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  • Public Hearing exposes dearth of basic amenities in Kandhamal

    05 Oct 2017

    22 September 2017, Kandhamal, the Indian state of Odisha, more than 1000 people from 80 pockets covering 308 revenue villages with 12,300 households took active part in the event. The 16 selected victims presented their grievances related to community entitlements as well as individual entitlements. Mr. Ullash Ch. Mudili presided over the event and presented the summary of the Report Card of 308 villages. The public hearing exposed the stark absence of basic amenities in the district.

    The following issues related to community entitlements were registered: (a) 70 villages are without approach road, (b) 51 villages have no safe drinking water facility, and (c) 46 villages have no electricity connectivity.

    It also came to light that the stakeholders were deprived of their individual entitlements.  Ration cards were not issued to 277 households; pension was not being awarded to 29 widows; 84 elderly people were not being granted old age pension; and special pension was not being given to 31 deserving persons.

    The whole programme proceeded in a disciplined manner. The public hearing that was organised, under the banner of Lok Manch, by Odisha Citizens’ Initiatives and its partner organisations namely High Hope Society, Rescue and Devotee Trust lentvoice .to the voiceless. The event has popularized Lok Manch in and around Tumudibandha and Kotagarh blocks.

    Blacius Ekka,

    Unit Co-ordinator,

    Odisha Lok Manch