The Finance Minister said that this is the reason that this time the State Government has kept the maximum limit for purchasing paddy from each registered farmer up to 200 quintals. The advantage of this will be that more and more farmers will get the benefit of selling paddy in MSP.
Paddy procurement case in Jharkhand (Indicative picture)
In Jharkhand, paddy will be procured from farmers at MSP from December 15. Agriculture Minister Badal Patralekh made this announcement recently. Under this, you will be able to sell your produce in packs and lamps of the state. However, complaints of irregularities in paddy procurement in this last financial year are coming to the fore. Because during the last financial year around 65,000 people who sold paddy to the government under the Minimum Support Price (MSP) regime had registered as fake farmers. In this way, they have played with the rules of the government to get benefits. That’s why all the farmers are now under scrutiny.
65000 farmers under investigation
According to the Hindustan Times report, last year around 1.79 lakh farmers had registered to sell paddy at this MSP. After this, the state government had procured 62.8 lakh paddy from farmers against the target of 60 lakh tonnes. However, after investigation, the state government now feels that around 65,000 farmers selling paddy to the government may have used wrong methods to get themselves registered to sell paddy. Jharkhand Finance Minister and Civil Supplies Minister Rameshwar Oraon said that “These 65,000 farmers have ration cards, which means they are in BPL category. This means that either they have fake ration cards or their farmers’ certificates and registration are fake. He said that we are investigating this issue and action will be taken after that.
More farmers will get benefit
The Finance Minister said that some of these farmers have reportedly sold up to 400 to 1000 quintals of paddy, which was unusual. The Finance Minister said that this is the reason that this time the State Government has kept the maximum limit for purchasing paddy from each registered farmer up to 200 quintals. The advantage of this will be that more and more farmers will get the benefit of selling paddy in MSP. Rameshwar Oraon also said that to his knowledge there is no farmer in the state who can sell 1000 quintals of paddy. At the same time, he said that we are fixing a limit of 200 quintals so that small and medium scale farmers get the benefit of the scheme.
50% amount will be paid on the spot
It is worth noting that the state government has set a target to procure 80 lakh tonnes of paddy this year. The procurement of this season is likely to start from December 15, which will be paid in parts. Immediately after the purchase of paddy, 50% of the amount due will be paid. The balance amount will be paid within the next three months.
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