Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Oct 25:
Odisha Congress will organize a farmers’ rally at Bolangir on Nov 6 to protest against inaction of state government to contain the drought situation and farmer suicide.
“We would arrange a mega rally of farmers at Bolangir on Nov 6 demanding the district to be announced as a drought hit district. We would also force the government to take necessary steps to let the farmers and labourers live a life,” said Bolangir MLA and Leader of Opposition in Odisha Assembly Narasingha Mishra.
The call by Congress is also being supported by the District Farmers’ Association.
“We want the government to declare Bolangir to be a complete drought hit district and initiate corrective measures accordingly. Besides, they need to take requisite measures to prevent the farmer suicide. A huge farmers’ protest would take place and the Agriculture Minister would be responsible for the consequences if our demands are not met,” warned Sudhir Kumar Parichha of Bolangir Farmers’ Association.
It may be noted that Bolangir has been one of the worst victims of droughts this year and at least three instances of farmer suicide have already been reported from this district in October itself. One of the most backward districts of the state, power supply and irrigation have been consistent problems for the farmers of the district.
On a recent visit to the district on October 1, even though the Agriculture Minister Pradeep Maharathy promised to get 20 transformers set up at Lift Irrigation points to address drought condition in certain pockets, the promise is yet to be realized. Interestingly, the minister had also promised to visit the district and inspect drought condition at the ground in third week of October but that never took place.
“I have asked the Energy Minister to set up 20 transformers at various LI points of the district within seven days. This would irrigate 1000 acres of land. I will come back here on a two day field tour and visit Khaprakhol and Turekela in the third week of this month to see the ground condition,” Maharathy had said.