Chhattisgarh News: Did Delhi succumb to the cost of paddy?

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In Chhattisgarh this year, the purchase of paddy will be at the rate of 1815 and 1835 rupees per quintal.

The Congress Party government, which came to power last year, bought paddy from farmers at the rate of Rs 2500 per quintal.

The decision of the Chhattisgarh government to purchase paddy at the highest price was discussed throughout the country.

The state government had also promised to buy paddy at the same price every year, citing the report of the Swaminathan Committee, which has been dusting for years.

But the Congress government in Chhattisgarh has not completed even a year and under pressure from the central government, it has had to back down from its promise.

There is a continuous debate in the Assembly about paddy.

On this issue, an adjournment motion was also brought in the Assembly by the opposition parties on Thursday and 15 MLAs were also suspended by the opposition amid strong uproar.
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Loss of farmers?

State Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel said on this issue, "To appease the arrogance of the Government of India and the Bharatiya Janata Party, all the collection centers will carry banners of Rs 1815 and 1835 only, but the amount of difference is how the farmers pocket For this, we have formed a committee of five ministers and for the amount of Rs 2500 to the farmers' pocket, we are making sure that the farmers are at any cost. Will not happen. "

But the opposition party in the state, the Bharatiya Janata Party, alleges that the state government is cheating the farmers.

Regarding the price of Rs 2500 per quintal, the BJP is also telling the committee to deceive the farmers.

Raman Singh, the BJP's national vice-president and former chief minister of the state, says, "Its fate will be the same as they have formed a committee of five ministers for prohibition. The whole of India is roaming and no decision has been taken till date. In this case also This will happen."
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Minimum Support Price
The state government has been buying paddy from farmers on the minimum support price announced by the central government every year in Chhattisgarh, called the rice bowl.

But there has been discontent among the farmers since the beginning about the price of paddy.

Farmers across the country have been demanding that the government implement the recommendations of the MS Swaminathan Committee made by the Government of India.

On 18 November 2004, the National Farmers Commission was formed under the chairmanship of the agricultural scientist MS Swaminathan, the father of the Green Revolution in India.

This commission recommended that farmers should get minimum support price at least one and a half times of the cost.

But no government implemented the Swaminathan Commission recommendations.
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Paddy price

If we talk about paddy, the minimum support price of paddy in 1984-85 was Rs 137.

For the next ten years, the minimum support price of paddy increased four times and in 2004-05 it reached Rs 560 per quintal.

This price reached Rs 1050 in 2009-10. In 2013-14, the support price of simple paddy was increased to Rs 1310.

In 2013, when the Chhattisgarh BJP government came to power for the third time, the farmers had promised to give support price of Rs 2100 to the paddy.

On 12 December 2013, when Raman Singh was sworn in as the Chief Minister for the third time, he signed a letter of Rs 2100 for paddy in the name of the then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh from the stage and then the minimum support price ball, in the center's court. Put it and forget it.
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Income of people in other area

In 2016-17, the central government set the minimum support price of simple paddy at Rs 1470 and in 2017-18 at Rs 1550 per quintal.

It was an election year, so the state government also paid 300 rupees bonus in addition to this support price to the farmers. But according to the promise, the price of farmers' paddy could not reach 2100 rupees even in five years.

Farmer leader Nand Kashyap says that in the last few years, the price of crops cannot be compared with the rapid increase in income in other areas, inflation has increased.

They give the example that in 1970 the minimum support price of paddy was Rs 51 and gold was available at 11 grams for 104 rupees at that time. Today the price of paddy and gold cannot be compared.

Says Nand Kashyap, "A Reserve Bank study two years ago shows that the support price of paddy has increased 10.7 times since 1984-85, but the government's tax revenue has increased 50 times in the same period. AAP In the figures, the support price of paddy was Rs 51 in 1970, which has increased almost 36 times today but during this period the salary of government employees has been increased from 150 to 350 times. At least 5000 rupees per quintal was to be received for paddy. "
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Bought paddy for Rs 2500

In the 2018 assembly elections, the Congress party in its manifesto promised to price paddy at Rs 2500 per quintal and in November 2018, when Bhupesh Baghel's government was formed in Chhattisgarh, the state government also bought paddy at the rate of Rs 2500.

In 2017-18, the state government purchased 56.88 lakh metric tonnes of paddy. But the Congress government, which came to power in 2018-19, bought 80.38 MT of paddy at the support price.

On the other hand, the Center also purchased 39.14 lakh metric tonnes of rice from the state of Chhattisgarh in 2018-18 as compared to 31.73 lakh metric tonnes of rice in the central pool in 2017-18.

Farmer leader Anand Mishra says, "Accepting the recommendation of the Swaminathan Commission, this price of Rs 2500 for paddy was even less. But to be honest, no one was confident that the Congress party would give such a price for paddy if it comes to power. "

The Chief Minister of the state Bhupesh Baghel calls this loan waiver of farmers and this increased price of paddy a major achievement for the economy of Chhattisgarh.
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Market of Chhattisgarh

The Chief Minister believes that when the recession hit the country, due to this money, the market of Chhattisgarh continued to be strong.

He claims that the automobile sector in the country declined by 19 percent, while Chhattisgarh is the state where the automobile sector registered a growth of 25 percent. Apart from this, booms were also claimed in bullion and other sectors.

But in the midst of these claims, when the preparation of paddy purchase started again this year, the Center wrote a letter clearing that if Chhattisgarh bought paddy at a cost of Rs 2500, it would not take rice from Chhattisgarh in the Central Pool.

The central government has been buying almost half of the rice purchased in the state. But this year, from December 1, the state government, which is preparing to buy 85 lakh tons of paddy, faced a big crisis that if the Center did not buy rice, then what state government will do so much rice?
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Politics on paddy

In order to pressurize the purchase of rice at the Center, the Congress Party started various agitations in Chhattisgarh. Protests were held across the state. Ministers warned of economic blockade. The BJP MPs were encircled by the homes, and the drums were played.

The Congress party claims that 17 lakh farmers from across the state wrote a letter to the Prime Minister, which was filled in five vehicles and handed over to the Governor. There was a plan to demonstrate in Delhi about the purchase of paddy at the rate of Rs 2500.

But the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party is calling all such claims of the state government as a gimmick.

Although the BJP government at the Center has heard the decision not to buy rice from the state for buying paddy for Rs 2500, but the BJP sitting in opposition in the state is pressuring that the Congress party government should buy paddy at the rate of Rs 2500 only. For this, the BJP has also started a movement.

BJP leader and Leader of Opposition in the Assembly Dharamlal Kaushik says that the Congress party had not asked the central government to buy paddy for Rs 2500. Now she is unnecessarily bringing the central government in the middle.
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Purchase of rice from Central Pool

Says former Chief Minister Raman Singh, "On December 1, the Bharatiya Janata Party will stage a sit-in at 1380 paddy buying centers in the state with farmers demanding to buy paddy for Rs 2500."

But the Chief Minister of the state, Bhupesh Baghel, wants the MPs of the Bharatiya Janata Party to pressurize the Center to change its decision not to buy rice in the Central Pool.

Baghel says that if the central government does not agree, then the paddy will be purchased at the price fixed by the central government, but a committee has been formed to give additional amount of about Rs 750 at the rate of Rs 2500 per quintal to the farmers. .

He says, "The central government says that the economy deteriorates by giving Rs 2500 to the farmers, so it is refusing to take rice from us. But by putting money in the farmers' account, the economy does not deteriorate. 1.74 every year from the Reserve Bank The economy deteriorates by withdrawing lakh crores of rupees into the corporate sector. "
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Farmers' Income

Baghel raises the question that the central government has increased the support price of paddy by 65 rupees compared to last year. How will the income of farmers double from this 65 rupees?

Bhupesh Baghel says, "The Government of India is also finally giving the Kisan Samman Nidhi. Like Kalia in Odisha, Raitu in Andhra or Telangana ... In our Chhattisgarh, there will be justice for the farmers. I have declared that the farmers' pockets I will go 2500 rupees in any case. "

However, former Chief Minister of the state Raman Singh does not believe this. He alleges that the state government is not only ignoring the farmers to get paddy for 2500 rupees, by reducing the area of ​​6 lakh hectares of paddy and is also plotting to buy less.

Says Raman Singh, "This government wants to run away from the backseat. Farmers are being given notice to file an FIR for not reducing the area. But the Bharatiya Janata Party will not tolerate it."