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Odisha farmers’ body slams govt for poor allocation in agri budget

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Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, June 24:

The Odisha Krushak Sangh (OKS) has flayed the state government for poor allocation of funds  for Agriculture in the 2014-15 budget presented in the ongoing session of the State Assembly.

In a release here, OKS president Ajay Kumar Jena said the state government, which had allocated 11 percent of the total budgetary allocation for Agriculture in its 2013-14 annual budget has made the same amount of allocation in the much bigger 2014-15 annual budget.

Terming the allocation as utterly discouraging for the state agriculture sector as well as the farmers, he said there has been no monetary provision for the social security of the farmers in the budget.

Stating that the state government has completely ignored the demands of several farmers’ bodies of the state prior to the presentation of the budget to earmark at least 25 percent of the budgetary allocations for Agriculture, Jena said the Sangh would resort to a statewide agitation soon in support of its demands.