Odisha Asks Eight Border Districts to Prevent Entry of Paddy from Chhattisgarh


    Odisha Asks 8 Border Districts to Avoid Entry of Paddy from Chhattisgarh

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    The decision has been taken by the Odisha government to guarantee that the MSP does not go to unauthorised persons and paddy is acquired from registered farmers.

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    The Odisha government has actually asked collectors of 8 inter-state border districts to avoid entry of paddy from Chhattishgarh so that the MSP does not go to unauthorised persons, authorities said on Monday. The 8 districts whose collectors have been placed on alert are Bargarh, Sambalpur, Bolangir, Kalahandi, Nuapada, Jharsuguda, Sundergarh and Nabarangpur, the authorities said.

    The additional secretary in the food products and consumer welfare department, Bijay Kumar Prusty said that kharif paddy procurement has actually begun in the border districts from the 2nd week of November and it must be done just from signed up farmers according to tokens issued to them.

    In a letter to the collectors last week he asked them to guarantee that paddy obtained by authorised societies and groups is just from registered farmers and to see that the advantage of MSP for paddy does “not go to unauthorised entities under any scenario”.

    Noting that there is a possibility that some unethical traders or individuals will try to push paddy obtained from Chhattisgarh into the procurement system in the border districts, Prusty suggested that collectors need to guarantee that unapproved paddy sourced from the neighbouring state does not enter the properties of procuring societies and groups. District and sub-divisional level squads ought to perform periodic checks to keep an eye on unscrupulous traders bringing paddy from Chhattisgarh, he recommended adding that action should be taken versus them, millers and persons discovered involved based on the law.

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