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Saswat Singhdeo

Koraput: By rolling out several schemes like pension for senior citizens and providing free food supplements to children, the Andhra Pradesh government is leaving no stone unturned to sway the residents of Kotia panchayat in Koraput district of Odisha.

The Andhra govt recently conducted a 'Janmabhoomi' program under which pension and food supplements were distributed to the locals in Kotia. Moreover, villagers were given food security cards by Andhra officials, who also launched Aadhaar enrolment process. Construction work of a check dam has been started in Sembi area and a tender has also been floated by the neighbouring state for the construction of a 15-km road connecting Kotia to Tadiwalsa in Andhra Pradesh.

“They are planning to spend Rs 48 crore on road construction work,” a Kotia resident, Ranjit Pangi said.

Locals have alleged that even though the Odisha government had announced development projects in the area, the schemes are yet to be implemented.

“We get eggs, milk and other food items from the Andhra government officials. Nothing has been done by Odisha government,” said a Ganjeipadar resident.

Even though the Odisha government has announced projects worth Rs 150 crore for the area, it is yet to be implemented. Moreover, state government officials have been directed to begin selection of beneficiaries from the region for the KALIA scheme.

Meanwhile, the Koraput district collector has said that he is unaware about any development work being carried out by the Andhra government.

“My officials are on the field but I have not received any such information of development work being carried out by the Andhra government,” Koraput collector K Sudarshan Chakraborty said.

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