September 21, 2023

Centre delays paddy procurement, Punjab calls for order withdrawal

The Center on Thursday deferred the paddy acquirement in Punjab and Haryana till October 11 “over postponed crop development because of ongoing substantial downpours”, starting a prompt distress among ranchers in the two agrarian states and boss minster of one asking Prime Minister Narendra Modi to interven to kick the interaction off from October 1.

Paddy obtainment for 2021-22 kharif showcasing season in Punjab was to initiate from October 1, while in Haryana it formally began from September 25.

The Union Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution on Thursday deferred paddy obtainment in Punjab and Haryana because of “substantial precipitation.” But ranchers associations in the state are set up to brawl and said that assuming the public authority won’t move back its choice, they will begin a dissent in the actual state. They said that the weighty deluge occurred in a huge region yet there are as yet numerous regions immaculate by this downpour and paddy is practically prepared to collect there.

In an assertion, the Union Food Ministry said: “It has been accounted for that because of ongoing substantial deluge in Punjab and Haryana, the development of paddy has been postponed. Keeping in see the interest of ranchers and to keep away from any burden to them, the Department of Food and Public Distribution under Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution has concluded that the obtainment of Paddy under MSP would initiate from eleventh October 2021 in provinces of Punjab and Haryana”.

It guided every one of the organizations to embrace acquirement from October 11 in the two states.

Responding to the assertion, Haryana BKU president Gurnam Singh Chaduni reported that ranchers will begin laying attack to the homes of all decision BJP and JJP pioneers in state from October 2 if acquisition doesn’t start from October 1.

In a video message to the ranchers, Chaduni said: “Siblings, hang tight for a day in particular. In the event that the obtainment doesn’t occur from October 1, start gherao of BJP pioneers from October 2. Go to their homes with paddy stacked work vehicle streetcars.”

The homestead chief said that they can’t see ranchers being dislodged and destroyed and added that “we will gherao the homes of heads of BJP JJP in a manner that even their canines will not have the option to move out”.

He said the public authority encourages ranchers to begin planting paddy from June 15. “The yield prepares for gathering by September 15. The paddy has as of now showed up in the mandis in enormous amounts,” Chaduni said, adding ranchers ought not be badgering when large numbers of them have endured misfortunes, both in ranches and at mandis, because of unfriendly climate conditions.

Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi encouraged PM Modi to actually intercede and guide the Union Food Ministry to pull out its letter with the goal that paddy acquirement could start from October 1. Channi said Punjab was good to go to begin the acquisition interaction “and presently these guidelines will pointlessly make disarray and vulnerability in the personalities of ranchers, who will begin getting their yields different Mandis across the state from tomorrow (October 1)”. He said the choice to defer the acquisition past the point of no return would additionally prompt disdain among the ranchers, who were at that point fomenting against the three focal homestead laws.

In the interim, Jagmohan Singh, general secretary, BKU (Dakuanda) named the Center’s move as hostile to rancher. He said the acquisition was never deferred before regardless of the way that state regularly witnesses downpour till first seven day stretch of October.

“Authoritatively, the storm time frame closes by September 30 yet there have been occasions when substantial deluge was seen during whole first seven day stretch of October. Yet, the procurment cycle was never deferred as the actual ranchers trusted that the yield will get dry prior to collecting and afterward carrying it to the mandis,” said Jagmohan Singh.He said the ranchers will begin an unsettling if the public authority doesn’t begin the obtainment on October 1 as the “11-day delay is excessively long and ranchers can’t store the gathered paddy at their home”.

Last year notwithstanding the lockdown prompted by Covid-19, the paddy acquirement had begun from September 27 in Punjab.

Another rancher chief, Stanam Singh Sahni of BKU Doaba, said, “We will take up this matter with the other homestead associations and chalk out our program since delay pf obtainment will prompt an overabundance like circumstance in the mandis.”

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