Sitaram Yechury writes to PM Modi on issues of farmers

Yechury wrote to PM Modi demanding enactment of a law that gives farmers the right to sell their produce at minimum support price declared by the government.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Published:June 16, 2017 4:43 am
Sitaram Yechury, cpm, farmers,narendra modi CPM general secretary Sitaram Yechury

CPM general secretary Sitaram Yechury on Thursday wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi demanding enactment of a law that gives farmers the right to sell their produce at minimum support price declared by the government, and guarantees “automatic annual review of the MSP, which will be at least 50 per cent more than the comprehensive production costs as established by the Commission on Agricultural Costs and Prices for that year”.

The letter said, “There have been increasing protests by farmers in one state after another, which have been met by your silence and apathy while the state governments of your party have let the police loose on the poor farmers… The response of your party’s state government in Maharashtra has been equally inconsiderate…”

He added, “It is my duty to remind you that during your poll campaign, you had promised MSP that will provide 50 per cent net profit to the farmer over his production costs. During the last three years, you have done nothing to fulfill this promise.”

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    v b
    Jun 16, 2017 at 3:05 pm
    I regret my inadvertence in typing the price at which farmers sell their farmers as Rs.150/- per kg. The actual price at which farmers sell their paddy is Rs.15/-.
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    v b
    Jun 16, 2017 at 2:59 pm
    So long as intermediaries buy the produce from the farmers, the higher price secured by the farmers will get translated into higher cost of living of the consumers. The intermediaries wangle a price payable by consumers which is 50 to even 100 higher than the price paid to farmers. An example is paddy which is bought from farmers at around Rs.150/- per kilogram, but the rice which comes out of the conversion of paddy at not more than Rs.5/- per kg. Is sold at a minimum of Rs.45/-. It follows that farmers are to be enabled to sell their produce directly to consumers--bulk consumers, associations of residents, associations of PDS beneficiaries--
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    Harikrishnan
    Jun 16, 2017 at 11:08 am
    With the next election, you will be wiped out from Kerala, which essentially means that you have virtually no standing in India. In a state where you have ruled for decades, you are being delegated to number 3 in elections So you really think that you are representing even a small sect of people? Says thanks to the Media (instead of Marx Lenin) for still keeping you alive.
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