Bhubaneswar (SunstarTV Bureau): Once again, for the third consecutive day, the pandemonium waved out inside Odisha Assembly proceedings on Saturday.
The ruckus was witnessed as the opposition BJP and Congress staged with protest banners over several issues pertaining farmers and Mandi mismanagement inside the Assembly. However, the house further adjourned till 11.30 am and later till 4 pm.
After Speaker SN Patro’s ruling, Civil Supplies and Cooperation Minister Ranendra Pratap Swain informed the House that the last date for procurement of paddy in the State was fixed for March 31.
Swain further said that 21% more paddies have been procured so far this year against the total procurement of last year. Already 55.03 lakh MT paddy has been procured against the procurement of 45.61 lakh MT last year.
However, BJP members were not satisfied with the Minister’s reply and insisted for a discussion through a motion in the House.
Majhi said that farmers are facing issues due to non-lifting of paddy from mandis across the State.
The Congress legislators, on the other hand, also opposed the Minister’s reply and following the ruckus, the Speaker adjourned the proceedings till 4 pm today.