Hyderabad: The Union Minister of State for Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution, Prof. K V Thomas, has assured the State that export of one lakh metric tons of Sonamasuri rice would be allowed to other countries. He also promised to construct a ‘Gram Bhandar’ (village level godowns) in the State to help the farmers store their crops in their own villages.
Speaking to mediapersons later at Gandhi Bhavan, the PCC Agriculture Monitoring Group Chairman and former PCC president, Mr P Narsa Reddy, and convener and chairman of Kisan Kheth Mazdoor Congress, Mr M Kodanda Reddy, said that the Union Minister has assured to provide adequate train rakes and more godowns. They said that the Union Minister positively responded on requests made by them. They said that the minister also supported the proposal of changing the existing ‘Procurement Policy’. The Union minister also asked the State government to implement the Haryana and Punjab States’ procurement policies, they added. They said that the farmers would get minimum support price, if the State government changes its procurement policy.
They said that the State Civil Supplies Minister, Mr D Sridhar Babu, and the Chief Minister, Mr N Kiran Kumar Reddy have assured them that the government would set up a ‘Study Committee’ soon to study the procurement policies of various States in the country. The government would take a decision on changing of policy after the Committee’s report, they said.
Appealing to the Opposition parties not to politicize the farmers’ issues in the State, they said that the Congress government would continue to help the farmers.
Mr Narsa Reddy, Mr Kodanda Reddy and others submitted a memorandum to Prof. K V Thomas on the problems of farmers. The PCC Irrigation Monitoring Group, Electricity Monitoring Group representatives also participated in the meeting. (NSS)