Odisha government claims that Rs 5,067 cr has been granted as loan to farmers this year through Cooperation Department. Apart from this, Nationalized Banks have disbursed about Rs 2000 crore. It is alleged that that farmers committed suicide due to loan burden. In a majority of cases, it has been noticed that deceased farmers had borrowed money from money lenders or SHGs at a high rate of interest.
A young 22 years old farmer Om Prakash Patel committed suicide due to crop loss in his 7 acres cultivated land at Juliabandha of Nuapada district. The irony and the matter of concern is that Juliabandha village is the 'Model Village' of Odisha's Rajya Sabha Member of Parliament A.V. Swami.
Political parties in India especially Jan Sangh (in 1977 it got merged with Janata Party and later became Bhartiya Janata Party, BJP) was giving clarion call to the country to push back Chinese forces from the Indian soil as well as from Tibet. Other parties such as Praja Socialist Party, Swatantra Party and Lohia supporters also joined the chorus.
The death of a young educated Odia political worker in Noida in July last year is shrouded in mystery. A sincere attempt to put pressure on the police administration to re-investigate the case in the light of the statement made by the deceased's brother and the affidavit filed by Monoranjan's friend Poonam may reveal the truth.