Farmers’ body stages rally in city today

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Bhubaneswar: Thousands of farmers from across Odisha are staging a huge demonstration under the banner of Navnirman Krushak Sangathan (NKS) at Lower PMG Square here on Wednesday demanding fulfillment of their various demands.

According to sources, farmers from across the state took out of a rally after gathering in large numbers at Cuttack railway station yesterday.

“The government should not run away from its responsibilities. It needs to admit the suicide of farmers and compensate the next of kin of the deceased. Besides, we demand of Rs 5, 000 per month pension scheme for 36 lakh farmers so that their future is taken care of,” said NKS leader and Aama Odisha Party (AOP) President Soumya Ranjan Patnaik.

The farmers are set to hold a large demonstration at Lower PMG Square here after a night halt near Hanspal to press their long pending demands such as implementation of pension scheme for farmers , payment of compensation to the kin of farmers who committed suicide, higher minimum support price, better procurement facilities, better social accord and drought compensation, among others, sources added.

“We are demanding that the government should give pension to farmers from the age of 20. Besides, we are holding this huge rally to ensure prestige, price and pension for all farmers across the state,” said Seshadeb Nanda, a member of the association.

Meanwhile, the BJD defended the state government saying it has actively supported farmers through various schemes.

“The state government has fixed minimum support price for farmers and at different points of time, government takes steps to provide more bonus and financial assistance. So, there is no point in pressing demands like this,” said BJD spokesperson Rabinarayan Nanda.

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