Centre ready to share burden of states’ kisan welfare plans | India News
NEW DELHI: As completely different states have come out with numerous schemes to guard farmers from worth volatility, the Centre has expressed its willingness to help all of them inside the current schemes and will even spend extra in 2018-19 to obtain agricultural and horticultural commodities at remunerative costs.
“We is not going to reject states’ requests. We want states to obtain as a lot as required to cut back farmers’ ache and we’re prepared to share the monetary burden below the prevailing Worth Assist Scheme (PSS) and Market Intervention Scheme (MIS),” mentioned Union agriculture minister Radha Mohan Singh.
He informed TOI that the Centre has, in reality, been encouraging states to obtain even these farm produce at remunerative costs which aren’t coated below the minimal help worth (MSP). “Document quantity spent by the Centre below each PSS and MIS throughout 2014-15 to 2017-18 is the testimony of our dedication,” mentioned Singh.
Underneath PSS, the procurement of oil-seeds, pulses and cotton is undertaken by means of central nodal businesses at MSP. Then again, the Centre implements MIS for procurement of agricultural and horticultural commodities that are perishable in nature and should not coated below the PSS. The scheme is applied on the request of state authorities which is able to bear 50% of the loss (25% in case of north-eastern states), if any, incurred on its implementation.
Flagging the ministry’s knowledge, Singh famous that the federal government had procured pulses, oil-seeds and cotton value Rs 42,970 crore from 2014-15 to 2017-18 (until January 27) as in comparison with these produce value Rs eight,310 crore from 2011-12 to 2013-14.
Equally, the federal government has sanctioned Rs three,zero27 crore for procuring perishable farm produce below MIS throughout 2014-15 and 2017-18 (July-June crop yr) as in comparison with Rs 1,333 crore between 2011-12 to 2013-14.
The Centre has been keenly observing states’ schemes just like the one in Madhya Pradesh (Bhavantar Bhugtan Yojana), Telangana (money help to farmers to cowl enter prices), Haryana (Bhavantar Bharpai Yojana for 4 choose greens) and the proposed one from Maharashtra the place the state is exploring the choice of getting its personal MSP as Centre’s MSP doesn’t replicate regional realities and price of cultivation.
Although the MP’s scheme has drawn numerous consideration and optimistic suggestions, the Centre’s focus will proceed to be on market reforms by means of e-NAM and modification within the APMC legislation and bringing laws on contract farming to make sure remunerative costs to farmers. Officers within the ministry suppose the state-specific schemes are only a short-term answer.
“These schemes are wanted as a result of the states failed to obtain crops on MSPs. In the event that they strengthen their procurement mechanism, the prevailing methods together with PSS and MIS have potential to deal with farmers’ woes on worth entrance,” mentioned an official.
Underneath the MP’s ‘Bhavantar Bhugtan Yojana’, state authorities pays farmers the distinction between MSP for crops and their common market charges. Farmers get cash in the event that they must promote their produce in open market beneath MSP. In Haryana, however, the state authorities fixes protected worth for potatoes, onion, cauliflower and tomatoes. If costs of those greens fall beneath the protected worth, farmers might be compensated for the deficit.
Telangana has, nonetheless, a special method to help farmers. The state will disburse Rs four,000 per acre twice a yr (Kharif and Rabi) to cowl prices of main inputs (fertilisers, seeds and pesticides). Disbursement below this money help scheme will begin from Kharif season this yr (Might). It’s going to price Rs 12,000 crore per yr to the state exchequer.
(With enter from Rajendra Sharma & Ankur Sirothia in Bhopal and Krishna Prasad in Hyderabad)