Kotia measures: Odisha Plans To keep schools running, set up police station

Bhubaneswar: Amidst the ongoing dispute over Kotia village with neighbouring Andhra Pradesh, Odisha government on Thursday decided not to shift schools despite low enrolment rate or attendance. Besides, it was also agreed upon to set up a police station in Kotia which is a cluster of 21 villages.

After a high-level meeting, Odisha Assembly Speaker SN Patro informed that thorough discussions were held regarding border disputes with several States.

“At present, people are depending on Andhra Pradesh police station and we will request home department to set up a police station at the earliest,” said Patro.

Patro further informed that clear instructions have been issued to several departments not to shift or close down any school or government office in view of low attendance of students. Rather steps will be taken to upgrade such educational and cultural institutions of the State.

It is pertinent to mention here that both Odisha and Andhra Pradesh are at loggerheads as both the States are claiming ownership over Kotia. The residents of Kotia cluster, however, are availing benefits from both the States.

“There is huge descripancany in the welfare schemes right from oldage pension. When neighbouring States are providing assistance of Rs 1,000, the amount is very less in Odisha. Such things easily catch the fancy of local residents,” said Gadadhar Parida, former administrator.