October 4, 2020 6:47:40 am
Food, Civil Supply and Consumer Affairs Minister Jayesh Radadiya on Saturday mentioned that the variety of farmers who have gotten themselves registered for promoting their groundnut to authorities at minimal assist worth (MSP) has reached 91,000 inside three days after the start of the registration course of. He added that the registration course of will go on until October 20 with none vacation in between.
“Last yr, complete 4.71 lakh farmers had obtained themselves registered for promoting their groundnut to the federal government at MSP. Against this, 91,000 farmers have gotten themselves registered inside three days of the beginning of the registration course of this yr. To be certain that farmers don’t face any issue, registration course of will go on until October 20 with none off day. Registration course of will stay on until 11 pm on daily basis and it’ll proceed on Sundays additionally,” Radadiya mentioned whereas addressing a press convention in Rajkot.
The minister’s assertion comes amid a strike by village pc entrepreneurs (VCEs) who in any other case have been doing bulk of such registration of farmers for the previous two years. But this yr, the VCEs, who’re engaged by village panchayats, went on an indefinite strike on October 1, demanding they be paid salaries as an alternative of fee for filling up types and doing registration of farmers on-line on behalf of the state authorities.
The Gujarat State Civil Supplies Corporation Limited (GSCSCL), a state authorities endeavor functioning beneath the aegis of the Ministry of Food, Civil Supply and Consumer Affairs, pays VCEs Rs10 fee for each registration of farmers they facilitate.
Radadiya, nonetheless, mentioned that if the VCEs continued with their strike, the federal government would press gram sevaks on the job. “Last yr, the registration course of was carried out by 3,500 VCEs and talati-cum-mantris. This yr, it’s being executed by 1,879 VCEs advert talati-cum-mantris, To be certain that farmers should not inconvenienced of their villages, gramsevaks might be roped in for registration course of. If want arises, cooperative societies may even be approached for doing this job,” mentioned Radadiya.
Incidentally, strike of the VCEs has badly affected registration course of in some districts. Till Friday, round 49,000 registrations have been executed.
The Central authorities has elevated MSP for groundnut from Rs 5,090 final yr to Rs 5,275 this yr. Last yr, the Centre had procured 5 lakh metric tonnes of groundnut at MSP from 2.44 lakh farmers of Gujarat.
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