Paddy procurement issue in Uttar Pradesh, Bihar will be solved soon: Thomas
Food and Civil Supplies Minister K V Thomas today assured the Lok Sabha that the issue of paddy procurement in Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and other rice producing states will be solved very soon as a high level delegation will be sent there to inquire into the matter.
As soon as the House re-assembled at 1400 hrs after its adjournment during Zero Hour, Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav raised the issue and alleged that the Government was not doing enough to provide Minimum Support Price (MSP) to the farmers in Uttar Pradesh.
Mr Yadav stood up and requested Deputy Speaker Karia Munda to allow him to speak on rice procurement and lack of storage facilities like shortage of Food Corporation of India (FCI) goodowns in the state saying this matter of urgent importance and he was allowed by the chair.
The SP supremo said the Government is not buying paddy from the farmers in the state due to which they are facing hardship.
He also alleged that in some cases FCI procured the paddy from the farmers and later refused to make the cash payment saying the quality is not good, which is a matter of great concern for poor farmers as they are not getting remunerative prices from any sources now.