Dissatisfaction with Kesinga Panchayat Samiti Meetings: Only 6 Meetings in 27 Months

Kesinga: A significant concern has arisen regarding the meeting frequency of Kesinga Panchayat Samiti, a key administrative body in Kalahandi district. As per rules, a meeting should be conducted every two months. However, it has been noted that this rule is not being adhered to. Over the past 27 months, only 6 out of the mandated 13 meetings have taken place.

Among these 6 meetings, 2 were specifically convened for the selection of the block chairman and vice-chairman, typically not covering other crucial topics. The Panchayat Samiti meetings are essential for discussing and planning solutions for various critical issues, including developmental work, drinking water and sanitation, public distribution system, agriculture, education, women and child development, forest products, livestock, horticulture, electricity, unemployment, etc.

In detail, the meetings occurred as follows:
– March 2022: Selection of the chairman
– March 2022: Selection of the vice-chairman
– May 18, 2022
– October 10, 2022
– June 26, 2023
– November 17, 2023

Since then, no meetings have been held. Intellectual circles are abuzz with discussions on this irregularity, suggesting favoritism by the Block Chairman and Block Development Officer (BDO). There is a prevailing suspicion that timely meetings are avoided to prevent exposure of corruption and irregularities.

The Sarpanch Association has formally complained about the infrequent meetings. Despite this, the Kesinga Panchayat Samiti has failed to comply with the bi-monthly meeting rule, leaving the community shocked and concerned. Additionally, there are allegations of significant irregularities in the grants received for the financial year 2023-24, which is suspected to be a reason behind the irregular meetings.

Sunil Kumar Dhangadamajhi

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