Thursday, October 19, 2017

W ODISHA FARMERS’ RALLY IN STATE CAPITAL ON OCT 30 Saturday, 14 October 2017 | PNS | BALANGIR | in Bhubaneswar


 |  | BALANGIR | in Bhubaneswar

With a view to appraising the Government about the problems of farmers, a State-level farmers’ convention called the Krushak Adhikar Chetababni Samabesh will be held at Bhubaneswar on October 30.
The farmers would demand fulfilment of an 8-point charter of demands. This was announced to mediapersons at Balangir on Friday morning jointly by Convener of Paschim Odisha Krushak Sangathan Samannwaya Samiti Ashok Pradhan.
The demands include implementation of MS Swaminathan Committee recommendations for hike in MSP of agricultural products, early declaration of drought affected Panchyats, making available labour intensive work, a permanent solution for recurring drought, construction of barrage over Mahanadi, review of Pradhan Mantri Krisi Bima Yojana, simplified procedure to assess crop loss, construction of cold storage, godown and Mandi, besides enactment of law for sharecroppers’ benefit.
The Government of Odisha which has adopted a resolution in the State Assembly to fix minimum support price of paddy at Rs 2,930 per quintal  should give a bonus of Rs 500 to the farmers, demanded Samiti convenor Lingraj.
When the farmers are going through a deep crisis and this year there is widespread drought, why all the agricultural loans of farmers be not waived? asked activist Saroj. He said that the agricultural loans of farmers stands at Rs 12 lakh crore. When the Government is lenient enough to waive loans of the industries running into lakhs of crores of rupees, why the same gesture be not shown to the farmers, he asked further.

Meanwhile, the Samiti has flagged off the Krushak Adhikar Chetana Jatra from October 8 from Sambalpur which would cover eight districts of western Odisha and conclude at Bargarh on October 16. Among others Arun Mishra and Laxman Hota spoke.

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