Minister Raja Swain responds to Farmer’s SOS on Twitter

TNI Bureau: Once again, Odisha Minister Ranendra Pratap Swain (Raja Swain) came to the rescue of a man in distress and ensured he got the assistance as required.

The Minister and Principal Secretary Arabinda Padhee, who have been highly active and responsive on Twitter over the years, showed how elected representatives and government officials should work for the people.

A farmer Ghasiram Mishra from M. Rampur in Kalahandi District, had tweeted on November 9 saying his paddy crops were damaged by insects, and no pesticides could work. He sought the assistance from the Agriculture Department.

When it came to the notice of Agriculture Minister Ranendra Pratap Swain November 12, he directed Principal Secretary, Agriculture, Arabinda Padhee to look into the matter and take appropriate action at the earliest.

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Principal Secretary Arabinda Padhee replied to the Minister saying “he has already informed CDAO, Kalahandi and Scientists of KVK, Bhawanipatna to visit and urgently intervene”.

Later, Arabinda Padhee provided the update that a team consisting Scientists of KVK & CDAO Kalahandi visited the affected plot (Owner, Sh Ghasiram Mishra; tenant farmer, Sh Khirasagar Sahoo). “There is no economic loss to the crop (harvesting stage) due to early detection and timely spraying of recommended insecticide”, he added.

He also thanked all the officials who intervened at the right time and took swift action.

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