Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Nuapada, Oct 17:
Another farmer allegedly committed suicide today adding to the unabated number of cultivators’ deaths despite announcement of drought package by the Odisha government recently.
Gendaram Majhi, a resident of Kuliabandha village under Sadar block in Nuapada district ended life today by consuming poison at his home allegedly due to loan burden.
The deceased had cultivated paddy crop over 5 and half acres of land for which he had availed loan from various sources. He had taken loan from friends and relatives of Rs 15,000 rupees and an amount of Rs 25,000 from a co-operative bank.
He was depressed due to bad crops owing to deficient rainfall this monsoon and took the extreme step this morning by consuming poison.
He was rushed to Nuapada hospital in a serious condition where he died. Following this, BJP leaders sat on a dharna demanding compensation to the deceased. BJP legislative party leader and local MLA Basant Panda also visited the hospital and met the family members of the deceased farmer.
Meanwhile, Red Cross has donated Rs 15,000 as compensation to the family of the deceased.
Notably, Nuapada along with Bolangir, Jharsuguda, and Bargarh were added earlier prepared list of 12 drought-hit districts such as Baleswar, Boudh, Jajpur, Kalahandi, Kandhamal, Keonjhar, Khurda, Mayurbhanj, Nabarangpur, Nayagarh, Puri and Subarnapur.
Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Wednesday had announced drought assistance to the farmers facing crop loss of 33 percent and above. Odisha government declared drought-like situation on the basis of eye estimation in as many as 123 blocks in 16 districts.