JAMMU, Sept 30: Former Minister, Ex-MLA Marh and chairman Panchayati Raj Cell BJP J&K UT, Ch. Sukhnandan Kumar today attacked Congress and other opposition parties for misleading the farmers on new Farms Bill which has recently been passed by the Parliament.
Talking to reporters here, today he clearly said that provision of MSP is still there and these opposition parties are be fooling the innocent farmers on this pretext. He explained that MSP is a policy not a law which was formulated by the Agriculture Department in 1966-67 in which MSP of near about 23 crops such as Pulses (5), Oil (7), Commercial crops (4) and cereals (7) has been fixed and same is recommended to the Government for its implementation and was successfully implemented by the successive governments till date.
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He asserted that as per the new Act, Contract Agreement will be for the crops not for the land and alleged that farmers are being misled. Not only this, the new Act also provides the provisions for farmers to withdraw from the contract at any time without any penalty. He said that he is going to launch campaign across the UT in support of the Farmers’ Bill and against the misinformation spread by the opposition parties.
Further he said that in J&K the Procurement Centres have been opened after a long struggle by the eight BJP MLAs who were elected to the Assembly that time.
Ban on Basmati has also been lifted when he himself raised the issue in the Assembly that if there is no ban on Apple crops and why there is a ban on Basmati which is major product of Jammu region, he added.
In J&K procurements has been made by the Government through primary cooperative societies to JAKFAD to FCI in past days, which has been stopped in1986-87.
He said as per National Food Security Bill 2013 the Government has to provided subsidized food grains to at least two third of India’s population and to provide subsidized food grains, it is compulsion of the Government to procure the crops from the farmers. He cautions farmer community not to fall prey in the hands of the Congress party which has left no stone unturned to loot the public money in last 70 years. To support small farmers, Modi Government has started Kisaan Sammaan Nidhi Yojna, under which they were already paid Rs 6000 in 3 instalments per year.