Demonstration at 11 collectors’ offices over farmer suicides, drought

Sambalpur: The Western Odisha farmers’ association will stage demonstrations in front of the offices of collectors of 11 districts. The association along with farmers will stage the demonstrations in Sambalpur, Bolangir, Bargarh, Sonepur, Boudh, Nuapara, Kalahandi, Deogarh, Jharsuguda, Sundergarh and Angul districts.

According to sources, the association had decided to launch the stir from 10:00 AM at an emergency meeting earlier. The association rejected the recently-announced Drought assistance package and demanded loan waiver for debt-ridden farmers, irrigation infrastructure for non-irrigated and publication of a white paper on farmer suicides.