KORAPUT: Hundreds of BJP’s booth-level workers locked Koraput Collector’s office on Monday protesting failure of the State Government and district administration in utilising Central funds for development of the district.
The workers under the leadership of State BJP general secretary Bhrugu Baxipatra took a rally in Koraput town before gathering near the collectorate.
The BJP leader alleged that though Collector Jay Kumar V was informed about the rally and submission of a memorandum to Governor through him, neither was he present nor had he directed any official to receive the same.
Addressing the gathering Baxipatro alleged that the district administration is neglecting the grievances of thousands of poor people.
He also allegedly charged the BJD and Congress leaders of engaging in corruption. Central funds meant for the poor were misappropriated, Baxipatro said.
The State Government has completely failed to provide health services across the State, particularly KBK districts, where poor people died in the last eight months for want of medical aid. He pointed out that no doctors are posted in Community and Public Health Centres in the district yet.
Agriculture, bungling of funds under Swachh Bharat Abhiyan and NREGA are the other grey areas, he added. Though Telengiri irrigation projects was completed 15 years back, not a single piece of agricultural land has been irrigated so far.
On the issue of shutting down of Sewa Paper Mill at Jeypore, he said Government has failed to protect the intesrest of more than one lakh people who were dependent on the mill directly and indirectly.
Among others, Kuchinda MLA Rabi Nayak, State BJP observer Sukant Panigrahi, district BJP president Bijay Mishra, Mandal president Sanjiv Kumar and State member Aswin Patnaik also spoke.