07 November 2019
Bhubaneswar: The State Government will be setting up a police station at Kotia panchayat in Koraput district. A decision in this regard was taken at the 'House Committee on Boundary Issues' meeting held under the chairmanship of Assembly Speaker Surya Narayan Patro here on Thursday.
Speaking to media persons Patro said that the police station in Kotia comprising 21 villages is located at a distance due to which the inhabitants are choosing to approach Andhra Pradesh police station which is closer to Kotia. "We will send a recommendation to the Home Department to set up a police station close to the Odisha-Andhra border in Kotia which will ease the difficulties of the residents," he said.
People of Kotia are voting in two states, Andhra Pradesh and Odisha. They are getting benefits like rice and other essential commodities from the two States. Both the States are operating in Kotia because of the long-standing border dispute. “The Supreme Court said that both the States should go to the appropriate forum. However, it is yet to be decided which is the proper forum,” the Speaker said.
“Another important decision taken was about shutting down of schools in the Panchayat. It has been observed that some schools and colleges in Kotia are being closed because of high dropout rates. This practice will be strictly stopped and educational institutions will remain operative irrespective of dropout rates,” Patro added.