Bhuabneswar: Farmers’ body Navnirman Krishak Sangathan (NNKS) has called for a 12-hours bandh in Odisha to protest against the poor policies of the Naveen Patnaik government.
The convenor of NNKS said that they were forced to give the bandh call after their demands were rejected by Naveen Patnaik-led BJD government.
They also have demanded for a proper minimum support price (MSP) on paddy pension for the farmers. They have received support from both the Opposition parties the Congress and the BJP.
The state Congress chief Niranjan Patnaik had announced his party’s support to the outfit’s bandh call on Tuesday saying that the farmers are their top priority. While the BJP too has extended their support to NNKS’s bandh call saying that the state government has always throttled the farmers’ voice. “The farmers have rights to express their opinion and protest in a democracy. The state government has time and again tried to throttle their voice. We will protest the anti-farmer policies of the state government,” Panda said.
The convenor of NNKS Akshya Kumar told that the State Government had appealed to the outfit to refrain from organising the bandh on February 21 in view of the annual high school examination, which has been rejected.
Normal life has been affected in several parts of the State due to the bandh.
In Bhubaneswar, members of the NNKS staged protests near Patia-Nandankanan road early in the morning and blocked roads by burning tyres. Similar protests were also witnessed near Master Canteen area and other places of the city.
As many as 10 farmers from Patia-Nandankanan road in Bhubaneswar, over 20 from NH-16 in Bhadrak and more than 30 farmers from Jagatsinghpur bus stand were taken into preventive custody by police during their protests over price, pension & prestige.
“We are demanding price, pension and prestige but this Odisha govt is coming up with KALIA Scheme and PEETHA Scheme which in no way is going to benefit farmers. We will give a befitting reply in the upcoming elections,” alleged an agitating farmer in Bhubaneswar.