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Odisha Bandh Must On Feb 21, Won’t Disturb Movement Of Matric Examinees & Question Carrying Vehicles: NKS


20 February 2019

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Bhubaneswar: Nabanirman Krushak Sangathan (NKS) today reiterated that they would not withdraw their Odisha Bandh call given for tomorrow (February 21) at any cost, but assured that the movement of the Matric examinees and their guardians will not be disturbed. It also assured that the movement of question carrying vehicles will be spared.

Convening a press meet, NKS Convener Akshaya Kumar said, “The State Government has issued press note yesterday and has also threatened to take action against us if we don’t call off the Odisha Bandh tomorrow.”

“We have decided not to disturb the examinees and cooperate with them. But, we won’t withdraw from our bandh call given for tomorrow. Let the Government exert pressure whatever they want, this bandh will definitely be observed. We are ready to go to jail,” he asserted.

He also made it clear, “We can’t cooperate with other vehicles. They will be stopped from 6 am to 6 pm. But we will definitely cooperate with the vehicles carrying question papers, examinees and their parents because the Matric examinees are the children of the families of farmers.”

“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 commented.

On the contrary, Rajya Sabha member and BJD spokesperson Pratap Keshari Deb reacted, “Whatever questions I had posed yesterday at our press conference, not a single answer has been made today at Nabanirman Krushak Sangathan’s press conference. Their demand for Price, Prestige and Pension is being politicized evidently. Had they intended, they could have given the bandh call earlier. It is their democratic right.”

He lambasted, “They are least bothered about the Matric exams. Definitely the examinees will be harassed. Their agitation is fully politically sponsored. They are bursting only at the State Government. Have they resorted to strike against the Centre’s price?”

“I would like to assert that KALIA Yojana has been appreciated by all political parties. Even the distinguished agriculturists and economists of India have also lauded this Yojana. If they have any other Yojana, let them speak out so that all India as well as all Odisha should listen to,” the senior BJD leader challenged.

In his reactions, Odisha DGP R.P. Sharma said, “Police arrangement is being made for the various districts depending on the scale of bandh observance there. Already appeal has been made in view of the Board Exams from February 22. Especially, the rural examinees head towards their respective examination centres a day before i.e. on February 21. If the traffic gets jammed due to this bandh, highways and other road blockades are done, it will cause lots of inconvenience to the examinees.”

He added, “The State Government has also appealed for maintaining peace during the bandh. However, adequate police arrangements will be made for all the districts. Hope, the bandh call given should be in a peaceful manner so that the general public and road users shouldn’t be disturbed. It would be better to observe the agitation in a peaceful and disciplined manner so that the general public is not harassed.”

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Akshaya Kumar, Convener, NKS, Odisha

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Pratap Keshari Deb, Spokesperson, BJD

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R.P. Sharma, DGP, Odisha