Bhubaneswar: Amid farmers’ agitation across the State, Food Supplies and Cooperation Minister Ranendra Pratap Swain today said the token system will not be revoked.
“The token system has been there and will remain so. This will help farmers get the right price of their agricultural produce. Also, transparency can be brought into the procurement process,” said the minister while asking farmers to adopt the new practice.
If there are any issues, farmers can discuss with the government to resolve the same, he added.
Worth mentioning, farmers in Western Odisha have been staging protests opposing the token system. In Attabira of Bargarh district, farmers had observed a bandh today.
After placing paddy sacks in front of local legislators on Tuesday, farmers today said they are getting ready to intensify their agitation and block roads tomorrow.
Meanwhile, Labour Minister Susanta Singh held talks with Sambalpur farmers’ body and government officials at the Sambalpur Circuit House this evening. He has assured that the token system will be simplified. This apart, he will present the issues discussed at the meeting before the Agriculture Minister and Secretary.