STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE 
Bhubaneswar, 6 January
Prominent farmers’ outfit Nava Nirman Krushak  Sangathan (NNKS), whose members were arrested for blocking Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik&’s convoy near the secretariat last month, announced a series of agitation programme to highlight the plight of farmers and to press for a slew of demands. 
“We will launch the “Krushak Adhikar Yatra” at Puri on 26 January. It will be a state-level agitation programme and will culminate in the form of “Jay Kissan Mahasamavesh” at Bhubaneswar on 1 April,” said state convener of NNKS, Mr Akshay Kumar. 
Mr Kumar, who was among the 26 activists arrested on 25 December and recently released, informed that the outfit will take out a rally in Bhubaneswar on 10 January to press for withdrawal of criminal cases against the NNKS members registered for the 25 December stir.  The  demands of the outfit include monthly security pension of Rs 2,000 for the Phailin and flood affected farmers up to the next harvesting and bonus of Rs 500 per quintal of  paddy.  Mr Kumar lambasted the state government for failing to come to the aid of the affected farmers while lamenting that they were arrested despite of holding a peaceful and democratic agitation to protest the farmers’ interests.