Vikash Sharma

Despite tall claims by Odisha government for the welfare of farmers, a farmer in Bolangir district is now moving from pillar to post to get his grievances heard. Unable to sell his paddy, the farmer from Bhaludungiri village in Bolangir has now requested the administration to allow him for Ganja cultivation.

The farmer, identified as Nilambar Biswal, has submitted a letter addressed to the Collector through Tehsildar seeking permission to cultivate Ganja.

As per reports, Biswal had cultivated paddy in 15 acre of his farmland. Despite bringing his produce to the mandi, the paddy has not been lifted for the last 18 days.

“I have been issued token for 78 quintal of paddy and it is almost 18 days that paddy is yet to be lifted. I have written to the administration to allow me cultivate ganja if there is problem in lifting of paddy,” said Biswal.

Biswal further said that the administration is carrying out works as per the instructions of the millers. It is for this nexus that the farmers are suffering and forced to go for distress sale.

“If my paddy is not lifted, I will be forced to end my life,” Biswal added.

Bolangir Collector, Chanchal Rana said, “I have not received any letter and it will not be appropriate to comment on the issue. However, we will take appropriate steps if we get any complaint.”