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Govt defends token system to sell paddy

Bhubaneswar: The State Government today defended the centralised token system introduced for farmers in paddy procurement saying it will ensure transparency.

Food Supplies and Consumer Welfare Minister Minister Ranendra Pratap Swain today informed the Assembly that those farmers unable to sell paddy on stipulated date will be given multiple chances.

The Minister said that the token is being generated online and sent to the concerned farmers well in advance through registered mobile numbers. The token list is also available at the societies and offices of the women Self help Group (SHGs).

He informed the House that this year token is being generated online without human intervention.

“Details of farmers ready with harvested paddy are being collected from the Society Secretaries. Then the details are being sorted online and accordingly date of paddy sell is fixed. Every day, small, marginal, medium and big farmers are getting the opportunity to sell their paddy as per the prescribed format,” said the Minister.

“Farmers unable to sell paddy on stipulated date will get multiple chances to sell their product,” added the Minister.

The system will prevent irregularities in token distribution system in grassroots level.

The Minister informed the House that 1,75,558 quintal paddy has been procured from eight districts – Bargarh, Sambalpur, Kalahandi, Subarnapur, Nuapada, Bolangir, Malkangiri, and Koraput – as on November 24 during the current kharif season.

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