The three-tier panchayat elections in Odisha is likely to be held in 2022. The Koraput administration holds elections for sarpanch, samiti member and 13 ward members in Kotia every five years.
The first demand was for a caste-based census to determine the actual population of SEBCs/OBCs and bringing an amendment to relevant Acts in the Parliament to lift 50 pc ceiling on reservation.
Panchayati Raj Minister Pratap Jena said that the State government will soon submit the report to the State Election Commission (SEC) with details relating to the rural polls.
Though the State Election Commission has written to the government thrice - two letters in January and one in March 2021 - to complete the exercise, the process is yet to be started.
The BJP continued to make inroads into traditional BJD strongholds in the fifth phase polls.