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Odisha’s elderly woman approaches PMO seeking justice


Balasore: An elderly woman from Odisha’s Balasore district approached the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) in New Delhi seeking justice for her.

After not getting any assistance and assurance from the district administration in land litigation issue, the poor old woman along with her divyang son decided to move New Delhi to meet Prime Minister and to beg for justice.

She has returned Odisha on Thursday following 20-day stay in Delhi.

According to reports, Kamala Nayak (65) of Khandayat sahi of Kupari panchayat under Khaira block of Balasore district had approached the district administration alleging illegal occupation of her land by neighbour after her husband’s death. After the local administration failed to resolve the issue, she finally wrote to Prime Minister to express her grief. Even on the directive of PMO, the district administration did not take any action against the illegal occupant and return her land.

She alleged that her neighbour illegally occupied her property land, the only asset which was bought by her husband and mother-in-law at Hatimanda Gengutia area. The poor old woman had approached the collector for the justice, but she could not get back her property. In January, she had written to PMO, which directed the State Chief Secretary to resolve the land dispute. The Tehsildar had also conducted the measurement process of the land, but the issue remained unresolved.

Finally, she along with her son Biswambhar (28) moved New Delhi in July to meet Prime Minister. She boarded on Sampark Kranti train from Soro railway station on July 12 to New Delhi. She stayed at Odisha Bhawan in the national capital and met PMO joint secretary Haripada Das and a number of political leaders including Jual Oram, Dharmendra Pradhan, Balasore MP Rabindra Jena and Bhadrak MP Arjun Sethy to express her grief. After getting assurance from them, she returned Odisha.

She said that all the financial assistance along with the train ticket charge were provided by the PMO to reach Delhi.

Before reaching at Balasore railway station, Khaira Tehsildar Ramesh Kumar Jena and other officials were waiting for her. She was taken to the Soro court where she filed a land grab case against her neighbour.

The district administration will provide all sorts of legal assistance to Kamala in the case, said Collector Pramod Kumar Das.