Farmer Suicides: Logjam Grips Odisha Assembly For 3rd Consecutive Day

**Bhubaneswar:** The issue of unabated farmer suicides kept on rocking the third consecutive day of Odisha Assembly Budget Session’s second phase as the logjam continued on Thursday due to ruckus created by both the opposition BJP and Congress members forcing Speaker Niranjan Pujari to adjourn the House first for an hour and then till 3 pm.

The BJP legislators rushed to the Well of the House during Question Hour and created din over the issue.

They resorted to sloganeering near Speaker’s podium following which the Speaker, being unable to run the House amid noise, adjourned it for one hour.
Later, the prevailing din compelled him to further adjourn the House till 3 pm.

When after the first one-hour adjournment the House re-assembled, Leader of Opposition and senior Congress leader Narasingh Mishra during Zero Hour also raised the farmer suicide issue and demanded that their Privilege Motion moved since Tuesday against the Agriculture Minister should be taken up for discussion.

He also demanded that the Speaker should convene an all party meeting on the serious issue as reports of over four suicide cases of farmers from the State have been alleged by now owing to crop loss, distress sale and loan burden.

Apart from the first ever farmer suicide case reported this season from Bargarh, the second was from Nabarangpur, third from Balasore and the fourth one from Boudh.

The Leader of Opposition on the day raised the latest suicide committed by a farmer of Boudh district. As per report, farmer Ballav Dharei died after consuming poison allegedly over crop loss in Jallepalli village of Kantamal block in the district.

On Tuesday, a farmer identified as Sudam Khatua of Pakharbada village under Balasore Sadar police limits succumbed to treatment at Cuttack SCB. He had also allegedly committed suicide by consuming poison in his field due to debt burden and as his standing crops were badly damaged in the recent spell of unseasonal rains.

On the other hand, one more farmer Kalinga Ghadei of Nityanandpur in Jajpur was reportedly admitted to SCB Medical College and Hospital in critical condition after suicide bid by consuming poison.

Notably, the House had witnessed repeated adjournments on Tuesday and Wednesday as Opposition BJP and Congress members had created pandemonium over the issue.

However, the House in the afternoon hours passed Rs 1044 crore, 26 lakh and 63000 expenditure demand of Revenue Department while Rs 4597 crore, 55 lakh and 79000 for the Disaster Management.