Odisha Milk farmers cleanse Gandhi statue with milk in Jagatsinghpur

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Report Kahnu Nanda, Jagatsinghpur: Members of Odisha Milk Farmers Association [OMFA] its Jagatsinghpur unit on Tuesday cleansed Mahatma Gandhi statue with milk and paid floral tributes on his 150th birth anniversary.
Farmer’s body fumed that the milk producers are neglected in Odisha owing many manifold teething troubles since years, as mark of protest we members cleansing the statue of Mahatma Gandhi on the Thana premises here with milk in his birth day remembering late father of nation’s sympathy towards milk producers and bovines.
The statue on the Thana premises at district headquarters became the focal point for the milk farmers and score of citizens on Tuesday, hundreds of OMFA members carrying milk canes gathered there, then poured milk on the statue of Mahatma Gandhi and offered prayers after garlanding the statue.
Sources informed that about 40 liters of Milk was poured and washed the statue brought by local milk farmers, they expressed regret saying successive governments are deaf eared on our plights, so we observed our unique protest raising our voices, said OMFA chairman Ravi Behera, who was leading event.
Later addressing media persons OMFA chairman informed that government has increased minimum support price for paddy but milk’s reasonable price has yet to be fixed, price of milk is cheaper in Odisha comparable to other states of India. Meanwhile prices of fodders have increased two times making milk producers miseries, on the other hand government is supplying ease loan in the interest rate of Rs 1 to farmers but milk dependents are getting loans purchasing cows at the interest rate Rs 12 to Rs13 percent through banks, he maintained.
The milk farmers unique protest was attended by OMFA vice chairman Dusasana Mohapatra, Jagatsinghpur district OMFA president Birabar Dalei, Bijaya Behera, Manas Mohanty, Eswar Chandra Das and many locals.

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