Odisha farmers protest demanding price, pension, prestige

Keonjhar: Over a thousand farmers took out a protest march to the District Collector’s office in Keonjhar today demanding price, pension and prestige.

Farmers under the banner of Nabanirman Krushak Sangathan arrived from various places and marched to the District Collector’s office shouting slogans demanding special provisions for farmers.

National Coordinator of Nabanirman Krushak Sangathan, Akshay Kumar said “This is the last warning by the farmers’ community. If the state government doesn’t pay heed to our demands, then 3 lakh farmers from across the State will walk to Bhubaneswar from November 29 to December 5 with their demands.”

“The farmers in the state are committing suicide under loan burden. We want the state government to waive off loans and make provisions for pension for the farmers,” said senior journalist, Rabi Das.

The farmers have been demanding a budgetary allocation of Rs 28,600 crore. If the budget is not presented by October 28, they have threatened to take out a protest march to Bhubaneswar from November 29 to December 5.

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