No To Netas


As the State Government denied permission to the agitating farmers to hold a convention in the State Capital, the farmers have threatened the leaders of Governing BJD not to allow them to villages.

The Ruling Party has been criticized as it denied farmers to speak out their grievances and exercise their democratic rights.

It is another matter that the State Government apprehended that the farmers’ agitation may get violent as it has the support of both the main oppositions parties like Congress and BJP.

The farmers Pada Jatra was stopped at Khandagiri and near Pahal by the Police and the agitators were not allowed entry into the State Capital. They were arrested and taken to the Police Custody.

The farmers have not created any violence other than breaking the prohibitory order under section 144 of CrPC.
What has happened may be right in the eyes of the Police and the Administration, but the action taken by the Government sounds political incorrect as a message has gone down to villages that State Authorities did not allow farmers to enter the State Capital.

“The Government has not allowed farmers to enter Bhubaneswar, the farmers on their part will not allow leaders into their villages,” said Naba Nirman Krushak Sangathan (NNKS) convener Akshya Kumar after being arrested along with hundreds of farmers at Khandagiri.
Had the farmers been given opportunity to speak out at their convention, may be at any place other than Mahatma Gandhi Marg in the Bhubaneswar limit, might have reduced their anger against the Government.
Now after being denied entry into the State Capital, they have returned to village with seething anger in their hearts. This may cause harm for the Governing BJD, feel political observers.
Meanwhile, the State Government earlier in the day constituted an Inter-Ministerial Committee to discuss the demands of agitating farmers.
Finance Minister Sashi Bhusan Behera, who will head the Inter-Ministerial committee, appealed to the farmers to have faith in the Government and return to their villages.
"Odisha Government stands committed to the cause of farmers' welfare. The inter-ministerial committee will discuss the demands of farmers," he told reporters.

He said Odisha was one of the first states to have an exclusive budget for agriculture and farmers' empowerment.

"The State Government has been providing loans at one per cent interest to farmers and our irrigation budget has had the maximum growth in the last 10 years," Mr.Behera said.

Officials said the State Agriculture, Panchayati Raj and Cooperation Ministers would be part of the Inter-Ministerial Committee(IMC).

The farmers, agitating under the banner of Naba Nirman Krushak Sangathan (NNKS), rejected the IMC.
He said the agitators have been demanding fair price, pension and prestige for 36 lakh farmers of the state for the past eight years but the State Government is not paying heed.

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