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Odisha Bandh: Agitated Commuters Blurt Out Their Harrowing Experience

21 February 2019

Snigdha Chandan Das

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Bhubaneswar: Though the bandh supporters exempted the matriculation examination materials, students and emergency services like ambulance and fire fighting vehicles, the bsence of public transport hit the commuters in the capital city, especially those having landed the airport and railway station.

A man landed from Bangalore only to find himself stuck in the airport. He had to go to Bargarh, but with no conveyance, he is awaiting for the bandh to ease so that he can reach his destination.

Moreover, the denizens who move to and fro the twin cities of Cuttack and Bhubaneswar for their daily office had a harrowing time to reach their work place. Ashirwad Swain of Raulgarh, Bhubaneswar has his office in Cuttack but was stuck. “I am unable to go to office today due to bandh. My salary will be cut accordingly. Though the demands of the farmers are justified, but the bandh call is not. They should agitate in a specified place to convey their message to the government. But disrupting public life for their demands is not acceptable.”

Rabindra Pradhan had come to Bhubaneswar for some personal work but is now in a soup.

“There is no public transport available. The restaurants are closed so I am having a tough time to even feed myself. Not even a tea-stall is open. It is very irritating. But I think the farmers must also get their demands met,” he opined.

As Nabanirman Krushak Sangathan (NNKS) took to streets early today morning observing 12-hr Odisha bandh over demands of price, pension and prestige, normal life suffered a massive blow and day-to-day life was hit.

The Nabanirman Krushak Sangathan (NKS) went ahead with the bandh call despite the Government’s appeal in view of matric exams. “KALIA and PM-KISAN are relief-oriented yojanas (schemes). But our demand for Price, Prestige and Pension is so revolutionary that it would make the farmers of Odisha self-reliant so that our farmers would no more depend on other States for at least potato, fish, onion and egg,” the NKS Convenor Akshay Kumar commented.

Also Read: Odisha Bandh: Several Agitating Farmers Taken Into Preventive Custody In Bhubaneswar

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