Govt asks NNKS to withdraw bandh, warns of action

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Bhubaneswar: The Odisha government on Tuesday asked the Naba Nirman Krushak Sangathan to withdraw their proposed bandh on February 21 or face music.

The statement came a day after the state government appealed to the farmers’ body to desist from agitational activities in the state a day ahead of the annual high school certificate (HSC) examination.

“The State Government had appealed to the Naba Nirman Krushak Sangathan yesterday to desist from the agitational activities in the State especially in the interest of approximately 6 lakhs students, their parents, teachers and others who are gearing up for the annual matriculation examination to be conducted from February 22 onwards. This is an important academic event for the career of the students and their better future,” an official statement said.

“If the Sangathan still persists its planned bandh programme, the government would be compelled to take all the necessary measures to ensure smooth conduct of the examination and action will be taken as regard,” the statement added.

“The government is also hopeful that the organiser will realize their action could cause inconveniences to the public, especially the students’ community in the state and withdraw its bandh call for a larger public interest,” it further added.

Worth mentioning, the farmers’ body has called for a 12-hour bandh to protest against the alleged gross apathy of the state government towards the farming community.

While the annual matriculation examination is scheduled to begin on February 22, the  NKS had called for a statewide bandh on February 21.

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