Thousands of farmers from different parts of Odisha under the banner of Naba Nirman Krushak Sangathan (NNKS) launched an indefinite hunger strike on Monday at lower PMG seeking fulfilment of their longstanding demand of Price-Prestige and Pension.
NNKS Coordinator Akshay Kumar demanded a pension of Rs 5,000 per month, fix price of paddy at Rs 5,000 per quintal.
He said Price, pension and prestige are the fundamental rights of the farming community and demanded the state government to make a budgetary allocation of Rs 21,600 crore to fulfil the demands of Rs 5,000 monthly pension calculated for the last 20 years”.
Mr Kumar said the farmers would continue their agitation till their demands were met.
He threatened that the farmers would not allow any political leaders to enter the village if the government did not concede their demands.