By Odisha Story Bureau, Bhubaneswar:
Farmers united under the banner of Navnirman Krushak Sangathan (NKS) demanding MSP and Pension
After Mumbai, it was the turn of the Odisha assembly to face protests by farmers as thousands of them launched a dharna from yesterday.
The farmers are demanding a hike in the minimum support price (MSP) of paddy to Rs5,000 per quintal. They are also seeking a pension of Rs5,000 per month for the state’s 36 lakh farmers including few other demands.
The farmers, who came from different districts of the state under the banner of Navnirman Krushak Sangathan (NKS), demanded that they be paid pension on attaining 60 years of age.
NKS’s advisor, Soumya Ranjan Patnaik, has recently joined the ruling Biju Janata Dal and has filed his nomination for the Rajya Sabha elections.
It’s buzzing that, this protest was government driven. Odisha Government may soon fulfill few of their demands and the strike will be called off. Later NKS may become an asset for the ruling party against union government.