Dharmendra Urges Naveen To Convene All-Social gathering Assembly Over Odisha-Andhra Border Points


Bhubaneswar: Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan has urged Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik to convene an all-party assembly to debate and discover a resolution to frame points with Andhra Pradesh, saying administrative outreach by the neighbouring state is reported in some Odisha villages.

In a letter to Naveen, the Union Schooling Minister sought his intervention in addressing the rising points within the border villages in south Odisha, particularly Kotia space in Pottangi block in Koraput district and Manikapatna in Gangabada gram panchayat of Gajapati district.

Dharmendra, who hails from Odisha, additionally drew the Chief Minister’s consideration to his earlier makes an attempt in 2020 and 2021 for arriving at a harmonious decision to frame points between Odisha and Andhra Pradesh.

Noting that administrative outreach by Andhra Pradesh authorities in these villages has been reported previously few days, he mentioned this illegitimate and unlucky outreach is not solely confined to Kotia however can also be steadily spreading to different villages in south Odisha.

“Reportedly, 21 such villages have been included within the newly carved Parvatipuram Manyam district, with modified nomenclature, with its headquarters simply 40 km away from numerous villages of Kotia,” Dharmendra mentioned.

He mentioned Andhra Pradesh is proactively implementing completely different schemes and developmental actions in these villages luring these residents to be its half.

“It requires the federal government of Odisha to be proactive on the bottom, thereby bringing the federal government and administration nearer to the residents of those border villages. Being far-off from the district headquarter, folks could discover the Andhra Pradesh administration extra accessible,” the Union Minister mentioned.

“The neighbouring state could use the identical to alienate these residents from Odisha, and thereby sever their age-old socio-cultural umbilical twine with their motherland. Andhra Pradesh is strategically making an attempt to sway these border villagers by providing ration playing cards, healthcare, training and different services,” he mentioned.

Holding this in thoughts, Odisha ought to take the native inhabitants and organisation into confidence and handle a number of developmental points by making certain folks staying in bordering villages will not be lured by Andhra Pradesh services and, expediting the swift implementation of developmental actions of the Odisha authorities, he mentioned within the letter copy of which was launched to media on Friday.

“I wish to spotlight the truth that such administrative face-offs and disputes is not going to solely create a disharmonious setting for the folks of those areas but in addition hinder the event of those villages. It can derail the continuing improvement course of which matches towards the sociopolitical targets of each States, and sow seeds for anti-establishment sentiments to take root on this area,” mentioned Pradhan.

“Regardless of my greatest try over time, these points have remained the identical as earlier. No matter get together strains, all political events agree unanimously on the event and safety of Odia pursuits in these border villages,” he mentioned.

Holding in thoughts the welfare of the residents of Odisha and Andhra Pradesh border villages within the districts of Koraput and Gajapati, he sought Naveen’s intervention for the harmonious and peaceable decision of the mentioned points.

“Subsequently, I request you to convene an all-party assembly over these points and assessment the progress made by the inter-state committee and briefing on developmental actions taken up in border villages,” the BJP chief added.



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