Guwahati: Declaring that a blooming racket of middlemen in the Food Corporation of India’s (FCI’s) paddy and jute procurement system was denying the farmers of the State their due remuneration, the BJP has insists interference of Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar in the issue.
A designation of the BJP’s Kishan Morcha leads by its national president Om Prakash Dhankad meets Pawar lately and discussed widespread issues regarding the farming community.
Shiladitya Dev, national general secretary of the Kishan Morcha, told that Pawar was apprised of the dilemma of the farmers in Assam who were suffers lot despite their heavy toil.
Dev said that “We pointed out the flawed rice and jute procurement policy of the FCI through the State Government agencies which allows the flourishing racket of middlemen to procure the produce from the poor farmers at a very low rate and then sell it to the FCI at the minimum support price (MSP). They make a profit of Rs 450 per quintal while effectively depriving the farmers of the MSP.”
Dev also said a farmer had to acquire the necessary confirmation certificate by spending Rs 300 to Rs 500, which is afterwards used by the middlemen for selling the produce to the FCI.
The BJP also lifts the issue of total procurement of paddy in the State and afterwards use it for various Central Government schemes rather than acquiring it from outside the region, which would also save transportation cost.