Paddy procurement irregularities: BJP Krushak Morcha stages demonstration

Bhubaneswar: Odisha BJP Krushak Morcha members today staged demonstration in front of the residence of Food Supplies and Cooperation Minister Surjya Narayan Patro here over several irregularities in paddy procurement in different mandis across the state.

The members of the outfit staged protest by placing gunny bags filled with paddy on the road and raised slogans against the minister.

“Fake list of the farmers are being prepared while the millers are purchasing the paddy for Rs1,200 and selling at Rs1, 750 and we have come here to seek answer from the minister. Under the KALIA scheme, Odisha doesn’t have data regarding the number of farmers in State “said General Secretary of BJP Krushak Morcha, Surath Biswal.

Meanwhile, several activists were taken into preventive custody by the police to avoid any untoward situation.

However, the minister couldn’t be contacted over the allegations leveled by BJP Krushak Morcha.