People in large numbers attended the Palli Sabha meetings at revenue villages on Tuesday, the Maoist threat notwithstanding. Last week, the outlawed CPI (Maoist) outfit had issued letters to PRI representatives and put up posters everywhere asking people and government officials to boycott Palli Sabha meetings.
The district administration successfully conducted the meetings in seven blocks, including Maoist strongholds of Kalimela, Khairput, Mathili and Podia. The meeting was peaceful at Tandiki village under Korukonda block, bordering neighbouring Sukma district in Chhattisgarh.
However, Palli Sabhas could not be held in revenue villages of Bapanpalli, Silakota and Rodenpalli under Bapanpalli gram Panchayat and Cherkuguda under Niliguda panchayat in Podia block.
The Palli Sabhas were a part of the Gram Sabha Shashaktikaran Karyakrama under which, people of the district would be sensitised on the State Government’s schemes.