Bhopal: No more bonus to farmers on wheat procurement

Staff ReporterUpdated: Wednesday, May 29, 2019, 03:12 AM IST
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Bhopal: The state government has stopped giving bonus to farmers on wheat procurement to. Due to poor financial condition of the government, the wheat from the farmers would be procured at the minimum support price (MSP) as decided by the Central government.

Former Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, prior to assembly elections, had requested the Centre and got bonus started in the name of Mukhyamantri Krishak Samridhi Yojana. The Congress-led state government, after deciding not to continue with bonus on wheat procurement, has also got the scheme shelved.

The department of food and civil supplies, for the procurement of wheat from the farmers, started the registrations from its portal on Monday. The registration would be done by February 22. It is clearly said that the MSP of wheat procurement would be Rs 1840 per quintal.

During previous government, bonus was given on MSP by the Central government on wheat procurement from the farmers. Last year, the MSP of wheat was set to be Rs 1735 along with bonus, making it Rs 2000 per quintal. The then government, eying on elections, had put bonus of Rs 200 per quintal on purchase of wheat in 2017.

With a huge amount of money to be spent in farm loan waiver, the tradition of giving bonus on purchase of wheat is being stopped. Despite Narendra Modi government coming in power, the state governments were stopped from giving bonus on minimum support price (MSP). Madhya Pradesh government had been giving bonus for long time.

Leader of opposition, Gopal Bhargava said the BJP government had always tried to give more and more funds to the farmers. The farmers were given bonus on wheat procurement. According to Bhargava, our government had given bonus on procurement of stock last time too. Bhargava alleged that the Congress government was cheating the farmers. Bhargava said intensive agitation would be launched across the state on not giving bonus on MSP of wheat.

Will take issue of closing Bhawantar Yojana to streets, Chouhan writes to CM

Former Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, in a letter to Chief Minister Kamal Nath, has warned that closing Bhawantar Yojana would be taken to streets. Chouhan wrote that it was during his tenure that orders to make payment at Rs 500 per quintal flat rate on Soyabean and corn were issued. It was also decided that wheat would be procured at the rate of Rs 2100 per quintal and paddy would be procured at the rate of Rs 2500 per quintal. Chouhan wrote the current government need to ensure that execution of these orders be done in the interests of the farmers. Chouhan said if the government tried to stay away from taking decisions in farmers’ interests then the BJP would launch agitation across the state.

Bonus was stopped in 2014: Yadav

Agriculture minister Sachin Yadav has said that bonus on wheat was stopped after the formation of Narendra Modi government at the Centre. According to Yadav, a provision of Rs 1500 crore in the supplementary budget has been made by the government as incentive to be distributed to the farmers. He said there was still some time for wheat procurement and no decision to stop incentive has been taken. According to Yadav, the previous government did not take any decision to procure wheat at the rate of Rs 2100 per quintal and paddy at the rate of Rs 2500 per quintal. Yadav claimed that the BJP leaders were trying to create confusion among farmers.

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