**Bhubaneswar: ** After about a week-long stalemate plaguing the Odisha Assembly during its ongoing second phase of Budget Session over the issues pertaining to the issues of farmers in our State, the House proceedings passed off peacefully with business transactions in true letter and spirit sans any din created by the opposition Congress and BJP.
The Question Hour on Saturday was not marred by pandemonium and ran smoothly. At 11.30 am when the Zero Hour began, Agriculture Minister Pradeep Maharathy moved the resolution for hike in minimum support price (MSP) to Odisha farmers from Rs 1,470 to Rs 2,500 per quintal of paddy.
The Minister informed the House that the State Government for the last three years have been recommending for MSP Rs 2,500 per quintal of paddy to the Centre.
However, Leader of Opposition Narasingha Mishra did not support the Agriculture Minister’s resolution and demanded Rs 2,800 instead.
Mishra also argued that PM Modi in the party manifesto during last general election had promised 1.5 more percent than the production price. Accordingly, the MSP amount goes to Rs 3,516. Hence, the State Government should recommend for this amount. Why Rs 2,500?
Government Chief Whip Ananta Das said, “Now the production value of paddy is Rs 2,344 per quintal. So, the 25% of the amount is Rs 586. So in total the amount stands at Rs 5,930. We should rather recommend this price as MSP to the Centre.
Members, representing all the parties, participated in the discussion as per their turns that lasted first till 1.32 pm. Later when the House reassembled at 3.32 pm, the discussion was carried on for the second phase.
Speaker Niranjan Pujari agreed to the proposal given by Government Chief Whip for formation of a House Committee for the purpose. It will be led by the Speaker himself. The unanimous resolution will be submitted to the Prime Minister fixing a suitable date in future.
In the Question Hour, discussion was held on Food Supplies and Consumer Welfare, Commerce, Sports, Youth Welfare, Transport, Weaving, Handloom, Technical Education, etc.
After the debate on the MSP resolution concluded at 4.20 pm, Rs 4489,79,11,000 expenditure demand of Housing & Urban Development and Rs 5711,57,60,000 of Health & Family Welfare departments were passed.