Raipur: The new agricultural law introduced by the Central Government is not for the farmers but it’s actually for the capitalists, said chief minister Bhupesh Baghel while discussing the Chhattisgarh Agricultural Produce Market (Amendment) Bill 2020 in the special session of Chhattisgarh Legislative Assembly today.
“The central government calls for one nation-one market, but when there is one nation and one market, the price must also be one. If central government goes on to implement the system of one nation-one market-one price, and then the law would not require amendment. By making three new laws in the agriculture sector, central government is rather favoring the capitalists. This new law of Central Government is an attempt to cheat farmers and farmers are losing confidence in the system”, he added.
Baghel strongly criticized the three agricultural laws passed by Central Government in the Vidhan Sabha Session held today. While underlining the shortcomings of these Central Government laws, he said that we want to protect the interests of our farmers and also the business sector of Chhattisgarh. “People of Chhattisgarh are innocent. Hence, we take it as our responsibility to protect the interests of farmers and general consumers, by amending the Mandi Bill. Central Government is depriving the farmers of Chhattisgarh from the benefits of PM Kisan Samman Nidhi. Central government is confusing the farmers”, he said.
Chief Minister said that we went to Delhi along with Agriculture Minister and Food Minister to request Central Government for permission to give bonus to the farmers. But our demand was rejected by the Central Government. We were forced to buy farmers' paddy at a support price instead of Rs 2500 per quintal. To protect interests of the farmers and to give them a fair price for their produce, we have launched the Rajiv Gandhi Kisan Nyay Yojana. Through this scheme, we are supporting the paddy producing farmers of the state as well as the farmers who grow sugarcane and maize.
During the discussion, Chief Minister referred to the recommendations of the Shantaram Committee and said that after abolishing the bonus, Central Government is now on a bid to shur down the PDS system. He said that PDS system of Chhattisgarh is exemplary for the country. In Chhattisgarh, 98 percent of PDS consumers have ration cards linked to their Aadhaar cards. Contrary to the report of Shantaram Committee, more than 80 percent farmers in Chhattisgarh state are benefited by the support price. Chief Minister also termed the Contract Forming Law of Central Government as fatal for the farmers. He said that we have brought a new law to protect the interests of our farmers. He said that Chhattisgarh government stands in the interest of farmers and will not let their interests be ignored.