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Kotia village row: OHRC seeks reports from RDC, Koraput Collector

Bhubaneswar: The Odisha Human Rights Commission has directed the state government to submit factual reports on the development in the Kotia villages of Koraput district.

Acting on a petition filed by rights activist Akhand, the Commission has issued a notice to the Revenue Divisional Commissioner (RDC), Southern Division and District Collector of Koraput to submit a report in this regard in four weeks.

The petitioner alleged that after more than 70 years of Independence, the villagers in Kotia Gram Panchayat in Pottangi Block are deprived of basic facilities.

There are 21 villages in this Panchayat. The government developmental programmes and schemes are not accessible to them. No government official has visited some villages in the Panchayat years together, alleged the petitioner.

Again, 20 families residing in Gedalwalsa village, located in the hilly terrain of the border area about 30 km from Narayanpatna block headquarters are also deprived of the government assistance, he alleged.

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