Report by OD bureau; Bhubaneswar: The Odisha government has swung into action after the Prime Minister Office (PMO) recently sought clarifications from it on the alleged “deplorable” condition of the farmers, “oppression” of the poor people and non-recruitment of local youths in the mushrooming industries in the state.
The state government, acting on a direction by the PMO, has asked the agriculture, industry and planning and coordination departments to prepare details as to what actions have been taken to address some perennial problems crippling the progress of the people.
The PMO’s direction came after the Proutist Block, India, - a moralist political party, - held a massive rally in New Delhi on April 30 protesting the increasing incidence of farmer suicide and rising number of unemployed youths, besides exploitation of tribals and plunder of natural resources in Odisha.
The organization also submitted an eight-point memorandum to the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh demanding his immediate intervention.
“It is everybody’s knowledge that Odisha is highly rich in mineral resources. But despite this naked fact, people are suffering a lot, more than their counterparts in other parts of the country. More than 100 farmers committed suicide last year due to distress sale of their produce. The state government is extremely callous to address their problem,” the Proutist Bloc said in the memorandum.
The Proutist Bloc has among others suggested the PMO for decentralization of economic power and planning to allow local people to make their own planning, power to farmers to determine prices of their produce, 100 employment to local youths in industries, no drainage of mineral resources to outside countries and formulation of separate plans for different areas.