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BJD will stage a demonstration before the Parliament demanding hike in the Minimum Support Price of paddy

Bhubaneswar: 17/12/18:Odisha’s ruling Biju Janata Dal (BJD) will stage a demonstration before the Parliament in New Delhi on January 8 demanding hike in the Minimum Support Price (MSP) of paddy.

This was informed at a presser here today by the new president of Biju Krushak Janata Dal (BKJD) and MP Prasanna Acharya. Other senior party leaders Debi Prasad Mishra, Sanjay Dasburma and Pratap Jena were also present.

Acharya informed that all the BJD MPs, MLAs, Zilla Parishad members, and party workers will march to New Delhi boarding a special train on January 6 to press for the long-standing demand for Odisha’s farmers.

The party’s senior leaders alleged that the Centre has betrayed the farmers of Odisha with the false assurance to increase the MSP of paddy. Besides, the Prime Minister had no time to discuss the issue with the members of the all-party House Committee of the State Assembly.

“We will urge the Centre to hike the paddy MSP in accordance with the recommendation of the Swaminathan Committee and Rs 2,930 MSP (minimum support price) for paddy per quintal to each farmer of Odisha,” they said.

They also alleged that the BJP-ruled States are receiving assistance during natural calamity but, the Centre is showing a step-motherly attitude towards Odisha in the time of need.

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Ashok Palit has completed his graduation from Upendranath College Soro, Balasore and post graduation from Utkal University in Odia Language and literture.. He has also carved out a niche for himself as a scribe of eminence after joining the profession in 1988. He is also an independent media production professional. He brings loads of experience to Advanced Media, Ashok Palit as a cineaste has been active in film criticism for over three decades. As a film society activist, he soared to eminence for his profound commitment to the art film appreciation and aesthetics of cinema. His mode of discourse is often erudite but always lucid and comprehensible marked by a perfect acumen so rare in the field. A film aesthete with an immense fond of critical sensibilities, he wrote about growth and development of odia cinema in New Indian Express, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Asian Age and Screen. He has been working as an Editor for Cine Samaya from 2002-2004.. He had made solid contribution on cinema in many odia Dailies and weekly such as Samaj, Prajatantra, Dharatri, Samaya, Satabadi, and weekly Samaya.

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