BJP Begins Farm Protest

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) launched 10-day long State wide protests against the State Government over pathetic state of affairs in Farm Sector.

BJP leaders and workers staged demonstrations at all the Block Headquarters across the State alleging that the callous approach of the Government had failed to stop pest attack on the paddy crops during this year’s Kharif season that led to massive crops loss.
The protests shall continue till November 17, announced BJP Legislature Party Leader Kanak Vardhan Singh Deo.
“The pest attacks started during September-end but it was ignored by the State Government and the substandard quality of pesticides, approved by the Government, has come to fore now.” Mr.Singh Deo had also targeted the State Agriculture Minister Damodar Rout for insulting the helpless farmers with his toxic remarks.
The State Government on Monday announced a Pest management Package for the farmers affected by pest attack in different areas of the state during this Kharif season.

 According to official sources, a whopping 1.78 lakh hectare land in nine districts in western Odisha have been damaged by massive pest attack.

In last ten days, nine farmers have ended their lives over crop loss due to pest attack.

Meanwhile, several State Congress leaders, including Pradesh Congress Committee President Prasad Harichandan and former PCC president Jaydev Jena were detained in Bargarh today by police as the party held a protest rally in front of the Bargarh district Collectorate to condemn the alleged suicide of a farmer due to crop loss and debt burden.

Hundreds of party workers were seen gathered near the District Collector’s office holding the party’s flags and chanting slogans against the State Government and district administration.
The protestors held the mega farmers’ rally in a bid to sharpen its attack on the Naveen Patnaik Government for its insensitiveness towards the farmers leading to their suicides.

Last week, Mr.Harichandan and other Congress leaders visited Baragarh and met the family members of the farmer Brunda Sahu, who committed suicide a day after torching his pest affected paddy field.

He demanded the Government to admit the suicide of farmers due to crop loss and pay a compensation of Rs 20 lakh to the family of the deceased farmer.
“The farmers are torching their pest affected crops due to the government’s negligence in giving proper attention to the farmers”, said Mr.Harichandan.

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