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Odishatv Bureau

Bargarh: Seven from among a group of farmers staging hunger strike before the Padampur Sub-Collector office in Bargarh district were admitted to the  sub-divisional hospital after they complained of ill health on Tuesday.

The farmer body has been on strike since Monday demanding expedition of the proposed mega irrigation project over Ong river.

"All those who complained of dehydration have been administered saline and their condition is stated to be stable," informed Padampur Sub-Collector Daulat Chandrakar.

Meanwhile, the agitating farmers before the Padampur Sub-Collectorate, continued their indefinite  strike demanding fulfilment of their charter of demands, including insurance in fisheries sector, farm loan waiver, agricultural input subsidy, pension for farmers and drinking water supply to every household.

"My father is a farmer and I can understand the problems of a farmer. I want the completion of the irrigation project over Ong river at the earliest so that villagers in the area are ensured drinking water supply," said an agitator.

On the other hand, a different group of farmers and families of Padmapur sub-division who are opposing the project, have written to President Ramnath Kovind, seeking permission for euthanasia.

The villagers claimed that over 6,288 families of 32 mouzas will be displaced if the project is commissioned.

Meanwhile, the district administration is trying to hold talks with both groups and resolve the impasse.

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