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Jeypore: Amidst the border row between Odisha and Andhra Pradesh over Kotia villages which is currently sub-judice in the Supreme Court, the neighbouring State has organised a multi-diagnostic free health check-up camp at disputed regions of Kotia here in Koraput district. Health workers from Salur in Andhr Pradesh were seen moving from village to village […]

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Jeypore: Amidst the border row between Odisha and Andhra Pradesh over Kotia villages which is currently sub-judice in the Supreme Court, the neighbouring State has organised a multi-diagnostic free health check-up camp at disputed regions of Kotia here in Koraput district.

Health workers from Salur in Andhr Pradesh were seen moving from village to village in Kotia and conducted free health check-ups of local residents.

According to reports, ANM worker J Kabita and health worker Munna Rao from Salur (AP) have recently conducted health check up at Talaganjeipadar and other areas in Kotia.

Locals said that health services have been provided under the direct supervision of  Chief Medical Officer at Tonam Primary Health Centre in Salur.

“Health workers from Andhra Pradesh have conducted health check-up and given us medicine. Blood examinations have also been carried out by them. Odisha health workers also come to our area occasionally,” a resident of Talaganjeipadar in Kotia said.

Locals said that health workers from Andhra Pradesh used to visit the tribal hamlets occasionally, but now-a-days they come to the villages two to three times a month.

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Amid Kotia Row, Andhra Constructs Road Inside Odisha Territory! https://odishatv.in/odisha-news/amid-kotia-row-andhra-constructs-road-inside-odisha-territory-519496 Fri, 19 Feb 2021 09:44:04 +0000 https://odishatv.in/?p=519496

Gajapati: Amid the escalating border tension between Odisha and Andhra Pradesh over claiming of Kotia villages in Koraput district, the neighbouring State has stroked a fresh controversy by reportedly constructing a one-km-long pucca road near Chha’ Mail village under Kashinagar block of Gajapati district. Sources said, the road is being constructed to Althi village under […]

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Andhra Pradesh constructs road in Odisha

Gajapati: Amid the escalating border tension between Odisha and Andhra Pradesh over claiming of Kotia villages in Koraput district, the neighbouring State has stroked a fresh controversy by reportedly constructing a one-km-long pucca road near Chha’ Mail village under Kashinagar block of Gajapati district.

Sources said, the road is being constructed to Althi village under Kothuru mandal in Srikakulam district of the neighbouring State.

However, it is being alleged that over one kilometre of the road reportedly falls within the territory of Odisha.

On Thursday, Kashinagar Tehsildar, revenue and police officials rushed to the spot for inspection after receiving the reports of the construction of the new road within the State’s boundaries. They seized the construction materials after reviewing the spot.

The construction work meanwhile has been halted by the Gajapati district administration, said reports.

“The Andhra government was constructing a road which falls within the boundaries of Odisha. When asked, the concerned officials said that they unknowingly constructed the road in the territory of the State. Two vehicles were seized and penalised. We have installed boundary pillars on the spot and a display board will also be placed that will help in identification of the boundary of the two states,” informed Sub-Collector of Gajapati, Sangram Sekhar Panda.

Two years ago, the district administration had prohibited the use a road situated near Paralakhemundi town, which connected Althi village from Gajapati by installing pillars for the demarcation.

However, the neighbouring government was allegedly constructing another pucca road without the permission of the concerned administration or Odisha government. The officials of Gajapati district administration are yet to respond on the matter.

In a related development, the Supreme Court on today asked the Odisha government to respond within four weeks time on an affidavit filed by the Andhra Pradesh government claiming that the latter has been holding elections in villages at Kotia in Koraput district since a long time.

On February 18, the AP government had filed the affidavit claiming that it has been holding elections in the area since 1952.

The affidavit was in response to a direction by the Apex Court while hearing a contempt petition filed by the State government alleging that neighbouring AP had violated status quo by grabbing villages in the bordering areas in Kotia and taking unilateral decision in holding elections recently.

Kotia dispute is a long pending border issue between Andhra Pradhesh and Odisha. Both states have been claiming their sovereign rights over the area, which consists of 27 small tribal hamlets on the border.

(Edited by Suryakant Jena)

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Kotia Border Row: SC Gives Odisha 4 Weeks To Respond To AP Affidavit https://odishatv.in/odisha-news/kotia-border-row-sc-gives-odisha-4-weeks-to-respond-to-ap-affidavit-519461 Fri, 19 Feb 2021 08:00:12 +0000 https://odishatv.in/?p=519461

Bhubaneswar: The Supreme Court on Friday asked the Odisha government to respond within four weeks time on an affidavit filed by the Andhra Pradesh government claiming that the latter has been holding elections in villages at Kotia in Koraput district since long. On February 18 (Thursday) the Andhra Pradesh government had filed the affidavit claiming […]

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Kotia Border Row

Bhubaneswar: The Supreme Court on Friday asked the Odisha government to respond within four weeks time on an affidavit filed by the Andhra Pradesh government claiming that the latter has been holding elections in villages at Kotia in Koraput district since long.

On February 18 (Thursday) the Andhra Pradesh government had filed the affidavit claiming that it has been holding elections in the area since 1952.

The affidavit was in response to a direction by the Apex Court while hearing a contempt petition filed by the Odisha government alleging that the southern neighbour had violated status quo by grabbing villages in the bordering areas in Kotia and taking unilateral decision in holding elections recently.

Senior counsel Shibshankar Mishra who is representing the Odisha government in the Supreme Court said that the Court’s direction comes as a big respite for the State.

“We have enough documents to prove our sovereign rights over Kotia. Now we have got time to compile the documents and produce those before the court for consideration,” said Mishra.

He said Andhra is falsely claiming its right over the area. “They have submitted only four photographs in support of their claim. But we have all the documents in our favour since 1936. We have also albums full with photographs to substantiate our claim on the area,” he added.

Meanwhile, BJP leader Balabhadra Majhi said that the Parliament is the proper forum where the State government should raise the issue with documentary evidence.

“There is nothing to celebrate with the Supreme Court’s direction. Earlier the Court has stated that Parliament is the proper forum to resolve the dispute between both the states. The State government should have approached the Central government with concrete facts and documents in their support. The Centre has the power to issue the necessary orders,” stated Majhi.

Kotia dispute is a long pending border issue between Andhra Pradhesh and Odisha. Both states have been claiming their sovereign rights over the area, which consists of 27 small tribal hamlets on the border.

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Odisha-AP Border Dispute: Andhra Holding Elections In Kotia Since 1952, AP Tells SC https://odishatv.in/odisha-news/odisha-ap-border-dispute-andhra-holding-elections-in-kotia-since-1952-ap-tells-supreme-court-519110 Thu, 18 Feb 2021 06:39:05 +0000 https://odishatv.in/?p=519110

New Delhi/Bhubaneswar: The Andhra Pradesh government has submitted its response in the contempt plea filed by the Odisha government against the neighbouring state for alleged violation of status quo in the disputed Kotia region of Koraput district stating that it has taken over certain villages belonging to Odisha. After the Supreme Court served a notice […]

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Odisha-AP Border Dispute: Andhra Holding Elections In Kotia Since 1952 - AP Tells Supreme Court

New Delhi/Bhubaneswar: The Andhra Pradesh government has submitted its response in the contempt plea filed by the Odisha government against the neighbouring state for alleged violation of status quo in the disputed Kotia region of Koraput district stating that it has taken over certain villages belonging to Odisha.

After the Supreme Court served a notice to AP to file a response in this regard, the district Collector of Vizianagaram in AP, through the affidavit, stated that there is no question of contempt by Andhra Pradesh as no direction was passed by the Court. “There was no direction that was passed by the Court. There is, therefore, no question of committing a contempt,” it mentioned.

Andhra Pradesh has been consistently holding elections in the Ganjaybadra, Pattuchennuru and Paguluchennuru villages. The aforesaid villages presently fall under Araku Parliamentary Constituency and in Saluru Assembly Constituency in Andhra.

Elections have consistently been held to Lok Sabha and the State Assembly in these villages since 1952. So far as the local body elections are concerned, Andhra Pradesh has conducted local body elections in these three villages since the inception of Panchayat Raj Act, maintained AP government in the affidavit.

The respondent further submitted that even in 2006 and 2013, elections were held to the Panchayats. The affidavit mentioned the name of the villages along with the elected Sarpanchs and the number of voters during the 2006 and 2013 polls.

The Andhra Pradesh government stated it has been duly administrating its own territories and has not infringed upon Odisha’s territory, and in order to make its position clear, it has also shared documents to reflect that the areas fall within the jurisdiction of AP and not Odisha.

The Apex Court has fixed the next hearing in the matter on February 19 (tomorrow).

READ | Kotia Row: Odisha Directs Koraput Collector To Keep Documents Ready For SC Hearing

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With Inducements to Students Andhra Runs School Under Shed In Odisha Village https://odishatv.in/odisha-news/with-inducements-to-students-andhra-runs-school-under-shed-in-odisha-village-518884 Wed, 17 Feb 2021 07:47:20 +0000 https://odishatv.in/?p=518884

Jeypore: Amid the on-going tussle between Odisha and Andhra Pradesh over the borer disputes at Kotia group of villages in Koraput district, reports of the neighbouring state operating school in Odisha’s territory has surfaced. The development has nevertheless rubbed further salt into the already open wounds of Odisha which is fighting a legal battle to […]

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Jeypore: Amid the on-going tussle between Odisha and Andhra Pradesh over the borer disputes at Kotia group of villages in Koraput district, reports of the neighbouring state operating school in Odisha’s territory has surfaced.

The development has nevertheless rubbed further salt into the already open wounds of Odisha which is fighting a legal battle to resolve the long standing border controversy with its’ southern neighbour.

According to reports, Andhra Pradesh government is running a school with 17 Odia students under a makeshift shed at Patusuneri village in Koraput district. The neighbouring state has also appointed a teacher to look after five classes, from standard I to V.

Four children from Patusuneri village have enrolled in class-I while eight others from the village are studying in class-II. Similarly, class-III and class-IV have one and four students, respectively.

There are no students enrolled so far for class-V.

All the 17 students are availing benefits under various schemes of the Andhra government, said reports.

Sources said the students receive Rs 15,000 as annual stipend from the Government of Andhra Pradesh under the Amma Vodi Yojana, a scheme that is meant for educating children belonging to the economically weaker sections. The students also get books, study materials, dress and mid-day meal free of cost, their parents said.

All the children are imparted education in Telugu language, sources said.

Even though the school is functioning in the village right within Koraput district, the district administration seems to be unaware of the development, said reports.

Three days ago, a report of children from Odisha crossing over the State border to attend classes in schools in Andhra had grabbed headlines. The Telugu-speaking kids from border villages at Patrapur in Ganjam district have reportedly been attending classes in schools situated in the neighbouring state for last few months.

In a related development, the neighbouring State which successfully conducted panchayat polls on Friday, had received votes from 70 Odisha citizens who are the permanent residents of Galigabadar under Patangi block in Koraput district.

The matter came to light after the local tehsildar visited the village to conduct an inquiry. During his filed inspection, the local sarpanch, Sunil Khara reportedly confirmed that 70 villagers had in fact crossed the border to participate in the panchayat polls at Sariki panchayat in Andhra Pradesh.

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Kotia Row: Govt Directs Koraput Collector To Keep Documents Ready For SC Hearing https://odishatv.in/odisha-news/kotia-row-govt-directs-koraput-collector-to-keep-documents-ready-for-sc-hearing-518473 Tue, 16 Feb 2021 04:54:14 +0000 https://odishatv.in/?p=518473

Bhubaneswar: Odisha government has directed the Koraput district administration to arrange all necessary documents related to border dispute issue pertaining to the villages of Kotia in Koraput district ahead of the Supreme Court hearing on the State’s petition seeking contempt of court proceedings against Andhra Pradesh. The case has been listed for hearing in the […]

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Odisha-AP Border Dispute: Andhra Holding Elections In Kotia Since 1952 - AP Tells Supreme Court

Bhubaneswar: Odisha government has directed the Koraput district administration to arrange all necessary documents related to border dispute issue pertaining to the villages of Kotia in Koraput district ahead of the Supreme Court hearing on the State’s petition seeking contempt of court proceedings against Andhra Pradesh. The case has been listed for hearing in the apex court on February 19.

In a letter to the Koraput Collector, additional secretary of Revenue Department asked him to arrange all relevant documents related to three villages of Kotia Gram Panchayat where the neighbouring State recently conducted panchayat polls violating apex court order.

The Collector has been asked to arrange documents “pertaining to Ganjaipadar (Ganjaibadra), Phatusineri (Pattuchennuru) and Phagunasinery (Paguluchinnuru) under Kotiya gram panchayat to prove beyond sustainable doubt that the State of Odisha has been continuously holding elections (Parliament Constituency, Assembly Constituency and Panchayat Elections) in these villages prior to 02.12.1968.”

Other relevant documents over the welfare activities undertaken by the Odisha government in the areas should also be arranged as per the requirement of the Advocate- on-Record (AoR) to defend the state in the court, the letter stated.

The Government has further directed the Collector to discuss the issue with the AOR through video conference on February 17.

Principal Secretary of Revenue Department, Secretary of Law Department, Koraput Additional District Magistrate (ADM) and other officials will remain present in the meeting, the letter stated.

The government of Odisha has recently filed a contempt petition in the Supreme Court over Andhra holding panchayat elections in the region within the jurisdiction of Odisha, violating an earlier order of the top court.

The Contempt petition filed through AOR Sibo Sankar Mishra alleged that Andhra Pradesh had included three above mentioned villages of Kotia in its Vizianagaram district with new names.

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Fourteen Killed, 4 Injured As Mini Bus Hits Lorry In Andhra Pradesh’s Kurnool https://odishatv.in/nation/fourteen-killed-4-injured-as-mini-bus-hits-lorry-in-andhra-pradeshs-kurnool-517960 Sun, 14 Feb 2021 04:28:40 +0000 https://odishatv.in/?p=517960

Kurnool: Fourteen people, including eight women and a child, were killed and four others injured when a mini bus collided with a lorry in Kurnool district of Andhra Pradesh early on Sunday, police said. The incident took place at around 4 am when a group of people hailing from Chittoor district of the state were […]

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Kurnool: Fourteen people, including eight women and a child, were killed and four others injured when a mini bus collided with a lorry in Kurnool district of Andhra Pradesh early on Sunday, police said.

The incident took place at around 4 am when a group of people hailing from Chittoor district of the state were travelling in the mini bus towards Hyderabad, a senior police official told PTI.

They were all on their way to Ajmer in Rajasthan, he added.

Preliminary investigation suggests that the driver of the bus apparently lost control and the vehicle first crashed against the road median and then rolled to the other side of the road hitting a lorry, the official said.

The injured have been hospitalised and the condition of two is stated to be serious, police said.

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Odisha Govt Mute As Andhra Holds Panchayat Polls In Border Villages: BJP https://odishatv.in/odisha-news/odisha-govt-mute-as-andhra-holds-panchayat-polls-in-border-villages-bjp-517863 Sat, 13 Feb 2021 12:13:46 +0000 https://odishatv.in/?p=517863

Bhubaneswar: Lashing out at the Odisha government for taking lackadaisical approach over the Panchayat election being conducted by Andhra Pradesh in Kotia region of Koraput district, the State BJP on Saturday questioned State Government’s intent on safeguarding the border. Addressing reporters at a presser, BJP state president Samir Mohanty, who led a party delegation and […]

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Bhubaneswar: Lashing out at the Odisha government for taking lackadaisical approach over the Panchayat election being conducted by Andhra Pradesh in Kotia region of Koraput district, the State BJP on Saturday questioned State Government’s intent on safeguarding the border.

Addressing reporters at a presser, BJP state president Samir Mohanty, who led a party delegation and reviewed the situation, said that border villages not only in Kotia bust also in  many other districts like Ganjam, Rayagada, Malkangiri and Gajapati are completely unsafe.

“Why the State government moved the Supreme Court only on Kotia issue? Why did it file the petition so late? Why the government had kept the State in dark? Is it a failure of State’s intelligence system?” Mohanty asked.

People residing in border areas are have developed weakness towards Andhra Pradesh despite having an emotional bond with Odisha. It is only because of Odisha Government’s lack of will for their development, Mohanty alleged.

“Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik says that the entire Odisha is his family. He also launched ‘Odisha Mo Paribar’ initiative. Are not they (people of border area) members of his family or Odisha Mo Paribar’? Mohanty asked.

Odisha has moved the apex court against Andhra Pradesh’s decision to hold panchayat elections in Kotia villages. But, it is a matter of concern that the neighbouring State is holding election not only in Kotia but also many other border regions today.

“We had taken the matter to the notice of respective district administrations, but the officials concerned had ignored our pleas saying that no elections are being conducted by Andhra in border areas. But, today our apprehensions have come out to be true and Andhra is holding polls in these villages,” Mohanty said.

“During our four-day tour to the border regions, we requested the people to refrain from participating in the elections. Many have agreed to do so,” Mohanty said demanding an all party meeting to resolve the border issues.

He also announced that his party will soon constitute a ‘Seema Surakhya Cell’ which would work for the development of the people in border regions and safeguarding the limits.

 

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Andhra Holds Panchayat Elections In Disputed Kotia Region Despite Odisha’s Request Not To Conduct Polls https://odishatv.in/odisha-news/andhra-holds-panchayat-elections-in-disputed-kotia-region-despite-odishas-request-not-to-conduct-polls-517704 Sat, 13 Feb 2021 03:50:57 +0000 https://odishatv.in/?p=517704

Koraput: Despite a letter from Koraput district Collector to his Vizianagaram (Andhra Pradesh) counterpart on not to conduct the Gram Panchayat election in Kotia, the neighbouring state went ahead with its plan. According to reports, elections are currently underway today in the disputed area of Kotia. Andhra Pradesh is conducting the panchayat election in five […]

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Kotia Election

Koraput: Despite a letter from Koraput district Collector to his Vizianagaram (Andhra Pradesh) counterpart on not to conduct the Gram Panchayat election in Kotia, the neighbouring state went ahead with its plan.

According to reports, elections are currently underway today in the disputed area of Kotia. Andhra Pradesh is conducting the panchayat election in five villages of Koraput and those include Madkar, Daliamba, Barnapadu, Patusineri and Konadara.

The Andhra Pradesh government has not only made efforts to cement its control over Kotia Gram Panchayat in Koraput district but also some other bordering villages in Malkangiri, Ganjam and Gajapati districts.

The neighbouring state is allegedly conducting elections at Jumadanga Gram Panchayat (GP) under Dhuliputa block in Malkangiri district, Kuladi GP under Patrapur block in Ganjam district and Gangabada GP under Raigada block in Gajapati district today.

Earlier on Friday, Koraput district Collector Abdaal Akhtar had written a letter to his Vizianagaram (Andhra Pradesh) Collector M Hari Jawaharlal requesting the latter not to conduct the Gram Panchayat elections in Kotia as the matter is currently sub-judice in the Supreme Court.

Akhtar had requested Jawaharlal to desist from going ahead with any plan to allegedly conduct the election.

“I am to bring to your attention that in Contempt Petition No. 172/2021 arising out of Original Suit No. 10/1968, the Honourable Supreme Court of India has been pleased to issue notice to the State of Andhra Pradesh and post the case to Friday, 19th February, 2021. In its oral observations, the Court has also observed that should the State of Andhra Pradesh go ahead with its plan as regards the subject mentioned above, necessary consequences will follow,” Akhtar wrote in the letter.

“I am to therefore request you that considering the sub-judice nature of the matter and the Honourable Supreme Court of India’s oral observations, you may kindly resist from going ahead with any plan to allegedly conduct elections inside Kotia Gram Panchayat of Pottangi block in the district of Koraput, Odisha,” the official further wrote in the letter.

Earlier the Odisha Government had moved the Supreme Court seeking contempt of court proceedings against Andhra Pradesh, mentioning in its petition that the apex court had earlier ordered to maintain status quo in the disputed area of Kotia.

According to sources, the people of these areas have dual voter ID and ration cards of both Andhra Pradesh and Odisha.

(Edited by Rashmi Ranjan Mohanty)

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Odisha Students Turning Towards Andhra Schools Amid Kotia Border Dispute! https://odishatv.in/odisha-news/odisha-students-turning-towards-andhra-schools-amid-kotia-border-dispute-517534 Fri, 12 Feb 2021 09:43:58 +0000 https://odishatv.in/?p=517534

Ganjam: Amid escalating border tension between Odisha and Andhra Pradesh, shocking reports have unraveled how numerous students in many villages under Patrapur block of Ganjam district, situated on the borders with Andhra Pradesh have started to get admission in the neighbouring State’s schools. Ganjam district education officer Amulya Kumar Pradhan called upon all the headmasters […]

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Odisha Students Turning Towards Andhra Schools Amid Kotia Border Dispute

Ganjam: Amid escalating border tension between Odisha and Andhra Pradesh, shocking reports have unraveled how numerous students in many villages under Patrapur block of Ganjam district, situated on the borders with Andhra Pradesh have started to get admission in the neighbouring State’s schools.

Ganjam district education officer Amulya Kumar Pradhan called upon all the headmasters of the schools located on the Andhra-Odisha border in the district on Thursday and discussed the possible reasons behind the students transferring to the schools of the neighbouring state.

As per reports, many students from various schools in Patrapur block are studying at Zilla Parishad High School at Kota Sasanam village under Kanchili mandal in Srikakulam district of Andhra Pradesh.

The DEO while speaking to OTV also admitted that some students have shifted to Andhra schools. “Out of the 920 students from 20 schools in Patrapur area, around 49 students have enrolled themselves in nearby Andhra schools. However, they are yet to take their transfer certificate from the native schools,” informed Pradhan.

The DEO further added that as all the classes are yet to open completely after the Covid-19 induced lockdown, ascertaining the exact number of students getting admitted to Andhra schools will be difficult.

However, the concerned authorities have assured that if students from the State are found visiting the neighbouring State’s schools, steps will be taken to get them transferred back to their previous schools.

“As the physical classes are yet to resume in the State completely, students have started to turn to some other schools that come under the jurisdiction of Andhra. However, the sarpanches and officials of the block have assured that steps will be taken to bring those students to the state schools,” said the DEO.

“The schools in Odisha are yet to open after the Covid-19 lockdown and as Andhra schools have opened, I am coming to read here. Besides, we are being provided with textbooks, bag, shoes, etc in the school,” said a student of Samantiapalli village.

Speaking to OTV, DEO Amulya Kumar Pradhan said all school headmasters have been ordered to submit a report regarding the number of students that have shifted to Andhra schools from their respective schools.

“There are 22 schools in Patrapur which include 18 bi-lingual and 4 Telugu schools. We will hold an enquiry to find out the reason behind the students shifting to neighbouring State school after which a report will be submitted to the State government and district administration,” added Pradhan.

(Edited by Suryakant Jena)

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Kotia Row: SC Asks Andhra To Respond On Odisha’s Plea Seeking Contempt Of Court Action https://odishatv.in/odisha-news/kotia-row-sc-asks-andhra-to-respond-on-odishas-plea-seeking-contempt-of-court-action-517448 Fri, 12 Feb 2021 07:39:56 +0000 https://odishatv.in/?p=517448

New Delhi/Bhubaneswar: The Supreme Court has served a notice to the Andhra Pradesh government to file its response on a writ petition filed by the Odisha Government seeking initiation of contempt of court proceedings against the neighbouring state for violation of status quo in the disputed Kotia region of Koraput district. The apex court has […]

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New Delhi/Bhubaneswar: The Supreme Court has served a notice to the Andhra Pradesh government to file its response on a writ petition filed by the Odisha Government seeking initiation of contempt of court proceedings against the neighbouring state for violation of status quo in the disputed Kotia region of Koraput district.

The apex court has fixed the next hearing in the matter on February 19 i.e. next Friday, said reports.

The Odisha Government had on Wednesday filed the petition in the Supreme Court after the State Election Commission of Andhra Pradesh announced to hold panchayat polls in the disputed Kotia cluster of villages that comes under the jurisdiction of Odisha’s Koraput district.

Odisha government in its petition had mentioned that the Supreme Court in 1968 had ordered the maintenance of status quo in the disputed area. In its final hearing in 2006, the apex court had also upheld its earlier judgment while disposing of the suit.

The plea further stated that the move to hold elections in Kotia villages will amount to contempt of court as it violates the status quo undertaking given to the Court.

The State Government had also prayed before the apex court for speedy hearing in connection with the issue as the neighbouring State had scheduled to hold the rural polls in the three villages of Kotia between February 13 and 17.

Kotia gram panchayat which consists of 27 small tribal hamlets has been a bone of contention between Andhra Pradesh and Odisha since a long time and both the States have been claiming sovereign rights over the area.

(Edited By Suryakant Jena)

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Kotia Row: Supreme Court To Hear Petition Filed By Odisha On Feb 12 https://odishatv.in/odisha-news/kotia-row-supreme-court-to-hear-petition-filed-by-odisha-on-feb-12-517123 Thu, 11 Feb 2021 08:21:06 +0000 https://odishatv.in/?p=517123

Bhubaneswar/New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Thursday accepted the petition filed by Odisha government seeking contempt of court proceedings against Andhra Pradesh government over the Kotia border dispute. The apex court has decided to hold the hearing of the case on February 12. The State government had on Wednesday filed a write petition in the […]

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Odisha-AP Border Dispute: Andhra Holding Elections In Kotia Since 1952 - AP Tells Supreme Court

Bhubaneswar/New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Thursday accepted the petition filed by Odisha government seeking contempt of court proceedings against Andhra Pradesh government over the Kotia border dispute. The apex court has decided to hold the hearing of the case on February 12.

The State government had on Wednesday filed a write petition in the Supreme Court couple of days after the State Election Commission, Andhra Pradesh announced to hold panchayat polls in the disputed Kotia cluster of villages that comes under the jurisdiction of Odisha’s Koraput district.

In the petition, the State government had mentioned that the Supreme Court in 1968 had ordered the maintenance of status quo in the disputed area. In its final hearing in 2006, the apex court had also upheld its earlier judgement.

The government had also prayed before the apex court for speedy hearing in connection with the issue as the neighbouring State had scheduled to hold the rural polls in the three villages of Kotia between February 13 and 17.

It is worth mentioning that Kotia gram panchayat which consists of 27 small tribal hamlets has been a bone of contention between Andhra Pradhesh and Odisha since a long time and both the States have been claiming sovereign rights over the area.

(Edited by Rashmi Ranjan Mohanty)

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Malkangiri Villagers To Cast Vote In Andhra Pradesh Panchayat Polls! https://odishatv.in/odisha-news/malkangiri-villagers-to-cast-vote-in-andhra-pradesh-panchayat-polls-517019 Thu, 11 Feb 2021 04:02:33 +0000 https://odishatv.in/?p=517019

Malkangiri: The announcement by neighbouring Andhra Pradesh government on conduct of panchayat elections in the disputed Kotia cluster of villages in Odisha’s Koraput district and in some areas of Gajapati and Rayagada districts has flared up the border tension between the two States. At a time when the State government has knocked the doors of […]

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Malkangiri Villagers To Cast Vote In Andhra Pradesh Panchayat Polls

Malkangiri: The announcement by neighbouring Andhra Pradesh government on conduct of panchayat elections in the disputed Kotia cluster of villages in Odisha’s Koraput district and in some areas of Gajapati and Rayagada districts has flared up the border tension between the two States.

At a time when the State government has knocked the doors of Supreme Court seeking contempt of court proceedings against AP over the long-pending Kotia border dispute, the villagers of Jumadama- locally called as Jamadangi in Swabhiman Anchal, under Chitrakonda block of Malkangiri district have voluntarily decided to cast their votes in Andhra’s panchayat elections to be held on February 13.

Even though Jamadangi is located within the limits of Odisha, the local administration is paying no heed to our demands while the neighbouring state has been providing us with all the basic amenities including electricity and water supply, ration cards, pension, healthcare, road connectivity etc, said the villagers of the Swabhiman Anchal.

“The local officials have failed to reach us, the Andhra government has been supplying drinking water, electricity, 30 kg rice and Rs 2,000 pension per month. Andhra government has also extended other facilities by posting a teacher at the village school and an ASHA worker for the anganwadi centre,” said a villager of Jamadangi, Domakilo Ichi.

The ‘ignored’ villagers said that they have been receiving all benefits under different welfare schemes from the neighbouring state, so they have decided to take part in the electoral process of Andhra Pradesh. The AP government has also provided Voter IDs and Aadhar cards to the villagers so that they could cast their votes in the rural elections.

The response of the local administration could not be availed.

Jamadangi was earlier a part of Raleguda panchayat and later brought under Dhuliput panchayat after delimitation. Though Odisha government claimed to have taken a decision for the development for the village, allegedly no steps have been taken by the block officials to solve the problems of the villagers.

(Edited by Devbrat Patnaik)

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Odisha To Move SC Against Andhra’s Panchayat Poll Announcement In Kotia Villages https://odishatv.in/odisha-news/odisha-to-move-sc-against-andhras-panchayat-poll-announcement-in-kotia-villages-516616 Tue, 09 Feb 2021 10:42:07 +0000 https://odishatv.in/?p=516616

Bhubaneswar: The Odisha government has braced up to move the Supreme Court with a writ petition challenging Andhra Pradesh’ announcement to conduct panchayat election in three villages of Kotia in Koraput district. In a letter to the Advocate on Record (AOR) Sibo Sankar Mishra, the deputy secretary of Law Department Bhagaban Nayak stated, “You (Mishra) […]

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Bhubaneswar: The Odisha government has braced up to move the Supreme Court with a writ petition challenging Andhra Pradesh’ announcement to conduct panchayat election in three villages of Kotia in Koraput district.

In a letter to the Advocate on Record (AOR) Sibo Sankar Mishra, the deputy secretary of Law Department Bhagaban Nayak stated, “You (Mishra) are engaged to file Writ Petition before the Supreme Court challenging the notification of State Election Commission, Andhra Pradesh to hold panchayat election in three villages of Kotia which are within the territory of Odisha.”

Mishra is the AOR Supreme Court lawyer empanelled by the government of Odisha to appear for it in cases at the apex court.

The Revenue department and Disaster Management department has been asked to provide Mishra all relevant documents for filing the petition.

The State will produce documents in the SC over State formation, border demarcation of 1955 and elections to local bodies.

Odisha claimed that Andra Pradesh has taken unilateral decision on panchayat poll even as the border dispute involving Kotia is sub-judice in the Supreme Court.

It is worth mentioning that Kotia dispute is a long pending border issue between Andhra Pradhesh and Odisha. Both the States have been claiming sovereignty over the area, which consist of 27 small tribal hamlets on the border.

Andhra Pradesh has plans to hold panchayat elections in three villages-Talaganjeipadar, Phatuseneri and Phagunaseneri of Kotia on February 13 and 17. The process for filing of nomination papers concluded on Thursday.

The neighbouring State has listed these three villages of Odisha’s Koraput district under Salur Mandal in Vizianagaram.

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Odia Candidate Pulls Out Of Andhra Panchayat Polls https://odishatv.in/odisha-news/odia-candidate-pulls-out-of-andhra-panchayat-polls-516192 Mon, 08 Feb 2021 05:41:27 +0000 https://odishatv.in/?p=516192

Parlakhemundi/Bhubaneswar: An Odia candidate has withdrawn nomination papers filed for the ensuing panchayat elections being conducted by Andhra Pradesh in bordering villages of Gajapati in Odisha. Laxmi Sabar, a resident of Gangabada under Raigad block in Gajapati district had filed nominations for the post of ward member. However, he has withdrawn from the ongoing poll […]

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Parlakhemundi/Bhubaneswar: An Odia candidate has withdrawn nomination papers filed for the ensuing panchayat elections being conducted by Andhra Pradesh in bordering villages of Gajapati in Odisha.

Laxmi Sabar, a resident of Gangabada under Raigad block in Gajapati district had filed nominations for the post of ward member. However, he has withdrawn from the ongoing poll process much before the last date of withdrawal of nomination due to timely intervention of administrative officials.

Sources said the district administration has stepped up measures to keep Odia people away from the polls. On receiving information regarding Sabar’s candidature, a team of senior officers from district administration held discussion and persuaded him to refrain from participating in the election.

On the other hand, the State government has braced to move the Supreme Court, challenging Andhra Pradesh’s announcement for Panchayat polls in bordering villages at Kotia in Koraput.

The government will hold a crucial discussion with the Advocate General today in presence of Koraput Collector, ADM, panchayat officials from Kotia and legal experts.

The State will produce documents in the apex court over State formation, border demarcation of 1955 and elections to local bodies.

Odisha claimed that Andra Pradesh has taken unilateral decision on panchayat poll even as the border dispute involving Kotia is sub-judice in the Supreme Court.

Meanwhile, Revenue Minister Sudam Marndi said that State government has taken all possible measures for the development of Kotia. “The government is aware of polls announced by Andhra Pradesh. We are doing our best for the development of Kotia. We have schools, Anganwadi centres, hospitals and other government institutes there. To further strengthen the infrastructure, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has inaugurated and laid stone of a slew of welfare projects three days ago,” Marndi said.

It is worth mentioning that Kotia dispute is a long pending border issue between Andhra Pradhesh and Odisha. Both the States have been claiming sovereignty over the area, which consist of 27 small tribal hamlets on the border.

Andhra Pradesh is holding Panchayat elections in three villages-Talaganjeipadar, Phatuseneri and Phagunaseneri of Kotia on February 13 and 17. The process for filing of nomination papers concluded on Thursday.

The neighbouring State has listed these three villages under Salur Mandal in Vizianagaram district.

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Why Is Andhra Pradesh Eyeing Odisha’s Kotia? OTV’s Ground Report https://odishatv.in/odisha-news/why-is-andhra-pradesh-eyeing-odishas-kotia-otvs-ground-report-516139 Sun, 07 Feb 2021 15:20:09 +0000 https://odishatv.in/?p=516139

Bhubaneswar: Odisha’s Kotia panchayat is once again in the headlines following the poll dates announcement by Andhra Pradesh government in the region. Such a move has drawn sharp reactions here with the neighbouring state being accused of meddling in the affairs of Kotia region at regular intervals. The border dispute is not new. Both Andhra […]

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Why Is Andhra Pradesh Eyeing Odisha’s Kotia? OTV’s Ground Report

Bhubaneswar: Odisha’s Kotia panchayat is once again in the headlines following the poll dates announcement by Andhra Pradesh government in the region. Such a move has drawn sharp reactions here with the neighbouring state being accused of meddling in the affairs of Kotia region at regular intervals.

The border dispute is not new. Both Andhra Pradesh and Odisha governments have been trying hard to woo the residents of Kotia panchayat in Koraput district by promising and inaugurating a slew of welfare projects.

Many are wandering the reason behind Andhra Pradesh’s conspiracy to bring Kotia under its fold. It is being said that the neighbouring state is eying Kotia due to presence of huge reserves of minerals and valuable gemstones.

According to locals, there is a mountain which they refer to as ‘Suna Pahad’ and one can find several precious gemstones including Cat’s eye stone. The villagers also believe that the place has reserves of gold and silver.

“Andhra Pradesh is eyeing Kotia as the region has reserves of gold, silver, diamond, bauxite and other minerals,” said Rajesh Hantala, a resident of Kotia Panchayat.

Apart from this, the locals say that areas like Nuagaon, Ralegada are rich in eight to 10 types of mineral resources. All such attempts of Andhra Pradesh are just to plunder these natural resources, allege local residents.

“Andhra Pradesh has assured the locals to provide jobs if they acquire the Suna Pahada,” said Sunil Khara, former Nuagaon Sarpanch.

It is also being said that due to lack of political intent on part of Odisha government to carry out developmental works, the inhabitants of Kotia are inclining towards Andhra Pradesh. No step has been allegedly taken by the State government for effective utilisation of the natural resources or for the social development of the region.

Such lapses have now given an opportunity to the opposition parties including Congress and BJP to slam Odisha government.

Former Congress MP Pradip Majhi said, “Cat’s eye can be found in abundance here and are being trafficked to other States. There are several instances of such plunder and we urge Odisha government for proper excavation and preservation of such resources.”

BJP leader Jayram Pangi said, “There is lack of intent by Odisha government for development of eco-tourism which can create employment opportunities in the region.”

However, Pradip Kumar Nayak, Deputy Mines Director, Koraput said, “ I have no information about the availability of any minerals in Kotia. Only after proper inquiry we can comment on it.”

(Edited By Pradeep Singh)

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Will Not Allow An Inch Of Its Land To Be Misused : Odisha https://odishatv.in/odisha-news/will-not-allow-an-inch-of-its-land-to-be-misused-odisha-515957 Sun, 07 Feb 2021 02:35:35 +0000 https://odishatv.in/?p=515957

Bhubaneswar: Following reports of Andhra Pradesh planning to hold rural polls in some disputed bordering villages in Koraput and Gajapati, Odisha government Saturday said it will not allow an inch of its land to be misused by the neighbouring state. Revenue and Disaster Management Minister Sudam Marandi said this in reply to a question on […]

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Bhubaneswar: Following reports of Andhra Pradesh planning to hold rural polls in some disputed bordering villages in Koraput and Gajapati, Odisha government Saturday said it will not allow an inch of its land to be misused by the neighbouring state.

Revenue and Disaster Management Minister Sudam Marandi said this in reply to a question on the state governments steps to stop Andhra Pradeshs alleged attempt to hold gram panchayat polls within Odisha territory.

He said the Odisha government is aware of the Andhra Pradesh governments attempts in Koraput and Gajapati districts.

The Odisha government is committed to doing its best to resolve the issue and “There is no question of giving away an inch of the land of belonging to it.

“Appropriate measures will be taken at the proper time,” he said but refused to divulge details.

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has announced a Rs 150 crore package for Kotia Gram Panchayat in Koraput district and inaugurated projects of Rs 18 crore recently. He will also visit the Kotia cluster of villages soon and transform it into a model panchayat, Marandi said.

The Andhra Pradesh government has planned rural polls on February 13 and 17 in some villages located in Odishas Koraput and Gajapati districts.

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Andhra Also Eyeing Villages In Odisha’s Ganjam, Gajapati Amid Koraput Episode! https://odishatv.in/odisha-news/andhra-pradesh-conducting-polls-in-bordering-villages-of-ganjam-too-bjp-515730 Sat, 06 Feb 2021 05:27:08 +0000 https://odishatv.in/?p=515730

Bhubaneswar: The Andhra Pradesh government has not only made efforts to cement its control over Kotia Gram Panchayat in Koraput district but also some other bordering villages in Ganjam and Gajapati districts. As per sources, the district administration of Srikakulam of Andhra Pradesh has distributed ration cards to people in as many as six villages […]

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Bhubaneswar: The Andhra Pradesh government has not only made efforts to cement its control over Kotia Gram Panchayat in Koraput district but also some other bordering villages in Ganjam and Gajapati districts.

As per sources, the district administration of Srikakulam of Andhra Pradesh has distributed ration cards to people in as many as six villages under Gangabad panchayat in Gajapati district. Not only this, but a candidate named Laxmi Sabar has also won as a ward member in the election conducted by AP in the Manikapatna village.

Acting on reports, Gajapati Sub-collector Sangram Panda conducted an on-spot review of the situation. He has also warned the local residents to refrain from taking help and also participating in the elections conducted by neighbouring government.

In another sensational development, such border dispute has also raised ugly head in Ganjam district. Bringing a fresh allegation, BJP State vice president Bhrugu Buxipatra said that the neighbouring state is conducting Panchayat elections at some of the bordering villages under Chikiti Assembly segment of Ganjam district.

“The Andhra Pradesh government has conducted panchayat polls not only in Kotia but also in other bordering villages in Patrapur under Chikiti Assembly constituency in Ganjam district. The State borders have turned insecure,” Buxipatra said while participating in a debate on the border row.

He further said that Odia people in the bordering villages including Kotia and Patrapur are contesting elections from various political parties of Andhra Pradesh. People of these areas have two ration cards, two Aadhar cards, and other identity proofs. However, the Odisha government has never inquired into the matter, Buxipatra alleged.

Reacting to the BJP leader, Ganjam Collector Bijay Amruta Kulange said that the border dispute has been resolved with a fresh demarcation.

“There were some issues related to the border. We have fixed our areas with fresh demarcation by the local tehsildar. The residents are also availing all benefits from Odisha government”, said Kulange.

Meanwhile, asked about the rising intrusion of the Andhra Pradesh government into several bordering villages of Odisha, State Revenue Minister Sudarm Marndi said, “No one will be allowed to claim even an inch of the land of our State. We are determined to take all possible steps to resolve any border disputes.”

Recently, Andhra Pradesh announced to hold panchayat polls in three villages of Kotia panchayat in Koraput district, deepening the border dispute between the two states. The dates fixed by AP for the elections are February 13 and 17.

In the notification for the polls, Andhra Pradesh has included Talaganjeipadar, Phatuseneri and Phagunaseneri villages under its Salur block. Nominations for the elections can be filed till February 9. The AP administration has also started the poll process in Kurkuti panchayat under Salur block.

It is worth mentioning that residents of Kotia, which falls under Potangi block in Koraput, are also receiving government benefits from Salur in Vizianagaram district of Andhra Pradesh. They also depend on both the blocks for their daily activities.

Worried over Andhra Pradesh’s move, Odisha government has announced a slew of measures for the Kotia region. Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Friday inaugurated and laid foundation stone of various development projects worth over Rs 18 crore in the panchayat. He also announced to make Kotia a model panchayat in the State.

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Kotia To Be Transformed Into A Model Panchayat: Odisha CM Naveen https://odishatv.in/odisha-news/kotia-to-be-transformed-into-a-model-panchayat-odisha-cm-naveen-515543 Fri, 05 Feb 2021 07:41:19 +0000 https://odishatv.in/?p=515543

Bhubaneswar: Amidst the ongoing tussle with neighbouring Andhra Pradesh over claims on jurisdiction of some bordering villages in the Kotia region of Koraput district, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Friday unveiled a slew of developmental projects for the region. The move comes days after Andhra Pradesh announced panchayat elections in villages of Kotia panchayat […]

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Kotia To Be Transformed Into A Model Panchayat: Odisha CM Naveen

Bhubaneswar: Amidst the ongoing tussle with neighbouring Andhra Pradesh over claims on jurisdiction of some bordering villages in the Kotia region of Koraput district, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Friday unveiled a slew of developmental projects for the region.

The move comes days after Andhra Pradesh announced panchayat elections in villages of Kotia panchayat to be held on February 13 and 17.

Patnaik inaugurated a number of welfare projects including a primary health centre, boys and girls hostels and other projects at Kotia panchayat through video-conferencing today.

While speaking on the occasion, Patnaik said, “The government is working for the all-round development of the State. Steps will be taken to transform Kotia into a model panchayat.”

The Odisha government had earlier announced Kotia development package worth Rs 150 crore for 21 disputed villages in the panchayat a year back.

After Andhra Pradesh government announced to hold panchayat polls in Kotia, the Odisha government on Thursday shifted Koraput Collector Madhusudan Mishra.

As per the notification issued yesterday, Mohammad Abdaal Akhtar, project director of DRDA in Cuttack has been appointed as new Koraput Collector.

Meanwhile, Mishra has been posted as the additional secretary in Forest and Environment department.

(Edited By Suryakant Jena)

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Mysterious Illness Strikes Back In Andhra Village, 24 Taken Ill https://odishatv.in/nation/mysterious-illness-strikes-back-in-andhra-village-24-taken-ill-510748 Tue, 19 Jan 2021 11:12:51 +0000 https://odishatv.in/?p=510748

Pulla (Andhra Pradesh): Bringing back memories of December’s mysterious illness in Andhra Pradesh’s Eluru in West Godavari district, Pulla village has seen 24 such cases of convulsions till 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday. Pulla is 30 km north east of Eluru town where the mysterious illness cases are being reported from Monday. “Total cases reported so […]

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Mysterious Illness Strikes Back In Andhra Village, 24 Taken Ill

Pulla (Andhra Pradesh): Bringing back memories of December’s mysterious illness in Andhra Pradesh’s Eluru in West Godavari district, Pulla village has seen 24 such cases of convulsions till 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday.

Pulla is 30 km north east of Eluru town where the mysterious illness cases are being reported from Monday.

“Total cases reported so far, 24, active cases, three,” said an official.

Out of the active cases, two are currently admitted in Pulla primary health centre while one more case has been referred to the district hospital in Eluru.

As many as 21 people have been discharged.

According to officials, 15 beds have been made ready at Pulla PHC, 30 in Bhimadole and 50 in Eluru to admit future cases.

The affected patients exhibited symptoms similar to the Eluru cases such as fainting, frothing, convulsions, vomiting and others.

Related Story: ‘Mystery’ Disease Hits Andhra’s Eluru Town: Over 200 Hospitalised In A Day

(With IANS Inputs)

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Odisha: 8 Children Among 29 Rescued While Trafficked To AP https://odishatv.in/odisha-news/odisha-8-children-among-29-rescued-while-trafficked-to-ap-503181 Tue, 22 Dec 2020 05:39:48 +0000 https://odishatv.in/?p=503181

Bolangir: Despite the tall claims of the State government on strict enforcement of laws to curb the trafficking of people to and from Odisha to work as migrant labourers, the illegal activities continue unabated in the district. In another such case, as many as 29 migrant workers including eight children and 11 women were rescued […]

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Migrant workers rescued

Bolangir: Despite the tall claims of the State government on strict enforcement of laws to curb the trafficking of people to and from Odisha to work as migrant labourers, the illegal activities continue unabated in the district.

In another such case, as many as 29 migrant workers including eight children and 11 women were rescued by the Odisha police while they were being transported to the Kantabanji railway station, on Monday night.

They were reportedly trafficked by a contractor to Andhra Pradesh where they would be made to work as labourers in brick kilns.

Based on reliable information during night patrolling, the Bangomunda police intercepted the vehicles carrying the labourers at Chhatarang village while they were being taken to Kantabanji railway station. The police team confiscated the documents and rescued all the people.

“We have no employment opportunity in the village. It’s becoming hard for us to earn our livelihood here. Government is also not providing us any work. Therefore, we are forced to migrate to Andhra Pradesh to work in the brick kilns there,” said a migrant worker.

Meanwhile, the police have launched an investigation into the incident.

Earlier last week, as many as 21 migrant labourers including four women and 17 men had been rescued from Kantabanji railway station while they were being trafficked to Hyderabad.

Similarly on November 14, 56 migrant labourers including 23 women and eight children had been rescued from the same railway station.

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Border Dispute: Devoid Of Basic Amenities, Odisha Villagers Inclining Towards AP! https://odishatv.in/odisha-news/border-dispute-devoid-of-basic-amenities-odisha-villagers-inclining-towards-ap-503124 Tue, 22 Dec 2020 03:38:21 +0000 https://odishatv.in/?p=503124

Paralakhemundi: Amid the ongoing border dispute between Andhra Pradesh and Odisha government, the curious case of Manikpatana under Rayagad block of Gajapati district has now caught the attention of the administration as reports suggest that despite being under the revenue map of Odisha, the village is de facto governed by the neighbouring AP government. What’s […]

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Manikpatna

Paralakhemundi: Amid the ongoing border dispute between Andhra Pradesh and Odisha government, the curious case of Manikpatana under Rayagad block of Gajapati district has now caught the attention of the administration as reports suggest that despite being under the revenue map of Odisha, the village is de facto governed by the neighbouring AP government.

What’s even surprising is that the locals absolutely have no problem with it.

The village Manikpatana under Gangabada Panchayat has allegedly been long neglected by the Odisha government. With no motorable roads, lack of drinking water supply and a dismal electricity connection, the locals had lost all hopes of a basic standard of living.

Seeing an opportunity in this, in came the AP authorities, bang with roads, drinking water and an uninterrupted electricity to eventually become a potential saviour of these down-trodden.

Alasa Sabar, a local of Manikpatana said, “Our village suffered a lot during rains. With no pucca roads, we had to wade through mud whenever we stepped out of the house. Prior to initiating any work, the Srikakulam administration asked us, whether there will be any objection if they provide us with the facilities. We welcomed their offer and allowed them to construct roads.”

“We wanted basic amenities. If Odisha could not provide us, we do not see any problem if any other state does so for us,” added Sabar.

Quite evident, the AP government which on many occasions was seen making inroads into gullible villages of Odisha, has already set its eyes on Manikpatana.

After Malkangiri and Koraput, the saga of AP’s expansionism policy continues in Gajapati as well. In fact at least 12 acres of land in Cherugudi Mouza under Paralakhemundi Tehsil have been encroached by Andhra’s farmers for the last 40 years.

If sources are to be believed, the Srikakulam administration is actively providing all social security measures apart from electricity, water and pucca roads to the villagers which is why they are drifting towards Andhra Pradesh.

Apna Sabar, another local said, “Both Odisha and AP have electricity supplies here. While there are frequent power outages by Odisha, Andhra provides an uninterrupted power supply. It is obvious people will accept AP’s offer.”

Haribandhu Karji, former Sarpanch of Gangabada is also of a similar opinion. “From healthcare facilities to educational support, AP government is making every service available for them. That is why the villagers do not want to side with Odisha,” he said.

However, the long pending dispute pertaining to the encroachment of farmlands in Cherugudi has forced the Gajapati administration to buckle up and conduct a joint survey along with the revenue officials of AP to demarcate the land and identify their actual owners.

“We have constituted a team to enquire into the alleged encroachment in detail. It came to our notice that a few officials of Andhra government were conducting some work in Manikpatana village under MGNREGA. Our BDO and JE visited the spot and stopped the unauthorised work,” said, Sangram Sekhar Panda, the Sub-Collector of Gajapati.

(Edited By Devbrat Patnaik)

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Odisha: 21 Migrant Workers Rescued While Being Taken To Andhra https://odishatv.in/odisha-news/odisha-21-migrant-workers-rescued-while-being-taken-to-andhra-501906 Fri, 18 Dec 2020 03:10:02 +0000 https://odishatv.in/?p=501906

Bolangir: Despite the tall claims of the government on enforcement of strict laws to curb trafficking of migrant labourers to and from Odisha, the illegal activities continue unabated in many parts of the State. As many as 21 migrant labourers including four women and 17 men were rescued from Kantabanji railway station while they were […]

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Migrant workers

Bolangir: Despite the tall claims of the government on enforcement of strict laws to curb trafficking of migrant labourers to and from Odisha, the illegal activities continue unabated in many parts of the State.

As many as 21 migrant labourers including four women and 17 men were rescued from Kantabanji railway station while they were being taken to Andhra Pradesh on Thursday night.

According to sources, Kantabanji police received information from a person that 21 people from Siluana village were being taken to Andhra Pradesh by a contractor to work as labourers.

A team of police officials rushed to the spot and confiscated their documents while rescuing all the people. They were sent back to their villages after preliminary investigation. The labour agent, who was taking them to Andhra Pradesh, has been detained.

“We have no employment opportunity in the village. It’s even becoming hard for us to earn our living. Government is also not providing us any work. Therefore, we are forced to go to Andhra Pradesh to work in the brick kilns there,” said a migrant worker.

Meanwhile, the police have launched an investigation into the incident.

Earlier on November 14, as many as 56 migrant labourers including 23 women and eight children were rescued from Kantabanji station while they were being trafficked to Hyderabad.

(Edited by Ramakant Biswas)

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Female Migrant Workers From Odisha Allege ‘Inhuman Torture’ In Andhra Pradesh https://odishatv.in/odisha-news/female-migrant-workers-from-odisha-allege-inhuman-torture-in-andhra-pradesh-501798 Thu, 17 Dec 2020 12:40:33 +0000 https://odishatv.in/?p=501798

Balasore: After relaxations in COVID-19 induced lockdown restrictions in the country, a group of girls from Odisha who went to Andhra Pradesh to work in a spinning mill have been allegedly subjected to torture and put under house arrest by middleman. The girls working at Digital Cotton Mill in Kadapa were reportedly beaten whenever they […]

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Woman Migrant Worker Tortured

Balasore: After relaxations in COVID-19 induced lockdown restrictions in the country, a group of girls from Odisha who went to Andhra Pradesh to work in a spinning mill have been allegedly subjected to torture and put under house arrest by middleman.

The girls working at Digital Cotton Mill in Kadapa were reportedly beaten whenever they wanted to leave the factory for home. Moreover, the girls have also alleged that they have been never paid for their work.

Braving Covid crisis, Anita Jena, one of the girls from Sadanandpur village under Amarda Road police limits in Balasore had to leave her studies midway to work in Andhra Pradesh after her father was left paralysed following a road accident.

“I did not know that I would be foced to do menial jobs here. When I resisted and wanted to leave work, the middleman, Chittaranjan Nayak from Chandikhol, who had brought me here, stole my clothes and put me under house arrest,” Anita narrated before OTV through telephone.

“We are beaten up by goons for raising our voices against the harassment that we are being subjected to. A girl in my room has been mercilessly thrashed after she complained of poor quality food and the nature of work,” she said.

Requesting to bring back her daughter safely, Anita Jena’s mother Laxmipriya said, “My daughter is being tortured there in Andhra Pradesh. Her mobile phone was snatched away by Chittaranjan after she made a video about her plight and forwarded it to her uncle.”

“There are eight other girls as well who are also undergoing harassment and are being made to do tedious jobs at the spinning mill. I have filed a complaint at Amarda Road Police Station but the authorities are yet to take any action in this connection,” alleged Laxmipriya.

Notably, a video was recorded by Anita and three other girls 15 days back in which they opened up on their ordeal and requested the authorities to rescue them.

No comments from the police could be obtained in this regard.

(Edited By Suryakant Jena)

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South Indian States Ban Online Gaming, Bring Strict Laws https://odishatv.in/nation/south-indian-states-ban-online-gaming-bring-strict-laws-500146 Fri, 11 Dec 2020 11:10:28 +0000 https://odishatv.in/?p=500146

New Delhi: A move to ban online gaming is gaining momentum in the southern states with Tamil Nadu joining Andhra Pradesh and Telangana and Karnataka also mulling a law banning online gaming. Following the footsteps of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh, the state of Tamil Nadu has also amended its laws to restrict online gaming within […]

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South Indian States Ban Online Gaming, Bring Strict Laws

New Delhi: A move to ban online gaming is gaining momentum in the southern states with Tamil Nadu joining Andhra Pradesh and Telangana and Karnataka also mulling a law banning online gaming.

Following the footsteps of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh, the state of Tamil Nadu has also amended its laws to restrict online gaming within its territory.

The Governor of Tamil Nadu promulgated the Tamil Nadu Gaming and Police Laws (Amendment) Ordinance 2020 on November 20, 2020 (Ref: Tamil Nadu Ordinance Number 11 of 2020) (Ordinance).

The Ordinance amends the Tamil Nadu Gaming Act, 1930 (TN Gaming Act) and extends its territorial scope to cover the entire state of Tamil Nadu. Gaming-related provisions of the Chennai City Police Act, 1888 and the Tamil Nadu District Police Act, 1859 are no more applicable in the State of Tamil Nadu.

According to Surbhi Kejriwal, Rishabh Bharadwaj and Abhishek Rao of Khaitan & Co, the Ordinance comes in the wake of the observations of the Madras High Court regarding the addictive nature of online games and its negative effect on the masses.

In D Siluvai Venance v State, the Madras High Court sought to address the negative effect of online gaming by resolving the regulatory void in the online and virtual gaming space.

Similarly, in Mohammed Rizvi v Union of India it has been brought to the notice of the Madras High Court that members of the public end up incurring debts in connection with online gambling activities and that there are instances of people dying by suicide when unable to repay these debts.

Given the number of deaths, the court indicated that the state government takes appropriate, adequate, and immediate measures, including bringing legislation, to prohibit or regulate online gambling. The Ordinance, as mentioned in its explanatory statement, is also promulgated in this backdrop.

However, Khaitan & Co authors noted that interestingly, the exemption of ‘games of mere skill’ has been retained in the TN Gaming Act. In fact, this exemption has been extended to the aforesaid prohibition on wagering or betting in cyberspace using computers, computer systems, computer networks, computer resources, any communication device, or any other instrument of gaming, by playing ‘rummy, ‘poker’, or ‘any other game’.

Unlike the case of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh, the Ordinance does not put a blanket ban on offering online games. Online games involving skill continue to be exempted from the application of the restrictions under the TN Gaming Act.

Having said that, while the Ordinance seeks to prohibit online real money games such as rummy and poker, the prohibition does not apply to games of mere skill.

Rummy and poker are permitted games under the prevailing legal framework. Supreme Court of India has held in State of Andhra Pradesh v K Satyanarayana (Ref: 1968 AIR 825) that rummy is a game of skill. Similarly, poker is permitted in West Bengal, Sikkim, Nagaland, Goa, and Daman and Diu (by legislation) and Karnataka (by judicial precedent).

“This results in further confusion in an industry already marred by legal multiplicity, confusions, and uncertainties. We hope that this confusion will be cleared by the Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly once it is in session and online games involving skill will be permitted. The Assembly is required to approve the Ordinance, with or without changes, within six weeks of reassembling pursuant to Article 213 of the Constitution of India, failing which the Ordinance will cease to be in force”, the authors said.

The Advertising and Standards Council of India (ASCI) has also introduced guidelines to make real money gaming advertising safer and more responsible.

The authors said one of the frequent complaints against real money gaming (RMG) activities is the way they are advertised to the common public. The advertisements occasionally create a perception that such games may become a source of income, livelihood, or profits as opposed to being a source of entertainment. This creates behavioural issues among the users of online gaming portals.

Against this backdrop, the Advertising and Standards Council of India (ASCI) has on 24 November 2020 published guidelines around advertisements pertaining to RMG. These guidelines will be effective from December 15, 2020.

(IANS)

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‘Bharat Bandh’ In Andhra Pradesh Peaceful, BJP Leaders Try To Explain Farm Laws https://odishatv.in/nation/bharat-bandh-in-andhra-pradesh-peaceful-bjp-leaders-try-to-explain-farm-laws-499260 Tue, 08 Dec 2020 10:29:48 +0000 https://odishatv.in/?p=499260

Amaravati: Amid a peaceful ‘Bharat Bandh’ in Andhra Pradesh, state BJP President Somu Veerraju on Tuesday supported the new central farm laws, even as his party colleagues tried to explain their finer points through explanatory videos and slides. “I am with Prime Minister Narendra Modi. I will not give support to Bharat Bandh,” said Veerraju. […]

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'Bharat Bandh' In Andhra Pradesh Peaceful, BJP Leaders Try To Explain Farm Laws

Amaravati: Amid a peaceful ‘Bharat Bandh’ in Andhra Pradesh, state BJP President Somu Veerraju on Tuesday supported the new central farm laws, even as his party colleagues tried to explain their finer points through explanatory videos and slides.

“I am with Prime Minister Narendra Modi. I will not give support to Bharat Bandh,” said Veerraju.

S Vishnu Vardhan Reddy, state BJP General Secretary, claimed that the farm laws would be a game changer for farmers. “They will help them increase their incomes. It will empower them. They will also help increase India’s GDP and achieve the full potential of agriculture sector,” he claimed.

Reddy said people need to know about the Acts properly and asked them to read them before protesting against the government. He criticised the Congress for participating in the protests.

BJP Rajya Sabha MP GVL Narasimha Rao claimed that the new laws were aimed at giving freedom to farmers, who he claimed had suffered decades-long manipulation at the hands of some government players and middlemen.

“These are revolutionary laws. Many governments deliberated but did not dare to implement them,” he asserted.

He claimed that similar recommendations were made in the Swaminathan report during the UPA government in 2005.

Rao claimed that farmers did not have the power to sell their crops anywhere in the country unlike other small businessmen or artisans. “There is no fault of the farmers… they have been brainwashed with lies that some injustice is happening to them,” he said.

Meanwhile, Left parties and others opposing the three laws protested in Tiruapati where the BJP is eyeing the Parliament seat that fell vacant due to demise of Balli Durgaprasad.

In Rajamahendravaram in East Godavari district, former Amalapuram MP Harsha Kumar who recently joined the Congress led a bike rally in support of the farmers.

Like other places, Nellore police have also tightened security in the district to prevent untoward incidents, even as supporters of Left parties protested in Guduru, TP Guduru, and other places.

(With IANS Inputs)

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Odisha-AP Border Dispute: Paralakhemundi Locals Allege Occupation Of Land By Srikakulam Farmers https://odishatv.in/odisha-news/odisha-ap-border-dispute-paralakhemundi-locals-allege-occupation-of-land-by-srikakulam-farmers-497928 Fri, 04 Dec 2020 03:27:27 +0000 https://odishatv.in/?p=497928

Paralakhemundi: At a time when the authorities of Odisha and Andhra claim to have taken urgent measures to resolve the ongoing border disputes, seems a recent flare-up in the Gajapati district may prolong the tension between the two neighbouring States. Allegedly, farmers of neighbouring Andhra Pradesh have illegally occupied acres of land in the bordering […]

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Odisha-AP Border Dispute: Paralakhemundi Locals Allege Occupation Of Land By Srikakulam Farmers

Paralakhemundi: At a time when the authorities of Odisha and Andhra claim to have taken urgent measures to resolve the ongoing border disputes, seems a recent flare-up in the Gajapati district may prolong the tension between the two neighbouring States.

Allegedly, farmers of neighbouring Andhra Pradesh have illegally occupied acres of land in the bordering areas of Paralakhemundi in Gajapati district. Based on reports, a team led by the local Tehsildar conducted a spot enquiry to find the veracity of the allegations.

The locals have alleged that 1.89 acre land falling under the Cherugudi Mouza of Paralakhemundi has been encroached by the farmers of neighbouring State. Not that the farmers tried to transgress into Odisha territory only recently, but the allegations that have surfaced now suggest that close to 12 acres of land belonging to Paralakhemundi and nearby Tehsils are under illegal occupation by the farmers for the last 40 years.

Therefore, people here on the Odisha side of the border have demanded immediate intervention of the State government and local administration so that the boundary is properly demarcated.

Meanwhile, Gajapati Collector Anupam Saha said that he has held talks with his counterpart in Srikakulam district in this regard. “We have approached the administrative authorities in Srikakulam and we will schedule a full day for conducting a joint survey and verification of the border to resolve the dispute. We will ensure immediate settlement of issue.”

On Thursday, a team from Visakhapatnam administration represented Andhra Pradesh while Koraput district administration represented Odisha in a meeting at Sambai panchayat office in Koraput following which the GPS mapping of the border was initiated in lines with the Madras Presidency Map.

Notably, Odisha has lingering boundary disputes with not only Andhra Pradesh but several other neighbouring states including West Bengal, Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand.

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Border Row: Odisha-Andhra Authorities Hold Talks To Demarcate Boundary https://odishatv.in/odisha-news/border-row-odisha-andhra-authorities-hold-talks-to-demarcate-boundary-497899 Thu, 03 Dec 2020 16:14:44 +0000 https://odishatv.in/?p=497899

Koraput: In a welcome development that promises to diffuse the month-long tension between Odisha and Andhra Pradesh, the authorities from districts of the two neighbouring states held talks at the border post to demarcate boundaries. A team from Visakhapatnam administration represented Andhra Pradesh while Koraput ditrict administration was representing Odisha in the meeting. Apart from […]

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Border Row: Odisha-Andhra Authorities Hold Talks To Demarcate Boundary

Koraput: In a welcome development that promises to diffuse the month-long tension between Odisha and Andhra Pradesh, the authorities from districts of the two neighbouring states held talks at the border post to demarcate boundaries.

A team from Visakhapatnam administration represented Andhra Pradesh while Koraput ditrict administration was representing Odisha in the meeting. Apart from that, teams from Odisha Revenue and Forest departments were present at the meeting site at Sambai Panchayat office.

If reports are to be believed, the GPS mapping of the border is being done in lines with the Madras Presidency Map, the survey of which has started from today. The much-needed move came after Andhra Pradesh claimed its right on areas in Kotia, Sambai and now Jamuguda.

A local of Sambai said, “We want the dispute to be resolved soon. We will not cede an inch of our land to Andhra Pradesh.”

Even though some locals of Andhra Pradesh initially sat on dharna protesting the joint survey, later they were pacified and they agreed to keep peace until the entire mapping process is completed.

Koraput Collector, Madhusudan Mishra who led the Odisha delegation in the meet said, “We agreed to locate the inter-state border stones first after which Andhra Pradesh administration will take GPS coordinates of those locations.”

“Above all, both the parties agreed to keep peace in the border areas,” added Mishra.

The dispute over territory had erupted in Koraput district in early November after an information board put up by the administrative officials of Odisha government was reportedly demolished by the residents of Andhra Pradesh in the bordering areas of Sunabeda village under Pottangi block of Koraput.

Given the sensitivity of the issue, even Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan had to get involved in the issue who had shot off a letter to Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik seeking urgent measures to resolve the on-going border disputes with neighbouring states. He had urged CM Patnaik to take the support of the Central Government in mediating a resolution over the boundary dispute.

Notably, Odisha has lingering boundary disputes with not only Andhra Pradesh but several other states like, West Bengal, Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand.

(Edited By Suryakant Jena)

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Cyclone Nivar Weakens Into Low-Pressure Area Over South Coastal Andhra Pradesh https://odishatv.in/nation/cyclone-nivar-weakens-into-low-pressure-area-over-south-coastal-andhra-pradesh-496290 Fri, 27 Nov 2020 10:51:31 +0000 https://odishatv.in/?p=496290

Amaravati: The very severe cyclonic storm Nivar weakened into a well-marked, low-pressure area  by Friday morning, over south coastal Andhra Pradesh and adjoining west central Bay of Bengal. “The associated cyclonic circulation now extends up to 4.5 km above the mean sea level,” a Met official said, adding that it was very likely to move […]

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Cyclone Nivar Weakens Into Low-Pressure Area Over South Coastal Andhra Pradesh

Amaravati: The very severe cyclonic storm Nivar weakened into a well-marked, low-pressure area  by Friday morning, over south coastal Andhra Pradesh and adjoining west central Bay of Bengal.

“The associated cyclonic circulation now extends up to 4.5 km above the mean sea level,” a Met official said, adding that it was very likely to move nearly northwards and weaken into the low-pressure area during the next 12 hours.

The Met department warned that the Bay of Bengal will be rough along and off the south AP coast during the next 12 hours. Fishermen have been warned against venturing into the sea.

Earlier, the depression over south coastal Andhra and neighbourhood moved north- northwestwards to weaken into low-pressure area and lay centred over south coastal Andhra and adjoining part of Bay of Bengal by 5.30 am.

The deep depression over south Rayalaseema and vicinity moved north and northwards with a speed of 8 km per hour during the six hours prior to 6 am on Friday and weakened into the depression.

By 11.30 pm on Thursday, it lay centred over south coastal Andhra and neighbourhood near latitude 14 degrees north and longitude 79.5 degrees east.

It was 35 km north of Tirupati and 70 km south – southeast of Nellore.

The Met department forecast light to moderate rain or thundershowers at many places in coastal Andhra Pradesh, Yanam and Rayalaseema from 6 am on Friday till 8.30 am on Saturday.

A ‘yellow’ warning has been issued for Chittoor, Kadapa, Kurnool, Prakasam and Nellore districts as their parts are very likely to receive heavy rain.

Winds reaching speeds of 45 – 55 kmph till 12 pm blowing along and off southern AP are expected to improve thereafter on Friday.

Squally winds of speeds between 50 – 60 kmph and gusting up to 70 kmph prevailing over Chittoor, Kadapa and Nellore districts are expected to gradually decrease thereafter from 12 pm on Friday.

The incessant rain falling around 9 pm on Wednesday in several villages near Bhimavaram in West Godavari district stopped around 1 pm on Friday, with another hiatus of an hour in between around 9 am in Seesali, Kalla, Kallakuru, Doddanapudi, Chinnapulleru and other villages.

Though the sun pierced through the clouds briefly a few times at these places, rain again started by 3 pm on Friday.

(With IANS Inputs)

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Odisha: BJP Demands All-Party Panel To Resolve Border Issues https://odishatv.in/odisha-news/odisha-bjp-demands-all-party-panel-to-resolve-border-issues-495786 Wed, 25 Nov 2020 11:05:25 +0000 https://odishatv.in/?p=495786

Bhubaneswar: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Wednesday demanded that the State Government should constitute an all-party committee to sort out the border disputes with Andra Pradesh and West Bengal. Responding to the Revenue and Disaster Management Minister Sudam Marndi’s statement in the Assembly regarding the border disputes with the neighbouring States, the Deputy Leader […]

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Bhubaneswar: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Wednesday demanded that the State Government should constitute an all-party committee to sort out the border disputes with Andra Pradesh and West Bengal.

Responding to the Revenue and Disaster Management Minister Sudam Marndi’s statement in the Assembly regarding the border disputes with the neighbouring States, the Deputy Leader of Opposition, Bishnu Sethy said that the government should set up an all-party committee to resolve the boundary issues amicably.

“There is an Assembly committee functioning in the State which looks after the issue of border disputes. The committee failed to resolve the ongoing border row. So, the Government should constitute an all-party committee and take views from the members cutting across party lines. We also request the chief Minister to intervene in the matter,” Sethy said.

The demand of the Opposition party came after the Revenue Minister admitted in the Assembly that Odisha was facing border problems with its neighbouring states. He said the government was taking every possible measure to sort out the dispute. Efforts have been made under the supervision of Revenue Divisional Commissioners (RDCs) and Collectors to resolve such issues, he added.

The Minister further informed the Assembly that there are 21 villages along the border with Andhra Pradesh while nine villages are bordering West Bengal. The State Government is committed to provide all possible assistance to the villagers, he said, adding that committees have been formed at district administration level to look into the issue.

On the other hand, Congress alleged that the border tension has aggravated due to the government’s apathy.

“The Odisha government has forgotten the actual border. The State seems to have abandoned the areas occupied by Andhra Pradesh since long. The situation is more like what the country has done to areas occupied by China and Pakistan,” senior Congress MLA Narasingh Mishra said.

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