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Tag: Agriculture Minister

Farmers Can Withdraw From Contract At Any Point: Agri Minister Tomar
Farmers Can Withdraw From Contract At Any Point: Agri Minister Tomar

New Delhi: Amid the Opposition’s continuous attack on the government in Parliament over the farmers protests, Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Tomar on Friday said that as per the Centre’s three new farm laws, the farmers can terminate their contract at any time and can withdraw from their agreement without any penalty. Earlier in the day, […]

Agriculture Minister Tomar Pens Emotional Letter To Agitating Farmers, Says MSP Will Continue
Agriculture Minister Tomar Pens Emotional Letter To Agitating Farmers, Says MSP Will Continue

New Delhi: Reaching out to farmers protesting the three farm laws for the last 22 days, Union Minister for Agriculture Narendra Singh Tomar has written a letter to them saying the minimum support price (MSP) is going to continue. In his eight-page emotional letter to farmers, Tomar said that most of the farmers are happy […]

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Agriculture Minister Asks States To Get Ready For MGNREGA To Begin From April 15

New Delhi: In what can spark off further speculation about exemptions during probable extension of the ongoing nationwide shutdown, Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said on Friday that he has asked all states to keep a plan ready to start MGNREGA work from April 15, if the situation allows. “All states have been asked to […]

Cabinet Nod For Making Crop Insurance Voluntary For Farmers

New Delhi: The Union cabinet on Wednesday decided to make the Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana (PMFBY) voluntary for farmers, Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said. Addressing an event here, Tomar said that the decision was taken in Wednesday’s cabinet meeting following some complaints regarding the scheme launched in April 2016. PMFBY is compulsory for […]

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Ineligible KALIA Scheme Beneficiaries: Error Begets Another Error?

Bhubaneswar: Boasting that 99 per cent of the 51.05 lakh KALIA (Krushak Assistance for Livelihood and Income Augmentation) scheme beneficiaries are eligible, Odisha government today rubbished the reports that it has distributed an assistance of about Rs 170.50 crore to 3.41 lakh ineligible beneficiaries under the scheme. Earlier, State Agriculture Minister Arun Sahoo had informed […]

'50 lakh farmers received assistance under KALIA scheme'

Bhubaneswar: As many as 50 lakh farmers have received financial assistance under the Krushak Assistance for Livelihood and Income Augmentation (KALIA) scheme till date, and verification is on to include the left-out farmers, informed Odisha Agriculture Minister Arun Sahoo today. Speaking on the sidelines of a function at Krishi Bhawan here, Sahoo further added that […]

First Modi 2.0 Cabinet extends PM Kisan scheme to more farmers

New Delhi: In a major push to boost rural consumption, the Modi government in its first Cabinet meeting decided to cover all the farmers, irrespective of their land holdings, under PM Kisan scheme that promises to transfer Rs 6,000 in their bank accounts. The revised scheme envisages to cover 2 crore more farmers with an […]

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Op-Ed: No one killed Bebina!

Poor Pradeep Maharathy! In a travesty of the criminal jurisprudence system, the ‘former’ Agriculture minister of Odisha has just earned the dubious distinction as the only member of the Odisha cabinet to be punished twice for the same ‘crime’. Having to resign twice – once on January 19, 2012 and then again on Sunday – […]

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Minister says "sorry" for his remark on acquittal of accused

Bhubaneswar: With opposition Congress and BJP demanding his resignation, Odisha Agriculture minister Pradeep Maharathy Thursday said “sorry” over his remark on the acquittal of accused persons in the sensational Pipili rape and murder case. “I am sorry if anyone is hurt over my statement. I have no intention to hurt anyone. I am an open […]

BJP Mahila Morcha to meet CM over Maharathy’s remarks

Bhubaneswar: The BJP Mahila Morcha in Odisha headed by its President Prabhati Parida will meet Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik at his residence over alleged derogatory remarks made against women by senior BJD leader and Agriculture Minister Pradeep Maharathy. “We are even more saddened and shocked by CM Naveen Patnaik’s silence than the slanderous remarks of […]

BJP Mahila Morcha sharpens attack on Minister Maharathy

Bhubaneswar: Stepping up its attack against Agriculture Minister Pradeep Maharathy for allegedly making derogatory remarks against women, BJP Mahila Morcha, the saffron party’s women wing, today staged demonstration at different places including Bhubaneswar and demanded the minister’s resignation. Members of the Mahila Morcha led by its State President, Prabhati Parida took out a rally from […]

Complaint against Agriculture minister over 'objectionable remarks on women'

Pipili: The Delang unit of BJP Mahila Morcha on Wednesday lodged a police complaint against Agriculture Minister Pradeep Maharathy over his alleged objectionable comments against women. Activists of the Mahila Morcha have urged the police to take stringent action against the minister. They also warned to intensify agitation and gherao the police station in case […]

Odisha rejects centre’s data on zero natural calamities

Bhubaneswar: The State government today expressed displeasure over no mention of Odisha in the list of 14 States identified to have been affected by natural calamities. In reply to a question raised by BJD MP Ram Chandra Hansdah, Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju in Lok Sabha on Wednesday mentioned that 14 […]

BJP targeting me despite sharing Centre’s view on farm loan waiver: Dama Rout

Bhubaneswar: Odisha Agriculture minister Damodar Rout today said that he is being targeted by the Odisha BJP even though he is of the same opinion as Union Agriculture minister Radha Mohan Singh, who has understood the reality that farm loans cannot be waived. “It is a welcome decision as the Union minister has understood the […]

Under fire for comments on Jayee Rajguru, Dama targets Dharmendra

Bhubaneswar: A day  after claiming that Jayee Rajguru was not a freedom fighter, Agriculture Minister Damodar Rout today defended himself questioning why Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan celebrated 200 years of the Paika Bidroha (Rebellion) in 2017, while Rajguru had fought the Britishers in 1804. “Paika Bidroha, the first freedom struggle, had taken place in 1817 […]

BJD leaders face-off over crop damage assessment

Bhubaneswar: Odisha Food Supplies and Cooperation Minister Surya Narayan Patro today lambasted agriculture department saying that its officials are not undertaking field visit to assess crop loss due to pest attack and unseasonal rains leading to the delay in submission of damage report. “Since the Chief Minister has instructed that November 25 is the deadline […]

Reasons behind Bargarh farmer’s death not clear: Odisha Agriculture Minister

Bhubaneswar: Reasons behind the death of Bargarh farmer Brunda Sahu are not clear, said Agriculture Minister Damodar Rout today after receiving a report from the district collector and SP today. Rout further said when the Collector questioned the family members of the deceased farmer they said that Sahu had not taken any bank loans for […]

Who Will Cure The Sick Doctor?

Now that the state cabinet has decided, as part of a comprehensive package for crop loss, to pay compensation even to those who have emulated Bargarh farmer Brunda Sahu and burnt their crops, Agriculture minister Dr. Damodar Rout has ended up with egg on his face. In effect, the cabinet has overruled his unilateral announcement on […]

Activists vent ire on Dama Rout, barge into his house

Bhubaneswar: After protests against the recent farmers’ deaths and crop loss failed to move Agriculture Minister Damodar Rout, activists of Nav Nirman Yuba Chhatra Sangathan today stormed into the residence of the Minister demanding his arrest during a demonstration in the city over farmers’ issues. Though police officials had been deployed outside Rout’s residence, they […]

Father killed himself knowing govt will not help: Deceased Odisha farmer’s daughter

Bargarh: Reacting to Odisha Agriculture Minister Damodar Rout’s comments that the State government will not extend assistance to farmers who have burnt their crops, Preeti Sahu, daughter of deceased farmer Brunda Sahu who committed suicide after setting his crops on fire allegedly over crop failure in Kalapani area of Bargarh district said, it is an […]

After torching crops, farmer ends life in Bargarh

Bargarh: A day after torching his pest-affected crops, Brunda Sahu of Kalapani in the district today committed suicide by consuming poison. Villagers spotted him lying on the field of his cropland in an unconscious state on Wednesday morning and rushed him to district headquarters hospital in a critical condition. However, he died at the hospital […]

Skyrocketing tomato prices enough to kill taste buds

Bhubaneswar: Tomato prices continue to haunt consumers as the price of one kg of tomatoes touched Rs 80 in several retail markets of Odisha here on Thursday. Low supply and crop loss following heavy rains in major tomato-producing states is to be blamed for the price rise in    several parts of the country including Odisha. […]

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PM Modi never promised 50% hike in MSP: Agriculture Minister

New Delhi: Union Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh on Monday said Prime Minister Narendra Modi never promised 50 per cent hike in the Minimum Support Price (MSP) of agriculture produce. Singh said Modi, in campaign rallies before the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, had spoken about 50 per cent hike in farmers’ income, and not the […]

House panel to submit memorandum to PM on MSP

Bhubaneswar: A memorandum demanding increase in the minimum support price (MSP) for paddy will soon be submitted to the Prime Minister, informed Agriculture Minister Pradeep Maharathy after the House Committee meeting held here today. He said the House panel, in the upcoming meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, will urge him to fix the MSP  at […]

Maharathy makes mockery of farmers, says they die only during Assembly session

Bhubaneswar: Odisha Agriculture Minister Pradeep Maharathy on Sunday once again landed in soup for making scornful comments on farmer suicide issues in the state. The Pipili strongman said farmers only die during the assembly sessions. “The deaths are often alleged to be the case of suicide over crop loss even though the people die due […]

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Now Pradeep Maharathy praises Dharmendra Pradhan

Bhubaneswar: While laying the foundation stone of agricultural science centre here on Saturday, Odisha agriculture minister Pradeep Maharathy praised petroleum minister Dharmendra Pradhan and called him his ‘friend’. Maharathy also had some sweet gestures for Union minister for agriculture and farmers’ welfare Radha Mohan Singh. “We will support good works crossing party lines,” Maharathy said […]

Odisha to insure life of all farmers, Oppn walks out in Assembly

Bhubaneswar: Concerned over farmer suicide incidents, the Odisha government today said it was planning to insure life of all farmers even as the Opposition Congress and BJP staged a walkout in the assembly demanding constitution of a House Committee to probe agrarian deaths. “The state government is worried over the farmer suicide incidents. However, the […]

Ruckus for in Odisha assembly over farmer suicide

Bhubaneswar: The Odisha Assembly witnessed ruckus for the second consecutive day today over the farmer suicide issue with both the opposition Congress and BJP members forcing Speaker Niranjan Pujari to adjourn the House twice. The issue was raised by the BJP members as soon as the House assembled for the question hour. The BJP members […]

Bargarh farmer suicide: Opposition moves privilege motion against Maharathy

Bhubaneswar: As expected, the Bargarh farmer suicide issue rocked the Odisha Assembly with leader of opposition Narsingha Mishra moving a privilege motion against agriculture minister Pradeep Maharathy on the issue here today. Mishra has accused Maharathy for providing false and misleading information in the house on the suicide of Bargarh farmer Hadu Bagarti. In his […]

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BJP demands Odisha agri minister's scalp on farmer suicide

Bhubaneswar: The opposition BJP today demanded the dismissal of Odisha agriculture minister Pradeep Maharathy for “misleading” the Assembly with his statement on the death of a farmer in Bargarh district. BJP state president Basant Panda said the party would demonstrate in all district headquarters demanding Maharathy’s dismissal for taking the farmer’s suicide case lightly. “The […]

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Fresh probe into Bargarh farmer’s suicide ordered

Bhubaneswar: Agriculture Minister Pradeep Maharathy on Monday indicated towards a fresh investigation into the suicide of Hadu Bagarti, a farmer from Bargarh district. As per latest reports, the minister has asked the Bargarh District Collector Anjan Kumar Manik to carry out the probe afresh into the matter. Speaking to media persons, Maharathy said his death […]

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Farmer's suicide not due to crop loss or debt burden: Minister

Bhubaneswar: The Odisha government told the Assembly today that a family dispute was the reason behind the suicide of a famer at Bargarh and it was not due to crop loss or the burden of loan as alleged by the opposition Congress. “An inquiry into the suicide of Khainu Bagarti alias Hadu (the farmer), revealed […]

Odisha urges Centre to release insurance money for drought-hit farmers

Bhubaneswar: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Wednesday urged the Centre to release Rs 795.31 crore for disbursal among the state’s drought-hit farmers. In a letter to Union Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh, the Chief Minister said the state government had taken many steps to alleviate the hardships faced by the drought-hit farmers during Kharif […]

Eggs hurled at Maharathy again

Bolangir: Town Police today arrested four BJP activists for hurling eggs at agriculture minister Pradeep Maharathy’s vehicle today during his visit to the DRDA office. Reports said the BJP activists waved black flags at the minister at Rugudipara Chhak. After the minister’s vehicle reached Bhagirathi Chhak, some BJP activists hurled eggs at the vehicle. Police […]

Maharathi refutes Union minister’s remark over Central fund utilization

Bhubaneswar: Odisha Agriculture minister Pradeep Maharathi today refuted allegations made by Union Agriculture minister Radha Mohan Singh over Odisha’s inability to utilize Central funds. “In 2015-16 the Odisha government received Rs 54.45 crore for coconut cultivation. Out of which Rs 45.08 crore has been utilized and Utilization Certificate (UC) for Rs 30 crore has been […]

Maharathy takes credit for online sale of fish, poultry items

Agriculture minister Pradeep Maharathy on Wednesday informed the State Assembly about the good work that his department has done for easy availability of fresh fish and poultry