The farmers’ wing of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) has written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, seeking urgent intervention to help reduce distress caused to farmers due to demonetisation.
“We have written letters to the two asking them to allow transactions at district cooperative banks and credit cooperative societies (CCSs) on par with the nationalised banks,’’ Bhartiya Kisan Sangh general secretary Badrinarayan Chaudhari said.
Chaudhari added that farmers were unable to buy seeds and fertilisers for the Rabi season at many places due to the demonetisation. “CCSs do provide seeds and other inputs at many places. Allowing them to transact business would help farmers.”
He pointed out that gram seed prices have gone up substantially as chana dal prices have risen up to Rs 14,000 per quintal. “If the Food Corporation of India would have released the pulse in the market, this would not have happened. So how are farmers going to buy the seeds?”
Chaudhari said that about 25 lakh sacks of groundnut were lying unsold in Rajasthan’s Sirohi district as the state government is yet to buy them under the minimum support price. BKS’s Vidarbha unit president Nana Akhare said, “The government has banned transactions in cooperative banks that have the maximum reach in the rural areas.’’