Hyderabad: The Bharatiya Janata party (BJP) has come down heavily on the State and Central Governments for failure to ensure remunerative prices for the farmers, and to solve the problems of paddy procurement and exports.
Speaking to the media here today, party senior leader and former Union Minister Mr Bandaru Dattatreya, also charged the Government with colluding with the rice millers and held it responsible for the losses being incurred by the farmers. He said that nearly 90 lakh tonnes of paddy has arrived in the market now. While the FCI is not coming forward to purchase the stocks, the procurement by the IKP was meager, as a result of which the farmers were forced to go to the middlemen and incur losses.
Also, the farmers were paid for the paddy purchased by IKP 15 days after the sale. As a result, while
the minimum support price was Rs.1030, the farmers were forced to sell the stocks to Rs.800 to Rs.850
to the middlemen.
The BJP leader alleged that the Government yielding the the pressures of the Rice millers and colluding with them was the reason for this state of affairs. He demanded the Chief minister Mr N Kiran Kumar Reddy to request the Centre to see that paddy stocks are purchased by the FCI, and also release Rs.1000 crore to the IKP and enable it to purchase the stocks.
Mr Dattatreya also wanted the Government to immediately allow export of paddy so that the godowns could be emptied to provide space for storing the new stocks. He regretted that senior BJP leader Mr M Venkaiah Naidu had discussed the issues with Union Agriculture Minister Mr Sharad Pawar recently, but the response of the Union Minister was practically nil. He wanted the Chief Minister to lead an all-party meet to the Prime Minister to discuss the issue and solve the problems of
the farmers. (NSS)