Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Aug 13:
Even as the undeclared ban by the Mamata Bannerjee government on potato export to Odisha is in force and the price of the kitchen essential continues to be sold at Rs 30 a kg in retail markets, officials of three departments of the state government are meeting today under the chairmanship of the Food Supply and Consumer Welfare minister Sanjay Dasburma to chalk out a long term action plan to deal with the potato crisis, which has been tormenting the consumers in Odisha with some regularity now.
Officials from the Food Supply, Cooperation and Agriculture departments will be participating in the meeting to prepare a well coordinated road map for a long term solution to the problem of shortfall in potato supply in the state. The focus will be on the cultivation, preservation and distribution of potatoes in the state.
Food Supply and Consumer Welfare minister Dasburma and the departmental secretary Madhusudan Padhi had on Tuesday apprised the chief minister of the situation following the potato crisis in the state.
The chief secretary Gokul Chandra Pati had also held discussions with secretaries and officials of different departments including secretaries of Horticulture and Food Supply in the matter.
Even though a section of the potato traders in neighbouring West Bengal are continuing with their dharna to protest the curbs on potato movement to Odisha resulting in huge losses to them, the Mamata Bannerjee government is no mood to change its stance. As a result, hundreds of potato-laden trucks remain stranded at different border entry points to Odisha.
However, around 80 truckloads of potatoes from West Bengal had managed to sneak through other routes into Odisha on Tuesday, sources said.