The Union Food Ministry said in a statement that it had decided to allow the center to transport 2.4 million tonnes of rice under the pool during the 2020-21 kharif marketing season, compared to the amount allowed in previous years. Equal.
Complaining that the Center was “indifferent” to farmers, the Congress on Sunday said that the Chhattisgarh unit of the Food Corporation of India was not increasing its stock of paddy and had stopped buying because of the government’s “suit boot”. Congress spokesperson Gaurav Vallabh said Chhattisgarh had not received final approval despite prior information that the Food Corporation of India (FCI) had purchased 1 million metric tonnes of rice under the central pool for the kharif season. After Vallabh’s remarks, the central government said that under the policy, the collection for Chhattisgarh this year was capped at 2.4 million tonnes last year as the state government was seen providing financial incentives to paddy farmers.
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The Union Food Ministry said in a statement that it had decided to allow the center to transport 2.4 million tonnes of rice under the pool during the 2020-21 kharif marketing season, compared to the amount allowed in previous years. Equal. He said it was in line with the memorandum of understanding on decentralized and centralized procurement procedures of the Center, the state government and the nodal agency FCI.
Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel thanked the Center for complying with their request and hoped that the procurement would be completed in the future as per earlier assurances. Vallabh said the Chhattisgarh government started purchasing from December 1 and has so far procured 4.7 million tonnes from 1.2 million farmers, but despite many requests, the state has not received approval from the Indian government. Vallabh said it would affect about 21.52 lakh farmers. He said there was no place to stockpile paddy as the FCI had not increased its shares.
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“It is a matter of complete indifference to the peasants who are fighting for their rights and defending their pride,” he said. However, it seems that the government is busy filling the pockets of its friends. When protests are going on, the government does not want to shop according to previous information at such a time, what can we expect from the government even after so much? Vallabh said Congress has questions that the Center has to pay, he appealed to the government to show sympathy to the protesting farmers, repeal the three agricultural laws and provide a legal guarantee for the Minimum Support Price (MSP).
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