Bargarh: Following the passage of three Farm Bills by the BJP-led NDA Government at the Centre, politics has heightened in this western region district of the State, well-known to be the rice bowl of Odisha.
Taking a cue from their Punjab and Haryana counterparts the Western Odisha Krushak Sangathan (farmers’ body) has decided for an hour-long ‘rasta roko’ (road blockade) protest on November 5 in eight districts of the State’s western region. They have threatened to block the State and National Highways in the region on the day slated for their stir.
Talking to media, Western Odisha Krushak Sangathan Convenor Lingaraj informed, “We held our second meeting of Western Odisha Krushak Sangathan Samannya Samiti. Last month on 24th, we had our meeting at Birmaharajpur. We have decided to fully oppose the new three Farm Bills of the Centre. The farmers have already demonstrated at the Padampur sub-division recently.”
“The all India farmers’ body has given a call to stage protest on November 5 by taking to the streets. Hence, we, the farmers of eight districts, will stage a road blockade from 11 am to 12 noon on the day across western Odisha amid the pandemic protocols,” he stated.
On the contrary, the BJP has defended the Farm Bills as historic by convening a press meet here. The saffron party leaders argued that the Farm Bills will immensely benefit the farmers unprecedentedly.
Senior BJP leader Pradip Purohit said, “When the farmers will prosper with double income and infrastructural development, Atmanirbhar Bharat is possible. By these Farm Bills, the middlemen, who used to fleece the farmers, have been abolished. No companies will encroach upon the farm lands. The farmers are now free to sell their produce to the mandis or to outside parties if they are earning double profit.”
“These Farm Bills will very much benefit the farmers of Odisha. I would like to request the opposition not to mislead the farmers. The farmers of our country will definitely reap the benefits of the Farm Bills within a year,” he argued.