Pradhan Hurls MSP Slur

Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan has said that the Odisha Government is trying to hide its face behind flasehood to avoid its responsibility.

Mr.Pradhan said that BJD Government has to tell the people why it has failed so far to implement the Union Government’s support price for paddy per quintal and as to why it has not opened  Regularized Mandis (Paddy Collection Centers).
Reacting to the Krushak Adhikar Samabesh organized by the BJD in New Delhi, Mr.Pradhan said the State Government’ indifference towards opening new mandis and activating the existing ones has helped middlemen to exploit the situation.
Mr.Pradhan said although Union Government had given Rs 200 per quintal of paddy over the then existing price of Rs 1550 per quintal, taking the price to Rs 1750, the State Government has failed to implement it because of a collapsed Mandi System.
“The result is the farmers are forced to sell their produce to middlemen between Rs 1000 and Rs 1200", alleged senior BJP leader.

Mr.Pradhan said agriculture is a state subject and the rally is a camouflage behind which the State Government is hiding to shrik its responsibility.

“The Government has to answer why it has not so far implemented the price set at Rs 1750.”

He alleged that Chief Minister Naveen Pattnaik has not even implemented his promise at a meeting in Sohela to give a bonus of Rs 100 per quintal.

In another development, hundreds of farmers belonging to the BJP Krushak Morcha held a demonstration before the State Secretariat here on the day defying a band called by trade unions.

They put bags of paddy on the road, declaring it a mandi while shouting slogans against the government demanding priority attention to farmers’ issues including opening of adequate number of mandis and collection of paddy at the existing support price.

They questioned when the State Government was going to pay the bonus of Rs 100 a declared by the Chief Minister in Sohela years back. The farmers also alleged that the Government was indulging in vote bank politics, neglecting nagging issues of farmers.

“This being the election year, the State Government is dabbling in politics over farmers issues without paying any genuine attention to solve problems”, they said, adding that farmers in the home districts of Minister Suryanarayan Patro and MP Prasanna Acharya are no way safe and they are also making distress sale of their produce as the mandi system has also collapsed there.

The Twin City Police arrested a few BJP leaders including Vice President Samir Mohanty and General Secretary Bhrigu Baxipatra.

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