Speaker promises to convene all-party meeting to discuss the issue

Legislators cutting across party lines expressed concern over distress sale of paddy in several regions of the State in the State Assembly on Monday.

The issue was raised by Leader of Opposition Bhupinder Singh during the zero hour after which legislators belonging to the opposition as well as ruling Biju Janata Dal stressed the need for opening more procurement points to enable the farmers to sell their paddy.

Mr. Singh blamed the government for its alleged failure to open mandis in different districts in time. The government had failed in coming to the rescue of the farmers despite making tall claims in this regard, he said.

Several legislators who spoke on the plight of the farmers said that the farmers were not getting the minimum support price of Rs. 1,250 per quintal and were being forced to sell their paddy at a lower rate.

With the legislators belonging to both sides taking up the issue of distress sale of paddy, Speaker Pradip Kumar Amat said that he would convene an all-party meeting to discuss the matter.

It may be recalled that a marathon discussion had taken place in the Assembly over the issue of distress sale of paddy last week.

In another development, opposition legislators staged a walkout expressing dissatisfaction over the government’s reply at the end of a discussion on an adjournment motion on the issue of irrigation facility in the State.


  • The issue was raised by Leader of Opposition Bhupinder Singh during the zero hour

  • Government blamed for its alleged failure to open mandis in the districts in time