Opp brings adjournment motion in Assembly; farmers stage demo

Bhubaneswar: Dissatisfied with the ‘anti-farmer’ agricultural policy of the state government which is ‘forcing’ farmers across the state to resort to distress sale of paddy, Opposition Congress on Tuesday moved adjournment motion to discuss on the issue.
Before the house assembled, members of the Opposition requested the speaker to discuss on the farmers' issues in zero hour which the latter accepted.
Yesterday, the speaker after agreeing to discuss on the matter had called an all-party meeting. But the discussion remained inconclusive prompting the speaker to adjourn the house till Tuesday.
Meanwhile, farmers across 11 districts of western Odisha have called for a bandh today from 12 noon to 4 pm over fulfillment of their 15-point charter of demands.
Under the aegis of ‘Paschima Odisha Krushaka Sanghathan Samanwaya Samiti’ farmers of 10 districts of western Odisha along with Angul are joining the bandh, said sources.
Demand of the farmers include bonus of Rs 300 per quintal of paddy on minimum support price (MSP), amendment in insurance policy, formation of a Agriculture Commission, pension for peasants and restriction on micro finance companies.
Earlier, on October 31, farmers of 11 districts had staged a sit-in in front of RDC office and submitted a memorandum addressed to the Chief Minister.