Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Nuapada, Nov 13:
At a time when the elected government of Odisha is reluctant to accept that there have been large scale farmer suicides in the state, the Maoists have voiced their support for the farmers and urged them to refrain from taking to the extreme step.
In a cunning move that might spell trouble for the government, the red rebels have asked the farmers to take to the revolutionary path to get what they deserve.
“About five- six farmers have committed suicide in Nuapada district. We call upon the farmers to refrain from committing suicide. India is a rich country. They should fight for their rights,” said Buddhuram Paharia, Spokesperson of Nuapada-Mainapur division of Maoist Committee.
“The drought condition is grim districts such as Nuapada, Kalahandi and Nabarangpur of Odisha and Gariaband, Dhamtari and Kanker of Chhatisgarh. The governments are yet to announce any special package in these six drought-affected districts. We demand that the governments take necessary measures,” he added.
Besides, Paharia also asked the government to prevent the Dadana (bonded labor) exodus from western parts of Odisha by providing sufficient jobs.
Presenting their list of demands to the government through the reporters, Paharia asked to provide compensation of Rs 40,000 per acre to the affected farmers, Rs 5 lakh compensation to the next of kin of the farmers who committed suicide, waiver of all loans and all kinds of taxes, facilitation of new loans, ration card, seeds and fertilizers free of cost among others.