Kendrapara, March 31 (LocalWire): Around 20,000 people from several villages under Rajkanika block in Kendrapara district launched a ‘No water, no vote’ campaign on Sunday.
Parinuapada, Habalaganda, Kaithapala and Uganga villages of the block are close to the river Kharosotra yet are plagued by the scarcity of drinking water.
‘We are facing acute shortage of drinking water. Nine tube-wells in our village are not functioning since the last two years and villagers have to walk a kilometer every day to collect water from our nearby village, Patana,’ said Lipika Jana of Uganga.
‘Authorities have not made any effort to address the issue. Outbreak of epidemic is feared in many villages because of the shortage of drinking water,’ said Amita Jena of Parinuapada.
Pramila Sethi of Uganga said, ‘During the last Assembly and Parliamentary elections, the leaders across political parties assured to solve the water crisis but failed to keep their promises after being elected.’
‘As the 29 April elections draw near, the candidates are again promising mega water schemes after winning. But we have no faith on them and have decided to boycott the coming polls,’ said Nalini Das of Kaithapala.
We have given a clear message to politicians visiting the area to seek votes ‘no water, no vote,’ said Sulochana Jena of Habalaganda village.
‘We are parched. In fact, many elderly people and children are dying of thirst this summer. The politicians just come to us for votes but do not care about us,’ said Ajaya Mallick of Ujanga village.
District collector, Dasarathi Satapathy said, ‘The administration has directed all the BDOs and the officials of rural water and sanitation department to repair the tube-wells and to supply water in tankers to the villages where there is drinking water scarcity.’