Malkangiri: Demanding basic amenities, locals of at least four panchayats in Chitrakonda area today organised a huge congregation at Khajuripada village.
Thousands of tribals from four panchayats gathered at Khajuripada village and held a prajameli (large public meeting) to discuss about several developmental issues plaguing their area.
The tribals claimed that they are deprived of the benefit of various government schemes in their area. Besides, the tribals also demanded panchayat status for Muduliguda.
Earlier, on June 28, the locals had held a similar gathering demanding panchayat status for Muduliguida. The administration had also assured them to look into the matter. Despite the promise, no steps were taken by the authorities, they alleged. Following this, the locals once again gathered to press for their demands.
Moreover, the agitators have threatened to intensify their protest if their demands are not taken into consideration.