Odisha Assembly Speaker directs govt to submit report on paddy procurement

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Bhubaneswar: Speaker of Odisha Assembly has directed the state government to present a report in the House on the paddy procurement in different districts.

Giving a ruling on the matter on Wednesday, the Speaker Surjya Narayan Patro has directed the authorities to discuss with the legislators and officials concerned on the matter and present a report in the House at the earliest.

The House expressed its concern on Wednesday in the Zero Hour regarding the mismanagement of paddy procurement in different districts of the state. During the Zero Hour, a senior legislator of the ruling BJD,  Bhupinder Singh, alleged the farmers in his constituency have either received tokens or got it very late for paddy procurement.

He said some farmers have expressed their desire to sell the surplus paddy at the mandis. Therefore, the government must take necessary measures in this regard, Singh added.

He further said as the agents of the millers turn up late at the mandis, the farmers find it difficult to sell their produce. Singh said this year’s paddy production is good and therefore the government should take steps for paddy procurement effectively.

BJP MLA Jayanarayan Mishra said although the concerned minister and the secretary of the department have been directed to take adequate measures to sort out the problem, nothing has been done so far in this regard.

Mishra said the token system has been forcibly introduced and therefore the agrarian community is in trouble for such a scheme. Paddy procurement is being done very slowly, he said and added that paddy is being heaped up at the mandis for such mismanagement.

Leader of the Opposition, Pradipta Nayak targeted the government on the matter and said the farmers of western Odisha are in trouble as procurement is at a very slow pace. He added paddy kept in the mandis has become waste due to unseasonal rain.

MLA Kishore Kumar Mohanty also expressed concern about the mismanagement in paddy procurement and urged the government to take adequate measures in this regard and mitigate the suffering of the agrarian community.

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