CM Bhagwant Mann said earlier the procurement of moong crop on MSP in the state was to end on July 31
Chandigarh: The Punjab government on Wednesday extended the procurement date of summer moong (green gram) crop on minimum support price (MSP) till August 10.
Divulging details, CM Bhagwant Mann said earlier the procurement of moong crop on MSP in the state was to end on July 31. He said to facilitate the farmers for selling their crop, the state government has decided to extend this procurement season till August 10. Mann said managing director, Markfed, which is state nodal agency for the procurement, has been given necessary directions in this regard.
The CM said the government has also decided to bear the gap up to ₹1,000 per quintal for moong crop sold below MSP to the farmers due to damage in grain. He said that this incentive will be given to all the moong cultivators, including those who have already sold their crop to private players.
The CM said he has already directed the officers to ensure that the process of payment of this gap funding to the concerned farmers is ensured at the earliest.
So far, the state government has purchased 4807 MT of summer moong in the state, the CM said, adding that a payment worth ₹32.23 crore has been released to the farmers for their produce, which amounts to 92.15% of the total payment due, he said.
The National Conference claimed that former chief minister Farooq Abdullah had been put under house arrest, but the police later dismissed the claim. “Dr Farooq Abdullah has been placed under house arrest after returning from Nawai-Subha where he had earlier presided over a meeting and said ‘We will peacefully fight for our rights that were illegally, unconstitutionally and undemocratically snatched from us on August 5, 2019’,” the NC had tweeted on its official handle.
As the abrogation of Article 370 and creation of two Union Territories from the erstwhile state of Jammu & Kashmir completed three years on Friday, mainstream political leaders in Kashmir said they will continue to struggle for restoration of J&K’s special status. People’s Democratic Party president, Mehbooba Mufti held protest demonstration for restoration of Article 370 outside the party office in Srinagar on the third year of abrogation of the Article 370 by Indian Parliament.
As abrogation of Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir completed third year, J&K police on Friday released a data substantiating that there has been constant decrease in violence and killings of civilians post revocation of the Article 370 in the Valley. Three years ago, on August 5, Article 370 was revoked by the Parliament and the state was divided into two Union Territories – Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh, and all mainstream leaders were detained.
Pursuant upon recommendations of the Jammu and Kashmir lieutenant governor Manoj Sinha, Central Bureau of Investigation on Friday conducted searches at various places across Jammu region as part of its probe into alleged irregularities in the selection process of police sub-inspectors. Following public outcry over large scale irregularities, L-G had cancelled the entire recruitment process and subsequently had asked the CBI to conduct a probe.
BJP leader and Himachal Pradesh Cooperative Bank president Khushi Ram Balnahata on Friday said protest was not always the right way, and the agitating farmers should put forth their demand on the right platform and not on the roads. A former MLA from Rohru, Balnahata, said the protest organised at Shimla was politically motivated and an attempt to mislead the public.