Paddy Procurement in Odisha: Farmers’ agitation over token system intensifies

Bhubaneswar: Farmers’ protests against the centralised token system for paddy procurement intensified further in Odisha’s Bargarh and Sambalpur districts on Tuesday.

Hundreds of agitating farmers, led by Odisha Rajya Krushak Sangathan, president, Gourichandra Khamari, locked the civil supply office (CSO) in Bargarh today.

The farmers also burnt the effigy of Food Supplies and Consumer Welfare Minister Ranendra Pratap Swain at Attabira in Bargarh district.

In Sambalpur, the farmers staged protest by parking paddy-laden vehicles in front of the houses of Rengali MLA Nauri Naik, Rairakhol MLA Rohit Pujari and Sambalpur MLA Jayanarayan Mishra.

The farmers alleged that the centralised token system would delay in paddy procurement in the state.

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