Bhubaneswar : Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee(OPCC) President Niranjan Patnaik has requested Union Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh to intervene into the ‘grave constitutional and governance crisis’ created by the resignation of over sixty representatives of Panchayati Raj Institutions, mostly adivasis, in Malkangiri district.
In a letter to the Union Minister, Mr Pattnaik urged him to depute a central team to visit Malkangiri for an on the spot assessment of the situation arising out of the en mass resignation of the PRI representatives.
The Congress chief alleged that the state government has taken the issue very casually and till date no Minister or senior officer has visited the district to take stock of the situation or establish an interface with the resigned PRI representatives.
As many as 65 elected Panchayati Raj Institutions (PRI) representatives of Malkangiri district have resigned protesting against the failure of the ruling BJD government to meet their demands over irrigation, drinking water, and roads in their area.
Mr Pattnaik said Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has shown his unwillingness to deal with the grave failure of democratic process arising out of the resignation of PRI representatives and of taking no interest in the implementation of developmental schemes in the district infested by Maoist violence
Ever since the 74th Constitutional Amendment, PRI plays a significant role in our constitutional edifice and also holds great importance in implementation of developmental programme