seeks steps to protect Buddhist monuments in jajpur
STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE
Jajpur, 4 September
The Opposition Congress alleged that the district administration has failed to take effective steps to protect Buddhist monuments as well as free government land occupied by unscrupulous elements.
Hundreds of Congress workers took part in a rally and dharna organised by Dharmasala unit of the party here to highlight the sensitive issues.
Led by the block president Mr Rajkishore Nayak, the rally started from Jemasuni temple, and after moving around the locality, culminated at the tehsil office.
Senior Congress leaders including former Dharmasala legislator Kangali Charan Panda and DCC president Srinath Mishra among others participated in the dharna and protest meeting.
“Minor mineral mafias at the behest of the local ruling party leaders have been looting minerals in broad day light from the hills where Buddhist monuments are located. Though the hills are protected monuments declared by the government the mafias are looting them in connivance of the local revenue officials who are supposed to be the custodians. The administration has failed to take necessary steps and it seems it is instead shielding the looters,” said ex-MLA Mr Panda.
The Congress leaders also sought to highlight the eviction of a widow who used to reside on a government land for the last so many years, pointing out that it was an inhuman act.
“A poor widow, who has been staying with her family in a government land for the last so many years, was evicted by the tehsildar without serving any notice to her. The administration could have acted in a more humane manner. How could the same administration turn a blind eye to acres and acres of valuable government land getting encroached by influential people?” said another speaker.
A memorandum addressed to the governor Mr SC Jamir was submitted on the occasion.