New Delhi: Amid continued tensions between the Center and the Telangana government over paddy supply, Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday demanding a uniform foodgrain supply policy across the country. .
This comes a day after a delegation of Telangana ministers left for the national capital to meet with Central Minister of Food and Public Distribution Piyush Goyal and request the Center to procure all the paddy in the state during the Rabi season, even as the Union Minister alleged that the state government was not cooperating.
In a letter to the Prime Minister, Rao wrote, “You know that about half of the population of our country depends on agriculture as their main occupation and also their main source of livelihood. Furthermore, the agricultural sector contributes significantly to the growth of other sectors of the economy both as a supplier of raw materials and also as a consumer of finished products and services, thus playing a crucial role in the nation’s overall economy. Therefore, we should have a national foodgrain sourcing policy, which should be uniform across the country and cover all foodgrains. Moreover, such a policy should have appropriate legal backing to ensure its implementation.
“I strongly recommend that you convene a meeting with agricultural experts and chief ministers to discuss and debate to formulate an appropriate national procurement policy,” he added.
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Earlier, KCR said that in the last Rabi season, the paddy production in Telangana was 54-55 lakh tons and this year it is expected to drop to 35 lakh tons due to government efforts. State to encourage farmers to seek crop diversification.
Out of this total, three lakh tons of paddy will be used for seed while two lakh tons will be kept by farmers for their own use.
Stating very clearly that the country’s food security is the constitutional responsibility of the central government, KCR, quoted by the IANS news agency, had declared: “It cannot evade this responsibility by invoking surplus production. Even if there is a production surplus, the government should keep it as a buffer stock, process it or even bear some losses. »
“You take paddy and pay MSP like you do in Punjab. Nothing more nothing less,” he added.
The Chief Minister also said that in case the Center does not respond positively to the state’s request, there will be “action-oriented” protests.