Odisha forms committee to hold talks with Andhra Pradesh to resolve disputes

Bhubaneswar: As decided by the Odisha Chief Minister and his Andhra Pradesh counterpart during a joint meeting, the Odisha government today formed an eight-member committee to discuss on outstanding issues with the neighbouring State.

The committee will be headed by the Chief Secretary and Chief Development Commissioner. Other seven members of the committee – Development Commissioner-cum-Additional Chief Secretary, Additional Chief Secretary of Home Department, Principal Secretary of Revenue and DM Department, Principal Secretary of Water Resources Department, Principal Secretary of Energy Department, Principal Secretary of Secretary of Schools and Mass Education department and Principal Secretary of Higher Education department.

On November 9, 2021 a joint meeting was held between Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and his Andhra Pradesh counterpart YS Jagan Mohan Reddy to resolve bilateral outstanding issues of mutual interest between both the States,

The Chief Ministers decided that Chief Secretaries of both the states will be set up an institutional mechanism to deliberate on outstanding issues and find a solution that is in the best interest of the people of Odisha and Andhra Pradesh. Disputes on water resources, common boundary and energy, and left-wing extremism were discussed during the meeting.

During the discussion in Convention Centre at Lok Seva Bhawan in Bhubaneswar both the Chief Ministers decided to work closely on resolving the issues relating to a) Kotia group of village and any other boundary dispute, b) Neradi Barrage, c) Jhanjavathi reservoir, d) Polavaram, e) release of water for Bahuda river, f) mutual NOCs for the Balimela nd Upper Sileru in energy sector.

Both the states also resolved to extend support towards tackling the problem of left-wing extremism and ganja cultivation.

Patnaik and Reddy further decided both the state will work towards setting up a chair for Odia and Telugu languages in BR Ambedkar University, Srikakulam and Berhampur University, respectively. Besides, appointment of language teachers in schools in border districts of the two States, supply of books and conduct of language examination will be taken up.

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