22 November 2019
Sambalpur/Bargarh: The intensified farmers’ protests with demands to revert the centralized token system were called off on Thursday followed by assurances from state minister Susanta Singh and Rairakhol Member of Legislative Assembly (MLA) Rohit Pujari.
The agriculturists confirmed the development. They said that the protests were halted at Sambalpur following intervention of the Rural Development Minister; and promises by Pujari to resolve Hirakud dam catchment issues.
Pujari also clarified that the farmers’ who do not possess a token number, can avail for one after applying for the same at nearest paddy mandi. He assured that the token number will be provided to the farmers within three-four hours of application.
The minister is also said to hold separate talks at the protesting farmers of the Bargarh district.
Protesting against the token system in paddy procurement, the farmers of Sambalpur district on November 20 had blocked the national and the state highway which passes through Sambalpur. A day ago they had protested with paddy laden vehicles in front of the residence of four MLAs of the Sambalpur district- Sambalpur’s Jayanarayan Mishra, Rengali’s Nauri Nayak, Rairakhol’s Rohit Pujari and Kuchinda’s Kishore Chandra Nayak. On November 18 they had blocked the Collector’s office by similar means.