Bhubaneswar: Opposition Congress and Bharatiya Janaya Party (BJP) on Wednesday have demanded for a judicial inquiry into all farmer suicide cases in the state, including the recent ones reported from Bargarh and Nabarangpur districts.
While Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee (OPCCs) Krushak Cell submitted a memorandum to Governor S C Jamir on the demand, BJP vice-president Samir Mohanty alleged that the state has been covering up such incidents.
OPCCs Krushak Cell President Amiya Patnaik demanded for Rs 10 lakh compensation to the family members of farmers who committed suicide due to crop loss or debt burden.
Accusing the ruling Biju Janata Dal (BJD) of adopting an insensitive attitude towards farmers plight, Mohanty said that BJP is with the poor families of the state and demanded for a judicial probe into the suicide allegations that have come up from different parts of the state.
The party claimed that as many 174 farmers have committed suicide due to crop loss and debt burden.
On the recent death of a farmer in Bargarh district, Mohanty said the collector had prepared a report without visiting the agriculture field and village of the deceased.
The farmer’s family has rejected the state government inquiry report which said he had taken his life due to family quarrel and not due to crop loss and debt burden.
Agriculture Minister Pradeep Maharathy, in statement in the assembly on March 4 had said the dead farmer’s agricultural field had enough water.