Bhubaneswar: The State Government today urged the Naba Nirman Krushak Sangathan (NNKS), a farmers’ organisation, to call off its proposed Odisha bandh scheduled for Thursday in view of the Matriculation examination beginning Friday.
“The Odisha Government urged the Naba Nirman Krushak Sangathan to desist from going on Odisha bandh on 21st February, a day before Matriculation Exam, which would inconvenience examinees, parents and teachers and disrupt movement of questions papers,” posted a Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik in his official Facebook account.
The NNKS has called for a 12-hour Odisha Bandh on February 21 to protest demanding price, pension and prestige for farmers.
Meanwhile, Congress and BJP decided to extend support to the shutdown called in the State by NNKS.
The farmers under the banner of Naba Nirman Krushak Sangathan are protesting the alleged apathy of the State Government towards the farming community and its negligence in addressing the demands.
Meanwhile, both Congress and BJP announced their support for bandh called by the NNKS, which has been demanding pension and proper price agricultural produce for farmers.
NNKS national convener Akshaya Kumar said that they will not create any obstructions for transportation of question papers during the bandh.