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Opposition walkout in Odisha Assembly

Posted on Dec 06, 07:17PM | UNI

Opposition Congress and the BJP today walked out in protest against the Odisha government's refusal to declare village as a unit for crop insurance purpose.

Replying to the admissibility of an adjournment motion on crop insurance, Minister for Cooperation Bikram Keshari Arukh said the government would declare the village as a unit only after the Union government approved it.

Participating in the debate, leader of Opposition Bhupinder Singh demanded that the government meet the insurance claim from its own resources to the farmers who were deprived of their insurance claims due to the negligence of the state government officials.

Mr Singh said farmers of 86 panchayats and 20 muncipalities affected due to drought and flood did not get their insurance claim as the state government failed to submit four crop cutting reports as required by the insurance companies to settle the claims.

Both the members of the Congress and the BJP alleged that in Western Odisha the farmers did not get their insurance claims as some nationalised banks did not forward their claims to the Insurance Companies even though the farmers had deposited their insurance premiums in time.

They demanded action against the bank officials involved in the irregularity.