Raipur: In yet another attack on the Centre, Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel on Wednesday said that the Central government is not procuring parboiled rice from Chhattisgarh in the central pool.
Baghel said that the Chhattisgarh government had made repeated requests to the Jute Commissioner of India to provide 5 lakh gathan gunny bags. Gunny bag crisis is created in the state due to Central government, he said.
The Central government has not permitted to procure parboiled rice from Chhattisgarh. Further, the Central government is discriminating against Chhattisgarh on the paddy bonus issue.
Baghel said that his predecessor Dr. Raman Singh had once given a bonus to the farmers of the state, but no question was raised during that time. When Congress came to power in Chhattisgarh, the Central government is making excuses by raising such points and trying to affect paddy procurement, Baghel alleged.
On Dr. Raman Singh’s allegations of gunny bags, Baghel said that the previous BJP government had procured around 60 lakh metric tonnes of paddy during its rule but the Congress government procured 92 lakh metric tonnes of paddy last year. Dr. Raman Singh should try to convince BJP National President Jagat Prakash Nadda over the farmers’ issue.
Baghel said that he has appealed to the central government to ban international flights from those countries where a new Covid variant has been detected. The passengers coming from the foreign countries where new Covid variant has been detected should be examined and kept in quarantine or home quarantine to prevent the spread of new Covid variant infection, he said.
Chhattisgarh received the first Covid case migrated from the United Kingdom. Had the center banned the international flights, the country could not face such a situation, Baghel added.