PARLAKHEMUNDI:In a small village of Gajapati district, people are enjoying Government benefits of two States – Odisha and Andhra Pradesh.
Madhiyakhol village in Gangabada panchayat of Rayagada block of the district is just five km away from neighbouring Andhra Pradesh. Its residents have ration cards and voter ID cards of both the States.
According to reports of Gajapati administration, Madhiyakhol village is home to 100 people residing in 25 houses. Most of them are daily labourers and some depend on agriculture.
While Rayagada block administration has constructed a concrete approach road to the village and sanctioned funds to five families to build houses under Indira Awas Yojana, the Andhra Pradesh Government has recently installed poles for solar lighting system in the village. Sarpanch of Gangabada panchayat Haribandhu Karjee said, the poles were installed in the village by officials of Mandasa Mandalam of Andhra Pradesh who had visited the village a few days back.
Karjee said the village is located within Gangabada panchayat but villagers exercise their franchise in elections of both the States.
Some of them also collected ration under the old Public Distribution System from both Gajapati and Mandasa Mandalam. As the border is porous, many villagers from Andhra Pradesh come to Gangabada to cultivate agricultural lands in shift cultivation method, he informed. “I have brought this matter to the notice of the block administration. There are two panchayats, Kerandi and Gangabada of Rayagada block bordering Andhra Pradesh,” said Zilla Parishad member of Rayagada block Antaryami Gomango.
Block Development Officer Biswajeet Barman said, he has asked the Additional Tehsildar of the panchayat to submit a detailed report on the issue. He said the block administration has been carrying out development works in the village so that locals are not influenced by the Andhra Pradesh officials.