Odishatv Bureau

Bargarh: Leaders of the farmers’ body Nabanirman Krusak Sangathan (NKS) today demanded an ex-gratia of Rs 10 lakh for family members of Brunda Sahu, who committed suicide on Wednesday over crop damage due to pest attack.

NKS convener Akshay Kumar stated the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund should provide compensation to protect the interest of farmers. "We have been repeatedly saying provision should be made for price, prestige and pension to farmers. No farmer would commit suicide if the issue is addressed," Kumar added.

Advisor to the farmers’ body Soumya Ranjan Patnaik, who also visited Sahu’s family, stated the ruling and Opposition parties should refrain from politicising the matter.

Patnaik said, "Firstly, the government should accept that cases of farmer suicide are happening in the State. The government should take steps to ensure no farmer commits suicide further."

Meanwhile, after the OTV telecast that Sahu’s wife is critically ill, the district administration sent a medical team to examine her.

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Also, a BJP team led by the party’s State chief Basant Panda met Sahu’s family today.

Yesterday, OPCC chief Prasad Harichandan met Sahu’s family members and expressed his sympathy.

Brunda Sahu of Kalapani had committed suicide by consuming poison on Wednesday, a day after torching his crops out of distress over pest attack.

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