Jagatsinghpur: Fighting for farmers' rights is equivalent to the second freedom struggle, said social activist Anna Hazare at the Jai Kisan Samabesh in Jagatsinghpur district of Odisha today.
The convention demanding price, pension and prestige for farmers was held on the premises of Jagatsinghpur Collectorate by Navnirman Krushak Sangathan.
"Farmers gathering have been organised in eight States and I will tour throughout the country in coming days. The fight has started, going to jail for welfare of farmers and country is a pride for us," said Hazare.
He demanded that a farmer should receive 1.5 times the money he/she spends towards agriculture and a farmer beyond 60 years should be entitled to receive pension.
Hazare also paid tributes to former Chief Minister of Odisha and freedom fighter Nabakrushna Choudhury on the occasion of his 116th birth anniversary today.
Hazare also sought a pledge from all to quit drinking.
"Has anyone heard that a person becoming strong by drinking liquor or smoking cigarettes? One will only get cancer and tuberculosis by consuming them. People don't think who they are, from where they came, what is their responsibility and where they have to go. They only live to eat and drink," he said.