Resignation of panchayat members: Chief Secy seeks report

Bhubaneswar: Chief Secretary BK Patnaik on Wednesday sought report from the Malkangiri district Collector M Muthu Kumar regarding en masse resignation of 65 elected representatives who protested the decision of the state government to abolish Kudumulugumma block in Malkangiri district.

“We’ll decide the next course of action after studying the Collector’s report,” Chief Secretary BK Patnaik said.

On Tuesday, as many as 65 people’s representatives including sarpanchs, samiti members, zilla parishad members and ward members of Porknmala, Somnathpur, Kudumulugumma and Nakamamudi  panchayats tendered their resignations to block officer.

According to the villagers, the decision of carving out Chitrakonda block will not benefit them much. Since distance between Chitrakonda and Kudumulugumma is more than 50km, the people residing in interior parts will not get benefit if the block is shifted to Chitrakonda, they said.

The state government had recently decided to take certain measures for better governance of the region including abolition of Kudulugumma block by merging its 11 panchayats with Chitrakonda block’s four panchayats.