One thing politically very uncommon occurred in Odisha final week. A BJP legislator, as a type of protest in opposition to the irregularities in paddy procurement that has left farmers in lots of elements of the state struggling to promote their harvest on the mandis, tried to eat hand sanitiser contained in the Home. The furore over the incident however, the get together once more adopted a novel mode of protest.
Sad with CM Naveen Patnaik not being current within the Meeting for dialogue on the farmers’ plight, the saffron get together legislators began a march to his residence. On his half, Naveen stepped out of his home and went to them. He personally escorted the MLAs for a dialogue. Each side have been glad—the BJP was happy to have made a giant political level whereas the ruling BJD went cock-a-hoop over the supremo’s grand show of statesmanship. However the true problem continues to be unaddressed. Paddy growers of Odisha, one of many rice-surplus states within the nation, have been up in arms over irregularities in kharif procurement.
There have been quite a few incidents of farmers dumping their harvest on the street after ready for days at mandis to promote their crop. Experiences of misery sale by the hapless farmers have additionally begun streaming in. Regardless of the Odisha authorities adopting a tech-based farmer registration system with Aadhaar and financial institution linking to maintain middlemen out of the scene, there was widespread resentment over the method. The token-based system of procurement has been topic to critical questions over procedural delays and wrongdoings.
This kharif season, shut to fifteen lakh farmers had registered themselves for paddy procurement in Odisha. As per Minister for Meals Provides and Shopper Welfare Ranendra Pratap Swain’s assertion, not less than 61.2 lakh tonne paddy has been procured from 11.3 lakh registered farmers. This yr’s farmer registration and procurement figures are means increased than the earlier yr. Why isn’t the federal government in a position to weed out the issues on the root of all of it? The state authorities has assured that it might procure paddy from all real farmers by March 31, the final date of sale. All eyes can be on that day.