Jana Sena President Slams Centre Over Chilli Farmers Issue

May 06, 2017 13:29
Jana Sena President Slams Centre Over Chilli Farmers Issue

Jana Sena chief Pawan Kalyan slammed the central government for being “unfair” to Telangana, over the chilli farmers issue.

The Centre should not discriminate between the Telangana State and Andhra Pradesh in procuring chillies, said Pawan Kalyan. This has evoked a rare opportunity to the Jana Sena Chief to raise his voice in support of the Telangana farmers. Pawan said in a statement, “The Centre’s decision to procure 88,300 tonnes of chilli from AP and only 33,700 tonnes from TS clearly proves that it is discriminating against Telangana, which is unfair.” “The Centre should procure the same quantity of chillies from Telangana State too,” said Pawan Kalyan.

The Centre, following multiple appeals from leaders of both states as farmers raged against the falling prices of chillies,  stated that it would buy the chillies at Rs 5,000 per quintal until May 31, under its Market Intervention Scheme (MIS). Pawan said this would leave the farmers of Telangana State ending up with at least one lakh metric tonnes of chilli stocks. “The remunerative price of Rs 5,000 per quintal of chillies, as announced by the Centre, will not provide the required help to farmers who are distressed by the falling prices and the Centre should increase the price,” added the actor-turned politician.

Pawan Kalyan further stated that, “The governments at the Centre and the States should not shrug away from their responsibility of helping the farmers crippled by debt burden arising out of lack of remunerative prices.” He further questioned, “the governments have been extending lakhs of crores of rupees, in subsidies to support of industries , and why the same relief is not extended to the farmers?”

Earlier this week, Pawan Kalyan wrote to the Andhra government, demanding that chillies should be bought at Rs 11,000 per quintal from the farmers. Pawan in a media statement said that, “Due to the negligence of the government towards farmers, they are being forced onto the roads and the incidents of protests by chilli farmers in the two states stand as an example to the situation. It is not good for the country if the farmers are left to cry.”

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