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Direct payment to farmers: Sidhu slams Goyal; claims Centre wants to ‘destroy’ mandi system

Congress chief Navjot Singh Sidhu on Sunday attacked Union Food Minister Piyush Goyal over his letter concerning the problem of direct payment to farmers and alleged that the central authorities wished to “destroy and disrupt” the state’s tried and examined mandi system. Goyal had written a letter to the Punjab authorities asking it to implement a system for direct payment to farmers for crop procurement.

The state authorities was additionally requested to combine land data obtainable with the income division with the procurement portal.

Addressing the media in Patiala, the cricketer-turned-politician alleged that the motive of the letter was to “disrupt” the age-old, tried and examined, and profitable mandi system that enables for the implementation of minimal assist value (MSP) within the state.

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  • It additionally meant to create a “division” between arhtiyas (fee brokers) and farmers within the state, he claimed.

    This letter is a part of a “larger conspiracy” to stall the procurement of wheat crops in Punjab and destroy the state’s agricultural financial system, he alleged.

    Sidhu stated in accordance to Goyal, the income division of the state authorities had all of the details about the land data of the state’s farmers.

    But in accordance to the info collected by the National Sample Survey for 12 months 2012-13, it exhibits that greater than 24 per cent of the land beneath cultivation in Punjab is beneath tenancy, he added.

    “These tenancy contracts are oral or unwritten in nature,” he stated, including that the land beneath tenancy may need elevated and never decreased through the years.

    If the sale of wheat crop is allowed with possession rights, then about 25 to 30 per cent farmers won’t obtain payment on the market of their crops, he claimed.

    The former Punjab minister accused the centre of planning to “destroy” the state’s profitable Agriculture Produce Marketing Committee mannequin and likewise questioned the timing of the letter.

    “The timing of this letter is further questionable as farmers prepare for cultivation of Rabi crop,” he stated.

    He emphasised that the state and its individuals ought to come collectively and construct “an alternative economic model” for Punjab’s agricultural prosperity.

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