Farmers’ mega convention in Bhubaneswar today

Bhubaneswar: Around three lakh farmers under the aegis of Naba Nirman Krushak Sangathan (NNKS) will hit the streets of Bhubaneswar today to pressurise the government to fulfil their long-standing demands of price, pension and prestige.

With the Assembly Budget Session underway, NNKS national convenor Akshay Kumar had threatened to go on an indefinite strike if the government fails to announce provisions in the budget for the Odisha farmers.

Kumar has alleged that the government is trying to foil the mega rally and farmers’ convention in Bhubaneswar. He said several farmers who are on way to join the rally are being detained and stopped by police at various places. Kumar further stated that police have detained the NNKS State Convenor Seshadev Nanda.

“Government won’t be successful and we will organise the convention. Our demands of price, pension and prestige will be intensified”, said Kumar.

Meanwhile, hundreds of farmers who were forcibly stopped at Bhubaneswar Railway Station from joining the mega farmers’ convention staged a dharna and protested against the police action.

In Mayurbhanj too, farmers turned up in huge numbers to stage blockade near College Chhak on Udala-Baripada road after allegedly being detained & prevented by police to join the farmers’ convention.

Reportedly, the farming community has been demanding a security allowance of Rs 5000 per month for nearly 36 lakh farmers of the State with an annual budget allocation of Rs 21,600 crore.

Around 3 lakh farmers from 30 districts will congregate today to gherao the Odisha Assembly demanding allocation of necessary funds for the community in the upcoming budget.

“We have been demanding a security allowance of Rs 5000 per month for 36 lakh farmers. If the government doesn’t make any announcement on security allowance, again 36 lakh farmers will march towards Bhubaneswar to question the government,” Kumar had said earlier.

Kumar had also stated that the State government has tried to divert the issue and their demands by implementing KALIA scheme. Despite forming ministerial level committees twice to resolve the issue, the government has not been able to take any concrete decision to look into our demands. Shockingly, the State government has tried to divert the issue by implementing ‘KALIA’ scheme,” Kumar had said.