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Govt to challenge NGT ban on diesel vehicles that are older than 10 years

The meeting was held against the backdrop of farmers' protest organised by Bharatiya Kisan Union

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

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The government Tuesday announced it will soon file a review petition against the Green Tribunal's order to ban that are over 10 years old and take several other measures to pacify agitating farmers and address their concerns.

The Centre also assured farmers that it would fix the minimum support prices (MSP) of rabi (winter-sown) crops like wheat at least 1.5 times of the production cost.

It would also try to restrict imports of agri items that are produced abundant in the country.

These decisions were taken at a meeting held here under the chairmanship of Union

The meeting was held against the backdrop of farmers' protest organised by

The Centre would also approach the to put agri related goods in the 5 per cent slab, an official statement said.

"The government will soon file a review petition against the NGT's order to ban which are more than 10 years old," it said.

The government also decided to take other steps to address problems of farmers.

The other steps include inclusion of a farmers' of chief ministers on coordination between the Mahatma Gandhi Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) and agriculture; advisory would be issued to states for proper procurement of agri produce; and banning of imports of agri products adequately produced in

On the issue of proper implementation of Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojna (PMFBY), a committee will be constituted under the G S Shekhawat. The committee would look at the implementation issues of and Kisan Credit card scheme in consultation with associations.

Further it was decided that crop damage due to stray and wild animals would be included in the on pilot basis and then could be implemented across the districts. Procurement period would also be extended to 90 days.

The main demands of the agitating farmers include implementation of the recommendations of the report, removing ban on the use of tractors which are more than 10 years old, clearing out pending payments of sugarcane purchase, increased price of sugar supplied and minimum support prices.

Farmers stayed put on the Delhi-UP border in Ghaziabad and other places, where they were stopped by the police.

The protest call has been given by the (BKU) over demands ranging from farm loan waiver to cut in fuel prices.

First Published: Tue, October 02 2018. 20:25 IST