Bhubaneswar: Demanding loan waiver for
small and marginal farmers hit by unseasonal rain, an Orissa
Congress MP Pradip Majhi on Thursday launched a hunger-strike near
the state secretariat here today with his supporters.
"The government must announce loan waiver upto Rs
50,000 as the unseasonal rain has broken the economic backbone
of small and marginal farmers," Majhi, who is also the Youth
Congress president, said.
He said he would continue the hunger-strike till the
demands were fulfilled.
Terming the BJD government as anti-farmer, Majhi
accused Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik of not presenting the
real picture on the extent of damage suffered by farmers
during harvest before the Centre.
He claimed that 16 farmers had committed suicide
within a month in the state due to crop loss and demanded Rs
10 lakh as ex-gratia to each such peasant families.
The Youth Congress is demanding inclusion of seven
coastal districts in the list of affected districts, crop
insurance for farmers and announcement of Rs 12,000 per acre
for crop loss in non-irrigated land and Rs 20,000 for
OPCC president K P Singhdeo and other senior party
leaders visited the dharna site.