Odisha Govt extended Paddy procurement date till March 31

Bhubaneswar: The State Assembly was on Tuesday adjourned twice till 12.50 pm due to protests by Opposition Congress and BJP members and normal businesses were conducted only after the Speaker announced the Government’s decision that paddy procurement date is now extended till March 31.

As the House met, Opposition members holding placards rushed into the Well of the House and protested against the delay in paddy procurement. As they didn’t go back to their seats despite repeated requests, Speaker Surjya Narayan Patro adjourned the House first till 11.30 am and then till 12.50 pm after convening an all-party meeting to resolve the stalemate.

When the Assembly reassembled, the Speaker informed the House that the Minister has informed him that the paddy procurement date extended till March 31. Then, the House ran normally.

Speaking on the issue, Leader of Opposition Pradipta Naik and Congress Legislature Party Leader Narasingha Mishra advised the Government to streamline the procurement process and purchase all paddy from famers in all districts by the scheduled date. While rains are likely to damage paddy, the two members said the Government should direct mandis not to cut any quantum in the name of sprouting and FAQ.