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Odisha govt stops farmers marching to Bhubaneswar, draws flak

Press Trust of India  |  Bhubaneswar 

With a large number of farmers marching to to stage a demonstration here Monday, the government stopped them Sunday midway at various places, triggering criticism from the opposition and

The farmers, who are on 'padayatra' demanding "price, prestige and pension", were stopped by the police at various places to foil their protest, alleged Naba Nirman Krushak Sangathan (NNKS) convenor

As the farmers marched to the state capital from Cuttack and Khurda, the administration clamped prohibitory orders under section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code at Hansapal and Tamando to stall the protest, said a of the NNKS, which is spearheading the agitation.

He alleged the farmers have been held up at various places like Keonjhar, Balugaon, Jatasinghpur and Jajpur since October 29.

Accusing the of trying to suppress the farmers' voice, Kumar and other NNKS leaders said the action is being taken also against the people for criticising the government.

Deputy of Police said necessary arrangements have been made to prevent any untoward incident during farmers' demonstration in the state capital.

Around 25 platoons of police, each having around 30 personnel, have been deployed to prevent law and order problems, he said, adding special attention is being given to ensure smooth traffic movement, especially on the national highways near the capital city.

While senior and former led a 'padyatra' from Khurda, NNKS convener and former Kendrapara joined the peasants' march from Cuttack.

The has shown little concern for the farmers despite their repeated demands, Majhi said, adding if the government fails to fulfil their demands by tomorrow, the state capital will be put under seize.

The NNKS has been demanding minimum support price (MSP) of Rs 5,000 per quintal for paddy and a monthly pension of Rs 5,000 for the youths and Rs 1,500 for the elderly, said Kumar.

Panda slammed the for trying to "throttle" the voice of farmers.

Thousands of farmers from across the state are staging a peaceful agitation but the way the administration is trying to obstruct them is not justified, he said.

The also hit out at the government for failing to address the grievances of the farmers in the state.

state unit said his party supports the farmers' peaceful agitation.

The has taken several measures to double the farmers' income in the country, but due to wrong policies of the government, the farmers have been deprived of the benefits of the Centre's various schemes, Mohanty claimed.

Dismissing the allegations, claimed that the farmers across the country are facing problems.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Mon, November 05 2018. 00:40 IST