Dharmendra Pradhan – Union Minister
Led a delegation of parliamentary colleagues from BJP, Odisha to submit a memorandum to Min. Sh. Piyush Goyal ji to seek his personal intervention in directing the Govt. of Odisha to expeditiously complete procurement of unsold paddy for the welfare of farmers in the state.
The delegation also sought support in resolving several issues related to paddy procurement in Odisha, including streamlining the entire process to ensure smooth, transparent and quick procurement of paddy at MSP for the benefit of paddy farmers in Odisha.
The State Govt. of Odisha is misleading the farmers on issues of paddy procurement and has been conveniently trying to belie its own systematic failure in governance and in providing allied agricultural services to Odisha’s farmers.
Despite this years’ better-than-expected harvest of paddy due to a favourable monsoon, farmers in Odisha are suffering due to State Govt. apathies, administrative inefficiencies and long-standing malpractices.
State Govt. of Odisha did not revise its ceiling of paddy procurement of 19 quintals for every acre of irrigated land and 13 quintals for every acre of non-irrigated land inspite of the bumper crop yield this season.
As a result thousands of farmers were left with unsold paddy which they had to sell at half the price of MSP fixed by the Centre, i.e ₹1868 per quintal.
Farmers are also being forced to sell their harvest at throwaway price due to administrative failures of the Odisha Govt.
Keeping in mind the welfare of farmers of Odisha & to fulfil PM Shri Narendra Modi’s dream of doubling farmers income, the delegation sought the necessary support from Min. Piyush Goyal ji in assessing the unethical abuse of authority by Odisha Govt. in paddy procurement.