Public voting on panchayat division underway at Jaleswar

Balasore: Around 400 villagers of Jaleswar block in Baleswar district would give their opinion on the division of Rayaramachandrapur gram panchayat under Jaleswar block in the district through voting today.

A presiding officer, an assistant presiding officer, polling officer and a polling agent have been entrusted with the task to conduct the voting being held at the Jamalpur School. The voting that began at 9am would continue till 2pm. Besides, the district administration has deployed police forces at the site to ensure smooth conduct of the voting.

Notably, the High Court had directed the district administration to hold public voting after division of the gram panchayat triggered controversy over inclusion of two villages, Jamalpur and Chaughani, in the gram panchayats. As per the law, the Rayaramachandrapur gram panchayat has been divided into two gram panchayats; Kotsahi and Rayaramachandrapur.