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Date: 17-May-2011

Venue: In front of Collector Office, Jagatsinghpur

2 persons fasting continuing since 3 days at Jagatsinghpur collector office under the banner of Navnirman Krishak Sangathan on the issue of to return jute bags and weight charges of paddy to paddy seller farmers. When farmer sell paddy at mandi they asked to give the jute bags (container of paddy) and paid for weight charges (kanta paisa) of every quintal paddy. But as per the regulation farmers should get back their jute bags after selling the paddy and weight charges also should be beared by millers. Because, millers are previously paid for jute bags and weight charges from government. But in Jagatsinghpur district millers have taken the jute bags of farmers and also they have deducted the price of paddy towards weight charges of every quintal paddy. So, poor farmers have been suffering a great loss at the time of selling of paddy. Initially Navnirman Krishak Sangathan has raised this issue at collector level by starting a demonstration in front of collector office from 29th April 2011 to 1st May 2011. More than thousands of farmers demonstrated in front of collector office and on 1st May 2011 district administration gave a written letter to concern department to return the jute bags to poor farmers. But after the 15 days of commitment of district administration no steps were taken from administration side. Farmers went to millers and asked for their jute bags but millers and concern department denied and farmers returned with empty hand. So to build pressure on government and to really implement the return of the jute bag of farmers, convener of Navnirman Krishak Sangathan Mr. Akshay Kumar and another famer leader Mr. DIllip Barik is continuing their fasting at Jagatsinghpur collector office since 17th May 2011. Everyday hundreds of farmers are joining with fasting programme. But government is still maintaining silence. It is an appeal to every pro-people person to give their solidarity to this movement.

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