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Odishatv Bureau

Koraput: Amid the heightened tension between Odisha and Andhra Pradesh over a group of villages in Kotia in the district, local MP Saptagiri Sankar Ulaka on Wednesday said that people in the region are feeling deprived due to the failure of the Odisha government in delivering welfare schemes and providing employment.

“Kotia is getting out of the reach of the government due to a lack of communication with the people. Here people are still out of work and permanent income sources which the government should be taking care of is wanting,”Ulaka said following his interaction with villagers in the area.

Driving home his point, the local MP said while there has been no allocation of funds under the NREGA scheme since 2014-2015 by Odisha government, the Andhra government, on the other hand, has been providing wages under NREGA every Wednesday.

The Koraput MP interacted with residents in Tala Ganjeipadara, Madakar and Fatusineri villages situated in the lower escorts of the Andhra-Odisha border.

The complaints of the locals, the MP said, mainly revolved around their long pending problems and government apathy in solving those.

They reportedly told the Parliamentarian that the Andhra government was trying to cash in on the deprivation of the people in spreading it’s influence and area by availing various populous schemes and facilities.

Meanwhile, Ulaka urged the district administrations and the block administrations to appoint a volunteer in each village located in the border areas so that the people can reach out with their problems as and when they need.

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