Bhubaneswar: Odisha Cooperation Minister Surya Narayan Patro today warned of exemplary action against anyone selling urea at higher rates than that fixed by the state government.
The Minister further informed that the Cooperation Department has issued letters to district registrars of cooperative societies in this regard.
“I spoke to them directly. They said that they were adding transportation cost. I told them that they have no right to add transportation cost. We have issued letters to district registrars that primary cooperative societies will have to sell urea to farmers at Rs 295 a bag. If anyone is found to be selling the fertilizer at a higher rate, then exemplary action will be taken against him,” said Patro speaking to reporters here today.
The Minister admitted that it had come to his notice that despite instructions to primary cooperative societies to sell urea at Rs 295 a bag some of these societies had sold the fertilizer at Rs 330/335/316 a bag.
“Markfed supplies fertilizers to farmers in the state. Markfed supplies fertilizers to primary cooperative societies. The primary cooperative societies supply fertilizers to farmers. Before July 31 the rate per bag of urea was Rs 298. After GST was implemented the rate of urea fell by Rs 3 per bag. Following which instructions were issued to primary cooperative societies to sell urea to farmers at Rs 295. The loss of Rs 3 per bag is being borne by the State government,” Patro added.
Notably, there were media reports of urea being sold to farmers at Rs 330/335/316 a bag even by primary cooperative societies.