Bhubaneswar, February 13: In a first of its kind initiative by any department in Odisha, Minister for Food Supplies & Consumer Welfare Ranendra Pratap Swain on Thursday answered directly the queries asked by general public through social media platforms.
The Minister was on live in Facebook and Twitter February 13 between 4 pm to 5 pm. Swain also addressed several initiatives taken by the state government for the welfare of people.
Earlier, the minister had asked people to ask their questions to him by February 11. Facebook and Twitter users used #AskOdishaFoodMinister handle and put their questions and sought a response from the minister.
Due to limited time frame, the minister could not able to attend every question in social media. However,Swain assured people that unaddressed queries will be answered through Facebook and Twitter in a while.
In social media, majority of questions were raised asking government to solve problems of the farmers. Answering to such queries, Swain assured that state government will resolve every problem faced by the farmers.
“State government is giving more priority to farmers and various initiatives are being taken for their development. Also, Government would ensure farmers to get token by March 31, 2020 for their paddy procurement,” he said.
The Minister has also thanked all citizens and stakeholders for participating in this initiative overwhelmingly. Notably, the chief minister of Odisha Naveen Patnaik brought the Food Supplies & Consumer Welfare Department under the State Government’s Mo Sarkar initiative on February 11.