Odisha farmers to launch ‘Jan Satyagraha Padayatra’

Bhubaneswar: Accusing the Odisha government of being indifferent towards their long-standing demands of fair price, pension and prestige, the Naba Nirman Krushak Sangathan (NNKS) on Monday announced that it will launch an 8-day ‘Jan Satyagraha Padayatra’ starting from October 29.

The padayatra will begin on October 29 and continue till November 5. The farmers’ association has been demanding fair price, pension and prestige for 36 lakh farmers of the State for the past eight years but the government is not paying heed to the demands, said convenor of NNKS, Akshay Kumar.

“We demand a security allowance of Rs 5000 per month for all the 36 lakh farmers and for that the State government must come up with an annual budget allocation of Rs 21,600 crore for farmers. If the government fails to do so, 50,000 farmers from Kuakhia area in Bhubaneswar and 50,000 farmers from Balugaon will begin padayatra on October 29. There will be a gathering of 3 lakh farmers in Bhubaneswar on November 5,” Kumar added.

He further threatened the State government stating that NNKS will create an emergency-like situation resulting in President’s rule in the State, if the government doesn’t listen to their demands.