Subhas Chandra Pattanayak
Orissa Assembly lost almost its entire day again on November 19 as anti-farmer motive of the ruling Biju Janata Dal obviously disallowed its legislative wing to support the Opposition demand for obituary mention in respect of farmers of Orissa that are extinguished through suicidal termination of life in the battle against adversity in agriculture.
Farmers’ suicide in Orissa is precipitated by the adverse agro-environment that the State has been subjected to due to Chief Minister Navin Patnaik’s blind ally with industry.
The party of his sycophants has bared its ugly face even in the Assembly as under its leadership the House of Representatives of the people of Orissa, when at least 80 percent of them are small and marginal farmers, has refused to stand up in respect for the brave ones who preferred to end life than staying away from producing food for fellow beings through farming.
Orissa Assembly will forfeit its relevance if it does not endeavor to honor the sufferers whose contributions to food productivity the administration has failed to recognize.