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Posted on Dec 08, 12:54PM | UNI
Opposition Congress in the Odisha Assembly today demanded Speaker P K Amat to convene an all-party meeting to find ways to resolve the problem of farmers and bring a resolution in the House to provide bonus to the farmers.
Raising the issue during Zero hour, Leader of Opposition Bhupinder Singh said the government has neither any concern nor sincerity to resolve their problems.
He said the state government had not yet opened mandis in many areas of western Odisha where it had decided to open mandis by October 26 last.
Due to the non-opening of mandis, the farmers were forced to sale their paddy much below the Minimum Support Price (MSP),he said and regretted that despite repeated requests, the state government did not concede to the demand to pay Rs 300 bonus per quintal of paddy on and above the MSP while many neighbouring states like Andhra Pradesh had already paid bonus to their farmers.
The leader of opposition said since the government was not taking any action,the Speaker should convene an all party meeting within a day or two to find out ways to solve the problems of the farmers in which officiers concerned should also be invited.
Mr Singh was supported by his party colleagues Rajendra Kumar Chhatria, Prafulla Majhi, Naba kishore Das and others.
Mr P C Ghadai(BJD) demanded that the Union government should increase the MSP for paddy to Rs 1400 as suggested by the state government.
He said the MSP for paddy should be increased as the prices of diesel,petrol, fertiliser, labour and trnsport cost had increased significantly.
Mr Ghadai said under the pressure of wheat farmers lobby the Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar had referred the demand to hike the MSP of wheat to agriculture cost price commission.
He said since the Union government was considering to increase MSP of wheat it should also raise the MSP for paddy.
Mr Ghadai alleged that the Union government had fixed the MSP for paddy at Rs 1250 per quintal without taking the views of state governments into consideration.