grant

6351647

7

Special Grant

1244080

World bank assistance

2732000

8

Other grants and donations

28160

General purpose grant

1938000

1761000

4777352

9

Other receipts from government

MGNREGS fund

2620000

976114

630837

10

Funds received from departments

963210

520482

11

Fund – old age pension

56050

65680

1630405

12

Fund – Widow pension

114320

254237

4111214

13

Fund – Spinsters above 50 years pension

25978

21546

93237

14

Fund – Disabled pension

111242

271236

1615635

15

Fund – Agriculture laborers pension

524265

1005904

3283149

16

Marriage assistance

17500

5000

70000

17

Unemployment Allowances

104520

285000

249360

18

Child welfare

203298

19

MLA Fund

20

MP Fund

1069054

21

Draught/flood

681403

22

Other funds from Government

1406080

Total

2196707

9662585

12063199

48284148

9.2 Own Fund Receipts

#

Category

Amount in Rs

1995-96

2003-04

2014-15

1

Property tax

211906

461275

2077713

2

Profession tax

172475

742025

1126050

3

Other taxes

41022

4

PFA license fee

2413

5

D&O license fee

15475

351901

14150

6

Building permit fee

59030

7

Building fitness fee

8

Birth and death registration fee

237

588

230

9

Marriage registration fee

14700

10

Other fees

265416

148264

35765

11

Fines

15933

18262

21373

12

Cost of forms

13

Other own receipts

42632

178988

Total

724877

1764947

3527999

9.3 Total Receipts during 2014-15

#

Item

Amount in Rs.

1

Amount as per 9.1 above

48284148

2

Amount as per 9.2 above

3527999

Total

51812147

10. Plan outlay and Expenditure of last 5 years

#

Year

Outlay

Expenditure

1

2010-11

72006333

22270669

2

2011-12

65544907

18802605

3

2012-13

68626280

16093998

4

2013-14

76511078

22627489

5

2014-15

86189895

29143782

11. About the work being presented in the track: Local Governments & Right To Information.

Title: Mapping experiments in an Unsurveyed land – An #OpenGeoData Initiative for Rights to information at Koorachundu Village Panchayat.

Proposed to be presented by Jaisen Nedumpala (Assistant Secretary, Koorachundu Village Panchayat; Member of Executive Committee, Swathanthra Malayalam Computing; Member, Wikimedia India Chapter).

Every Citizen have a right to Information to have the basic details about their surroundings in an authentic fashion. Local governments are the custodians of asset registers which contain the details of basic infrastructure including road networks and other public facilities they maintain. Local governments are also the first respondents in case of any hazards, in practical sense.

Requirement by RTI Act – 2005 Sections 4(1), 4(2), 4(3), 4(4): Local governments are public authorities responsible for maintaining their records duly catalogued and indexed, and to provide as much information suo motu to the public through various means of communications, including internet. Essence of the definition of E-Governance by UNESCO is to encourage citizen participation in governance.

Central govt guidelines to formulate projects generally requires GIS to be applied for the sake of accuracy and precision. For Eg: Common Guidelines for Watershed Development Projects, 2008 requires to use the current trends & advances in IT & Remote Sensing and Technology inputs using GIS. Saansad Adarsh Gram Yojana Guidelines requires to map the assets using GIS. But village panchayats can’t formulate GIS projects vide Circular No: 71639/IB1/2012/LSGD dated 11/3/2013 – which enforces restrictions over the individual software development activities of the LSGIs of Kerala, and Circular No:1942/D.C.2/2013/LSGD dated 13/12/2013 which prohibits village panchayats from developing a custom GIS.

The state of affairs at Koorachundu Village Panchayat is that we have no cadastral map and no GIS. But it pops up several instances to draw maps. For eg: requirements by Kasturirangan report, requirements by ward delimitation etc. So, There is a need of baseline GeoData for Developmental Planning and Implementation, administration purposes, and in case of emergencies without hassle. It is easy to draw maps from the layers of GIS, when in need. If there is a public repository of OpenGeoData, people can access the data when they need, without any formal requests to the village panchayat, satisfying the responsibility imposed by RTI Act.

There is an ongoing work to build an #OpenGeoData repository with different layers which are necessary for the mapping needs of the village panchayat to suit all the future administration, developmental planning, and disaster response needs (to plan and carry out logistics to transport aid).

First phase of the work was a successful mapping experiment involving the OpenStreetMap volunteers. The area still remain unsurveyed. The experiment was done in order to draw a map detailing the wards and important public institutions as per the orders from State Election Commission for election purpose. Village Panchayats need accurate base maps to prepare plans for its watershed based development projects and for administrative purpose. Koorachundu Village Panchayat didn’t have an accurate map earlier. This work was done through a participatory and modern way of approach.

The Village Panchayat got a more accurate map through this experiment. And also created the related spatial layers in OpenStreetMap GeoData repository as a byproduct. The base document used was the ward delimitation document of 2010. The field survey was done using the GPS enabled Android smart phones. The Android apps such as GPS Logger, Keypad Mapper and OSM Tracker were used in field to record the GPS tracks and to collect point data. The field level survey was done only for four days with the help of ward level resource persons and OSM-GPS volunteers. JOSM (Java based OpenStreetMap editor) and iD (Web based OpenStreetMap editor) were used to upload and edit the tracks and point data to OpenStreetMap. The Microsoft Bing Imagery also was used for tracing the features in OpenStreetMap. After uploading and editing all the features, data was downloaded and processed using QGIS. Finishing works of the map was done using Inkscape vector editor. The accuracy of the resultant map is much higher than any maps that Village Panchayat ever had.

The second phase of this work is on progress, involving the surveyors from the Dept. of Survey & Land Records and the authorities at the revenue village offices of the area. The joint field verification efforts in the Village Panchayat with these authorities and village panchayat is finished, and under the verification of Taluk authorities. Village Panchayat will get an accurate Cadastral Map of the Village Panchayat, and hopefully the #OpenGeoData of cadastral details also as a byproduct.

More details about the work at:
http://blog.smc.org.in/mapping-efforts-in-an-unsurveyed-land-koorachundu/

12. Projects in nutshell

The main focus areas of Village panchayat are developing Basic Infrastructure, providing drinking water by implementing Drinking Water Supply Schemes, and provide housing to the homeless, and most of the projects are framed to satisfy these needs.

13. No. of projects and funds (Sector wise)

Sl. No.

Sectors

No. Of Projects

Fund Outlay

Expenditure

1

Production (General)

8

4669975

1849718

2

Service (General)

51

44989621

12833903

3

Infrastructure (general)

98

20087428

11287849

4

Service (SCP)

17

13546076

2782584

5

Infrastructure (SCP)

1

200000

195128

6

Service(TSP)

5

2696795

194600

Total

180

86189895

29143782

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