Chandigarh, March 21: Haryana Deputy Chief Minister, Dushyant Chautala said that neither will mandis be closed in Haryana nor will the procurement system on Minimum Support Price (MSP) be scrapped. Mandis are the backbone of the State Government as no crop procurement system can be imagined without these. The Deputy Chief Minister was addressing a gathering during the Holi Milan ceremony at village Nariala in Faridabad as the chief guest on Sunday.
Addressing the gathering, the Deputy Chief Minister said that during the wheat season last year, every single grain of farmers was procurement in the entire state. Earlier, the farmers ‘payment used to be deposited in the account of the arthiyas, but after talking to the arthiyas, the farmers’ payment was sent directly to the farmers’ account. He said that last year, 23 per cent farmers were paid directly in the wheat season and 67 per cent farmers were paid directly in the paddy season. This time 78 percent of the farmers have uploaded their own accounts. He said that this time after the farmers bring wheat and other crops to the mandi their payment for the crops will be deposited directly to their accounts within 48 hours as soon as they submit the Form-J. He said that some people are spreading rumors that the mandis will shutdown, but the mandis are the backbone of the State Government’s procurement process. He said that there were 450 procurement centres in Haryana and in view of COVID-19 last year the number was increased to 1800. Considering the convenience of the farmers, procurement centres were set up close to their homes. He said that the State Government is fully committed to providing all kinds of facilities to the farmers and if required, the crop can directly be procured from the farmer’s field as well.
The Deputy Chief Minister said that today traders are buying mustard at prices higher than MSP in the state and this race is very important for agriculture sector. He said that this time the State Government will also procure barley crops. Describing the government as completely farmer friendly, he said that today the State Government is working to further strengthen farmers and agriculture. He said that today Haryana Chief Minister, Sh. Manohar Lal himself has dedicated developmental projects worth Rs. 1411 crore to the people of the state.
While talking about the development of roads in the state, he said that under the Gramin Sadak Yojana, Rs. 2000 crore have been spent in the state. Roads connecting most of the mandis have been built, he added. He told the people of Faridabad that KGP will prove to be a boon for the people and the people will benefit from the Panchgram Yojana. Along with other industries, big IT companies will also come here, he added. He said that Jewar Airport will also be connected to Faridabad with three flyovers which will prove to be a milestone in its development.
He said that while the Zila Parishads used to get Rs. 1crore to Rs. 1.5 crore earlier, this time the district with lesser villages like Faridabad has got Rs. 25 crore. Talking about strengthening rural areas by the present government, he said that today there is 50 percent reservation for women in panchayats.