House Committee To Visit Border Dispute Villages

Bhubaneswar: House Committee of the Odisha Legislative Assembly will visit Kotia group of villages in Koraput district and other areas having border disputes with neighbouring States for a reality check of the problem in these areas.

The decision in this regard was taken at the meeting of the House Committee chaired by State Assembly Speaker Surjya Narayan Patro here today, said an official press release.

Patro expressed his desire to know the current status of cases pending in the Supreme Court with regard to border disputes. He directed officials to furnish details in the next meeting of the Committee. He also sought a statement on observance of the decisions taken at the Committee’s meeting on November 7, 2019.

The House Committee discussed in detail the ongoing border disputes with neighbouring States like Andhra Pradesh, West Bengal and Chhattisgarh.

Members of the Committee expressed unanimity over a proposal asking Collectors and Superintendents of Police of districts having border disputes to hold meetings with their counterparts of other States at least once every month.

The panel directed the Chief Secretary and Revenue Commissioner to apprize it on what action has been taken so far on this account.

Secretaries of Revenue, Law, Housing & Urban Development departments have been asked to be present at the Committee’s next meeting and apprize on how development has been expedited in these areas.

The meeting discussed development of education, health, communication, law & order, drinking water, and related infrastructure within 5 km in border villages. It was decided that School & Mass Education department will upgrade schools within 5 km range of the border and provide government grant.

The meeting was attended among others by Deputy Speaker Rajnikant Singh, Revenue & Disaster Management Minister Sudam Marndi, School & Mass Education Minister Samir Ranjan Dash, Opposition Chief Whip Mohan Charan Majhi, MLAs Kishore Kumar Mohanty, Bhupinder Singh, Amar Prasad Satpathy, Anant Das, Aswini Kumar Patra, Aditya Madhi and Rajkishore Dash.