BJD to push agri-marketing Bill, Oppn ready to corner Govt
Bhubaneswar: As the Opposition parties have prepared strategies to corner the Government on law and order situation in the winter session of the Assembly starting on Friday, the ruling BJD will push 10 Bills, including one seeking to attract private investors in the agriculture marketing sector for passage.
The Assembly will sit for truncated hours in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic without the Question Hour. As during the previous monsoon session, all the persons, including MLAs, will have to test negative for coronavirus in order to get an entry into the Assembly building.
After the BJD Legislature Party meeting on Thursday, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Bikram Keshari Arukha said, “We have 10 Bills, including three existing ordinances, to be moved in the House.” Though Arukha did not name the Agricultural Produce and Livestock Marketing (Promotion and Facilitation) Ordinance, sources said that it is one of the three ordinances that will be presented in the form of Bills for passage in the House.
The Congress was opposed to the ordinance, which was first implemented on May 13 and re-promulgated on November 12. “We have to ensure that the agri-marketing ordinance does not harm farmers,” said Congress Legislature Party leader Narasingha Mishra.
The ordinance has the provision of allowing private investment in the agriculture infrastructure and open private mandis for procurement of produces.
The State Government had initially planned to pass the ordinance in the monsoon session of the Assembly, but shelved the idea amid stiff opposition by many quarters against the agricultural reform Bills introduced by the Centre in Parliament.
Meanwhile, the BJP said it has prepared a list of issues to be raised in the Assembly. The issues include law and order situation, unemployment, ‘mismanagement’ in paddy procurement and power tariff hike, Leader of Opposition Pradipta Kumar Naik told reporters after the BJP Legislature Party meeting.