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Andhra aid for tribals: Odisha seeks report from Koraput

Press Trust of India  |  Bhubaneswar 

Reacting to allegations of offering assistance to tribals in Odisha, the today sought a report from the district collector of and called a meeting to review the situation.

"I have sought a report from the district magistrate- cum-Collector of district on the allegations. I have also called a meeting of senior officials over the matter," and disaster management minister told reporters here.

Mohanty said the state has been keeping a watch on the situation where allegedly lured the resident of Kutia gram panchayats under Pottangi block in district yesterday.

The officials allegedly distributed assistance to the villagers under the Janmabhoomi scheme launched by the

Koraput Collector said that he had sent sub-collector Krutibas Rout to the spot after being informed about the incident who held discussion with the Andhra officials.

The blankets, solar lights and Rs 1,000 as pension were distributed among the villagers under the Janambhoomi scheme of Andhra Pradesh, which is observed in Andhra from January 2 to 11 every year.

As a cluster of around 21 villages of Kotia gram panchayat are located on Andhra-border, the neigbouring state has been trying to take those villages into their province, sources said.

Since both and Andhra Pradesh are demanding Kutia gram panchayat under their jurisdiction, a case has been filed in the to resolve the matter, department sources said.

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First Published: Wed, January 10 2018. 21:45 IST