Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Oct 27:
Union Tribal Affairs Minister Jual Oram and Leader of Opposition in Odisha Assembly Narasingha Mishra today trained guns at Odisha Government over its inaction to contain the drought situation and farmer suicide in the state.
Speaking to reporters after a field tour of about 10 villages in Sundargarh, Jual pulled up the State Government over non-inclusion of the district in the drought-hit category.
“I spoke to the affected farmers and villagers in these drought affected villages and found out that no government officer has taken a field tour of these areas or have assured the people over the next course of action. The government creates an environment to showcase that it is doing enough for the drought affected people; however, as I found out, no particular step has been taken on ground zero,” said Oram.
“The farmers do not believe in the government of the state as it had betrayed them earlier. They are yet to receive the compensation against the 2011 droughts in many places. Farmer suicide cannot be contained by false promises and fake schemes,” said Leader of Opposition Mishra.
Notably, Mishra is all set to lead a farmers’ rally scheduled to be held in his constituency Bolangir on November 6 to protest against inaction of state government over the drought situation and farmers’ suicide in Bolangir district.
Ruling BJD, as expected, was dismissive of these allegations and defended the government. Taking matters a step further, party spokesperson Samir Dash went on to explain that not all suicides reported by media and opposition are deaths due to bad crops and loan.
“The government is doing everything it can to control the drought situation and address the issues of affected farmers. We are extending them all possible help including providing them interim work and support for the next season of crops. It is not correct to categories all farmer suicides as suicides due to bad crops or loans,” said Dash.