Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Nov 3:
The spokesperson of ruling Biju Janata Dal (BJD) today informed that the Odisha government would issue a white paper on farmer deaths across the state.
BJD spokesperson Pratap Keshari Deb said the government has received death report of 48 people so far and an inquiry is going on to ascertain the reason behind the deaths.
The government was concerned about the rising number of such deaths and it would issue a white paper on the deaths, he added.
Earlier, principal opposition parties Congress and BJP had demanded white paper on alleged farmer suicides in the state.
Pradesh Congress Committee President Prasad Harichandan yesterday said that the party would gherao all block offices on November 6 in protest against farmer suicides and state government’s negligence.
Notably, a total of 139 out of the 314 blocks in the state in 21 districts have been declared drought-affected.