Centre doesn’t need state’s permission to address farmer issue: Gajendra Singh Shekhawat

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Centre doesn’t need state’s permission to address farmer issue: Gajendra Singh ShekhawatBhubaneswar: Reacting to Odisha Agriculture Minister Damodar Rout’s statement, Union Minister of state for Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Gajendra Singh Shekhawat on Sunday clarified that Union government does not need state government’s permission to address farmers’ issue.

“Farmers are the food providers. Farmers of 14 districts are now facing problems in Odisha. The areas which are called the rice bowl of Odisha also are now facing drought like situation and pest menace. It is the duty of the Union government to address the farmers’ issue and for that we do not need the permission of the state government,” said the Union Minister while speaking to the newsmen on his arrival at Biju Patnaik International Airport this morning. However, he assured to solve the farmer’s issue in co-operation with the state government.

Earlier on Friday, Damodar had claimed that agriculture is a state subject and the Odisha Government is well aware of its constitutional duty. Claiming that the state government is taking all possible steps for farmers’ benefit, he had said the Central Government is not assisting it in the efforts and rather trying to run a parallel government which is dangerous for democracy and federalism.

Gajendra Singh Shekhawat is slated to hold discussion with the officials of Central Road Research Institute (CRRI) and then visit the pest affected Boudh and Sonepur districts today. He will also visit five other districts to take stock of the pest affected paddy crops and other farmers’ issues. A six member central team also has accompanied him.

Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan had met Union Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh in New Delhi on Thursday and apprised him about the pest attack in Odisha.

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