Farmers stage demonstration in Berhampur

A large number of peasants in Ganjam district on Friday staged a demonstration accusing state government of being apathetic towards their plight.

Updated: Jan 28, 2011, 17:50 PM IST

Berhampur (Orissa): Even though Orissa government planned to provide relief to rain-hit farmers from February, a large number of peasants in Ganjam district on Friday staged a demonstration accusing state government of being apathetic towards their plight.

Farmers from different parts of the district under the banner of Orissa Chasi Surakhya Abhiyan (OCSA) went round the main streets of the town highlighting their plight. In a brief meeting, several leaders of farmers
including former Union minister and the president of the OCSA
Braja Kishore Tripathy, MLA George Trikey, Rabi Rath and
several others criticized the state and Central governments
for not coming forward to rescue the distressed farmers.

"Neither the state government nor the Centre is coming
forward to rescue the distress farmers, for which the spate of
loss of lives of the peasants is going on in the state," said
the former Union minister.

At least 19 farmers lost their lives in Ganjam, the
worst hit district in untimely rain, claimed Rabi Rath.

Aggrieved over the delay in providing relief to the
rain-hit farmers, the youth wing of Congress in Orissa also
launched agitation from Hinjili, home constituency of Chief
Minister Naveen Patnaik yesterday. Several Congress supporters
led by the state youth Congress president and Lok Sabha member
Pradip Majhi staged dharana in front of the block office in
Hinjili.

"The agitation was launched from Hinjili and it will
be continued across the state, if the state government further
delays to provide the relief to the rain-hit farmers," Majhi
said.

PTI