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Farmers’ body calls for Odisha bandh on February 21

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Bhubaneswar: Reiterating their demand for price, prestige and pension, the Naba Nirman Krushak Sangathan (NKSS), an outfit of farmers, called for Odisha bandh on February 21.

This was informed by NKSS National Convener Akshaya Kumar in press conference here this afternoon. “We have decided to call for Odisha bandh as the State government with the help of police didn’t allow us to join a mega rally in Bhubaneswar on February 6,” Kumar added.

He further said that the State government should immediately fulfill the demands of the farmers’ community, or else, the government will pay a heavy price in future. “The government should increase the bonus on every quintal of paddy as a kind gesture to the hard works done by farmers. If the government doesn’t pay heed to our demands, we will show our strength at right time,” Kumar threatened.

Notably, farmers under the banner NKSS have been staging protests, demonstrations and rallies at different places across the State for the last few years demanding appropriate price for their produce, prestige and pension.