Statesman News Service 
Koraput, 6 January
The impasse over the resignation of the panchayati raj institution (PRI) members of Bandhugaon block in Koraput continues even after a month as the district administration has not yet  succeeded in convincing them to withdraw their decision. 
All the 23 PRI members of the block put in their papers last month to protest the alleged lack of development works in the region. The administration, however, is yet to accept the resignations. 
Sources said that the aggrieved elected representatives are not averse to reconsider their decision provided that the administration fulfills their demands on development in the backward area. The PRI members were persuaded by senior officials to rethink the matter on Friday.  
“The PRI members from Bandhugaon have faith on the promises made by the district administration. We had put forth nine demands in sectors like education, irrigation, health and livelihood opportunities in the block. The assurances given by the administrations need to be practically delivered at the grassroots and then we may think of withdrawing our resignation papers,” said Ms Pidika Ambe, chairperson of Bandhugaon block.
The zilla parishad member, Mr Konda Chambera Lachha informed that they would meet in the block and discuss the matter. 
“We will have an elaborate deliberation before taking a call in the issue. We will have to consider several things,” he said. 
The district administration exuded confidence that the PRI members would withdraw their resignation. 
“While the PRI members were assured of steps to be taken in resolving all the genuine issues raised by them, there was a need of empowering them on various schemes and policies of the government for generating a conducive atmosphere in the region for achieving growth with collective effort,” said collector Mr Sachin Jadhav.