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Odisha Assembly Speaker directs minister to resolve paddy procurement problems

Bhubaneswar,Feb 19(UNI) Speaker S N Patro today directed the Odisha Food Supplies and Consumer Welfare Minister Ranendra Pratap Swain to convene meeting of the district officials and MLAs to resolve the problems of paddy procurement.

The Speaker gave the direction after members cutting across party lines, expressed serious concern during the question hour and the zero hour about the problems faced by the farmers in selling their paddy due to the introduction of token system for paddy procurement.

The members alleged that huge quantity paddy was lying in Mandi’s and it is not being lifted. In the name of FAQ the paddy procuring agencies were deducting 5 to 6 kg of paddy in each quintal,they said.

Congress Legislature party leader Narasingha Mishra said the paddy is being deducted even though there is no machine to test quality of FAQ paddy and the farmers were forced to sale their paddy in distress.

Raising the issue during zero hour Mr Bhupinder Singh (BJD) said all farmers have not been issued token and only 40 quintals of paddy were procured from the farmers who were issued token.
He further said no token was given to the farmer after 40 qunitals of paddy procured from him .

Mr.Singh also alleged that procurement of paddy is not being made till the millers and their agents reached the Mandi.

Mr Jay Narayan Mishra (BJP)suggested a meeting of the MLAs and the district Collector be convened in each paddy procuring district to sort out the problems.

Mr Kishore Mohanty (BJD) said the farmers were facing problems as the paddy procuring agencies were not procuring paddy from farmers of non-revenue villages.

Leader of Opposition P K Naik said the government should take steps to buy all the surplus paddy from the farmers.

Earlier the issue was raised by Mukesh Mahalinga,(BJP), Nrusingha Sahu and Prasant Kumar Jagdev (BJD) in the question hour.

The members said the procurement season will be over within a month but huge quantities of paddy is yet to be procured.The government,they said should take steps to procure paddy from the farmers..

The Minister in his reply said more paddy was procured this time due to the introduction of token system.

He said till February 13 last 43.39 lakh metric tons of paddy was purchased from registered farmers against the target of 50 lakh metric tons during the Kharif season 2019-20.

Since one more month is there government would initiate steps to buy the paddy from the farmers, he assured the house and said the token system was introduced to keep the agent away and buy paddy directly from the farmers

The minister denied distress sale of paddy as alleged by the members and promised to take action against the officials if they were found not purchasing paddy from the registered farmers.

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