Token system is not binding for paddy purchase — Mayawati
The Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Ms. Mayawati has directed all commissioners to make efforts again for providing appropriate price
to sugar cane farmers by sugar mills for their produce on the basis of mutual consent among them and cane farmers’ representatives
and sugar mill owners. This price should be more than SAP announced by the state government, besides other incentives and
facilities. In this connection, a government order has been issued.
The office bearers of Bhartiya Kisan Union (BKU) demanded more support price for wheat next year terming it as insufficient.
The Chief Minister said that letter would be sent to Central Government to provide more support price for wheat. She directed
that token system was not binding for paddy purchase and the total output of farmers’ crop would be purchased.
Ms. Mayawati gave these directives today when Principal Secretaries to CM Mr. Netram and Mr. Shailesh Krishna apprised her
about the conclusions of the meeting held between them and office bearers of BKU. In the meeting, National spokesman of BKU
Chaudhri Rakesh Tikait, National Vice President Mr. Rajesh Singh Chauhan, National Secretary Mr. Raj Pal Sharma, National Vice
President Mr. Balram Singh, State President Mr. Bhanu Pratap Singh, State Vice President Mr. Harpal Singh, Secretary Mr.
Dharmendra Chaudhri and Purvanchal President Mr. Deewan Chandra Chaudhri were present. These office bearers handed over a
memorandum and demanded solution of several problems including sugar cane price soon.
The Chief Minister with a view to solving the problems of farmers on priority basis directed to make Kisan Bandhu constituted
at district level more effective and said that actual participation of farmers should be ensured in these meetings. The office bearers
said that Kisan Bandhu had become defunct. Besides, on the demand of BKU office bearers regarding the availability of fertilisers
and seeds for sowing of rabi crops and appropriate steps to prevent spurious fertilisers and uncertified seeds for sale, the C.M. directed
the district magistrates to strictly check the hoarding and black marketing of fertilisers and making fertilisers and seeds available to
farmers in enough quantity.
She also directed to verify the quantity of fertilisers, which had been made available to private stock holders and retailers, besides its distribution among farmers. She said that the state government was fully committed towards the interests of cane farmers. On the demand of electricity connection to private tube-wells and the availability of material for sanctioned connection within a month, the Chief Minister directed the officers of electricity
department to ensure the availability of concerning equipments, besides 10-hour power supply in rural areas. The Chief Minister also directed to take action for withdrawal of the cases slapped on farmers during the agitation in the state in which no violence had taken place. On the demand of considering the wife of farmer as a unit under Farmers’ Accident Insurance Scheme, the Chief Minister assured that letter would be sent to Government of India for insurance of farmers’ crops on the basis of personal agriculture. She also directed for spraying of pesticides and fogging in different
areas. The office bearers of BKU appreciated the Chief Minister and the State Government for their seriousness towards solving the
problems of farmers and they thanked for the cordial atmosphere during the talks.