Pressured by the Maoist-backed Chasi Mulia Adivasi Sangh, 35 panchayati raj institution members of Maoist-affected Malkangiri’s Kalimela block have threatened to resign from their posts. The incident has sent shockwaves in Orissa administration.
On Thursday, the CMAS called a meeting of the tribal villagers in remote forested area of Kalimela where they asked the Kalimela Panchayat Samiti chairperson Debe Madhi, Zilla Parishad member Sahadeb Matam and 33 others to resign from their posts. The CMAS leaders asked them to resign as the state government has failed to build the Kartampalli-Manyamkonda canal that would have irrigated the tribal farmlands.
“It’s not enough for us to win the election. If we can’t give basic facilities to our villagers there is no point staying as elected panchayat members,” said Debe Madhi, a Congress member.
Zilla Parishad member from Kalimela and Congress leader Sahadeba Matam also decried the government negligence in building motorable roads to the villages. “We have decided to resign,” he said.
State home department officials admitted that the resignation would send a message that Maoists are calling the shots. The panchayati raj institution members who attended the CMAS meeting on Thursday met the Kalimela BDO to reiterate their threat.