You are here: Home » Politics » News » North
Business Standard

Navjot Singh Sidhu slams Goyal; claims Centre wants to destroy mandi system

Congress leader Navjot Singh Sidhu on Sunday attacked Union Food Minister Piyush Goyal over his letter regarding the issue of direct payment to farmers

Topics
Navjot Singh Sidhu | Indian Farmers | Mandi

Press Trust of India  |  Chandigarh 

Navjot Singh Siddhu
Navjot Singh Siddhu

Congress leader on Sunday attacked Union Food Minister over his letter regarding the issue of direct payment to farmers and alleged that the central government wanted to destroy and disrupt the state's tried and tested system.

Goyal had written a letter to the Punjab government asking it to implement a system for direct payment to farmers for crop procurement.

The state government was also asked to integrate land records available with the revenue department with the procurement portal.

Addressing the media in Patiala, the cricketer-turned-politician alleged that the motive of the letter was to disrupt the age-old, tried and tested, and successful system that allows for the implementation of minimum support price (MSP) in the state.

It also intended to create a division between arhtiyas (commission agents) and farmers in the state, he claimed.

This letter is part of a larger conspiracy to stall the procurement of wheat crops in Punjab and destroy the state's agricultural economy, he alleged.

Sidhu said according to Goyal, the revenue department of the state government had all the information about the land records of the state's farmers.

But according to the data collected by the National Sample Survey for year 2012-13, it shows that more than 24 per cent of the land under cultivation in Punjab is under tenancy, he added.

These tenancy contracts are oral or unwritten in nature, he said, adding that the land under tenancy might have increased and not decreased over the years.

If the sale of wheat crop is allowed with ownership rights, then about 25 to 30 per cent farmers will not receive payment for sale of their crops, he claimed.

The former Punjab minister accused the centre of planning to destroy the state's successful Agriculture Produce Marketing Committee model and also questioned the timing of the letter.

The timing of this letter is further questionable as farmers prepare for cultivation of Rabi crop, he said.

He emphasised that the state and its people should come together and build an alternative economic model for Punjab's agricultural prosperity.

(Only the headline and picture of this report may have been reworked by the Business Standard staff; the rest of the content is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

Dear Reader,


Business Standard has always strived hard to provide up-to-date information and commentary on developments that are of interest to you and have wider political and economic implications for the country and the world. Your encouragement and constant feedback on how to improve our offering have only made our resolve and commitment to these ideals stronger. Even during these difficult times arising out of Covid-19, we continue to remain committed to keeping you informed and updated with credible news, authoritative views and incisive commentary on topical issues of relevance.
We, however, have a request.

As we battle the economic impact of the pandemic, we need your support even more, so that we can continue to offer you more quality content. Our subscription model has seen an encouraging response from many of you, who have subscribed to our online content. More subscription to our online content can only help us achieve the goals of offering you even better and more relevant content. We believe in free, fair and credible journalism. Your support through more subscriptions can help us practise the journalism to which we are committed.

Support quality journalism and subscribe to Business Standard.

Digital Editor

First Published: Sun, April 04 2021. 19:14 IST
RECOMMENDED FOR YOU