Odisha seeks report on mass quit of people’s representatives

Bhubaneswar: Odisha government today sought report from the Malkangiri district administration on en-masse resignation of 65 elected representatives who protested the state government's decision to abolish Kudumulugumma block in the district 
 
"We have sought report from the district collector.
 
The government will take a decision in this regard after getting the report," Chief Secretary B K Patnaik told reporters.
 
At least 65 peoples representatives including sarpanchs, samiti members, zilla parishad members and ward members of Porknmala, Somnathpur, Kudumulugumma and Nakamamudipanchayats on Tuesday tendered their resignations to block officer protesting abolition of Kudumulguma block.
 
The state cabinet last week had resolved to abolish Kudumulguma block and create Chitrakonda as a new block for smooth administration of the maoist-hit areas.
 
"The decision of carving out Chitrakonda block will not benefit us. Since distance between Chitrakonda and Kudumulugumma is more than 50 km, the people residing in interior parts will not get benefit if the block is shifted to Chitrakonda," the elected representatives said.