Government comes under fire on ryots’ suicide

Staff Reporter

Tribal organisation holds a meeting of farmers on the issue

New norms for sanction of loans to sharecroppers criticised

Farmers to stage dharna at Sanakhemundi tomorrow

BERHAMPUR: A farmers’ meet was organised at Sanakhemundi in Ganjam district on Sunday to protest against the government for not accepting crop loss and debt burden as the reason for suicide of farmers in Sanakhemundi block.

The farmers’ meet was organised by the tribal organisation Lok Sangram Manch (LSM). Social activist Praful Samantra and spokesperson of CPI-ML (New Democracy) Bhala Chandra Sarangi, Zilla Parishad member Pratap Nayak were among the activists who attended the meeting.

The farmers were critical of the recently-declared norms for sanction of loans to the sharecroppers in the State. As per the norms, the land owners should stand guarantee for the loans of sharecroppers. According to farmers, no land owner would agree to it. They wanted the State government to stand guarantee for loans to the sharecroppers.

The farmers decided to stage a dharna in front of the Sanakhemundi block office at Patapur from Tuesday. It may be noted that Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik is expected to visit his home district Ganjam on that day. Similar farmers’ agitation would be taken up in all the blocks of Ganjam district from Thursday if the State government did not heed to the demands of farmers, said LSM leader Umakant Patnaik.

Fair survey sought

The farmers’ who attended the meeting demanded that the State government caution the officials to refrain from the attempts to hush up the suicide of farmers in the district of the Chief Minister through false claims and data. “The government and administration should accept that these suicides were related to loss of crop and debt trap,” Mr. Nayak said. They also demanded fair survey of crop loss and payment of compensation to the farmers who had committed suicide.

It may be noted that Banchhanidhi Pradhan of Srichandanpur and Kailash Panda of Gangapur under Sanakhemundi block of Ganjam district recently committed suicide. It was alleged that these sharecroppers were allegedly disturbed by the crop loss due to low rainfall and pests.

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