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Opposition hits out at Odisha govt over concealment of farmer suicide data; BJD rubbishes allegations  

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The National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) report showing zero farmer suicide in Odisha during the period from 2017 to 2021 has not gone down well with the state units of Congress and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). 

Alleging they (BJD) have deliberately hidden data, the grand old party and the Saffron party have started cornering the conch party. 

Recently, Dambaru Harijan, a small time farmer of Nakulaguda village under Binshipur police limits in Koraput district allegedly ended his life by consuming pesticide.   

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He had taken a loan of Rs 70,000 to raise crops. He took the extreme step allegedly after his standing crops got damaged in low pressure-induced rains. 

Like Dambaru Harijan, there are scores of other farmer suicide allegations which have rocked the State several times in the past. 

In a written reply to a question raised by Congress MP Saptagiri Ulaka in the Parliament, Union Agriculture Minister had said there had been no farmer suicide incidents reported from Odisha in the year 2017, 18, 19 and 2020. It has also been clear that the State government didn’t share figures of farmer suicide incidents occurred in 2021 with the NCRB. 

But the state had registered five, 23 and 20 farmer suicide cases in 2014, 2015 and 2016 respectively, said the Union Minister. 

Pertinent to mention here that the State government had accepted 48 farmer suicides during the period from 2014 to 2016. But it is denying occurrence of any such cases in the next five years commencing from 2017. 

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The BJP alleged that the family members of the deceased farmers have been deprived of getting assistance from the State and Central governments.

“By hiding data on farmer suicide, the government is depriving the deceased farmers’ family members from receiving the benefits from the Central government,” said BJP Spokesperson Dillip Mohanty. 

Congress MLA Suresh Routray said the State government has done a massive injustice to the farmers by concealing the data. “The State has been placed on the top in the NCRB report with respect to assault with the intent to outrage the modesty of women. The State has also topped the list in minor girls going missing. Had it been topped the list in farmer suicide, it would have proved to be the last nail in the coffin,” added Routray. 

Reacting to the allegations, BJD leader Ramesh Chandra Chyau Patnaik said, “The allegations raised by the Opposition parties are baseless. They are not in a position to accept the truth. Laying emphasis on agriculture, Naveen Patnaik is doing overall development of farmers.”

Meanwhile, Naba Nirman Krushak Sangathan has warned to take to the streets over the government hiding farmer suicide cases in the past five years.

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“In Telengana and Andhra Pradesh, the respective governments are giving Rs 5 lakh and 7 lakh respectively to the families of farmers who have committed suicide. The Odisha government is trying to escape from having to pay to the deceased farmers’ families. We are going to organise a rally on October 14 and we will then demand the government to recognise farmer suicide cases,” said Chairman, Naba Nirman Krushak Sangathan, Akshay Kumar.  
 



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Durga Puja 2022: Follow these traffic regulations to avoid hardship in Bhubaneswar

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With the Durga puja festivities around the corner, people are all set to hit the street to be a part of the revelry which they missed in the past two years owing to Covid-19 restrictions.

In view of the upcoming festivities, the Commissionerate Police has decided to clamp certain traffic restrictions for the convenience and safety of general public. The traffic restrictions will come to effect from October 1 to October 5, 2022 from 4 pm to 2 am.

No vehicles shall be allowed to ply on the following roads on the date and time mentioned above:

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– Khandagiri crossing to Pokhariput crossing and vice-versa via Jagamara and Gandamunda crossings.

– Fire training school crossing to Sishu Bhawan crossing and vice-versa via Paika Nagar, Siripur and Ganganagar crossings.

– CRP crossing to Power House crossing and vice-versa via Stewart School and Unit-8 DAV School crossings.

– Jayadev Vihar crossing to Raj Bhawan crossing and vice-versa via Reheat saki and Sastri Nagar crossing.

– Jayadev Vihar to Nadankanan and vicc-vcrsa via Xavier, Kalinga Hospital, Damana and Patia crossings.

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– Acharya Vihar crossing to New Airport crossing and vice-versa via Nicco Park, Patel Marg, Housing Board, Rabindra Mandan and AG crossings.

-Acharya Vihar crossing to Kalinga Hospital crossing and vice-versa via Sainik School crossing

 -Vanivihar crossing to Sishu Bhawan crossing and vice-versa via Ruipali, Satya Nagar, Ram Mandir, Master Canteen and Rajmahal crossings.

-Rasulgarh crossing to Lingipur crossing and vice-versa via Bomikhal, Laxmisagar, Kalpana, Rabi Talkies and Samantarapur crossings.

-Both side service roads of NH-16 from Baramunda to Palasuni.

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-No vehicles to be allowed to move through Nayapalli VUP, which are coming on the service road from Jaydev Vihar to CRP Square.

Taking into consideration the volume of traffic and number of devotees, the heavy vehicles coming from Khordha side shall be diverted from Pitapalli to Balikuda via Chandaka and Baranga via Trushilia.

During Ravan Podi the entire vehicular traffic coming on NH-16 from Cuttack side shall be diverted from Jayadev Vihar to CRP square via Beherashai, Sastri Nagar, Power House and Unit-8 DAV crossings. However, taking into account the public convenience and safety, the passenger buses coming from Puri to Bhubaneswar shall be allowed to ply from Lingipur to Baramunda Bus stand via, Samantarapur, Kalapana, Rajmahal, Sishu Bhawan, Soor Company, Ganga Nagar and Fire training school.



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