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Govt dumps farmers’ commission proposal

The Agriculture Department has shelved the proposal to constitute a farmers’ commission as promised in the election manifesto of the Samajwadi Party.

Written by Faisal Fareed | Lucknow | Published: July 24, 2013 6:02 am

The Agriculture Department has shelved the proposal to constitute a farmers’ commission as promised in the election manifesto of the Samajwadi Party. After an exercise of over a year,Agriculture Minister Raja Anand Singh said such a commission is not required.

Besides addressing the problems of the farming community,the commission would have ensured remunerative prices of farmer’s produce. It was to submit its report to the state government within three months of its constitution.

Raj Anand Singh had in May last year announced to constitute the commission,saying it would also monitor the research being undertaken by agriculture universities and other bodies of the state and keep an account of their utility for farmers.

“The commission was announced but after an exercise of nearly 15 months,I am yet to get reasons for constituting it. I was informed by the department that one such commission existed and was disbanded during the Mayawati regime. It had 80 members,” Raja Anand Singh .

The minister said it was ridiculous to reconstitute a farmers’ commission with 80 members. “It will not serve any purpose. Even the agriculture experts in my department are not convinced about the constitution of a farmers’ commission. I think it is not required,” he stated.

Regarding the purpose mentioned in the poll manifesto for constitution of farmers’ commission,the minister said that the department is already doing the work. “It was to be related to fixing of prices of farmers’ produce. We have a separate price advisory committee which is headed by me and includes cooperative minister Shivpal Yadav. We had already given our recommendation to the central government for increasing minimum support price (MSP) of various crops. The purpose is solved,” he stated.

About the research work,the minister said a committee of agriculture scientists from reputed institutes and even state agriculture universities are working on it and giving recommendations to the Agriculture Department. “We are in touch with eminent scientists and there are several such committees in the Agriculture Department,so another farmers’ commission is not required. We are not going for it any more,” he stated.

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