Food Corporation of India move attack against Punjab for being on forefront of farm struggle: Sanyukt Kisan Morcha | Chandigarh News

Food Corporation of India move attack against Punjab for being on forefront of farm struggle: Sanyukt Kisan Morcha | Chandigarh News

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BATHINDA: Going by the toughening of various specifications in procurement of wheat and paddy by Food Corporation of India (FCI), the 30 farm organisations of Punjab in a meeting on Thursday decided that farmers of Punjab will not submit the land record related papers.
The farm organizations also urged the farmers of Haryana, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and other states that they also should not submit the records. In this regard, a memorandum will soon be handed over to Mandi secretary in all the Mandis in the name of Prime Minister.
In the meanwhile, Sanyukt Kisan Morcha has severely opposed the move of the Food Corporation of India (FCI) of tightening procurement specifications for food grains and stated that this defies the many decades of procurement work. The morcha stated that FCI is proposing that Moisture Content will be brought down to 12% from 14% in wheat, foreign matter reduced to 0.50% from 0.75%, Slightly Damaged Grains decreased from 4% to 2%, and reducing the prevalence of shrivelled and broken grains from 6% to 4%. The proposals for uniform specifications of food grain for procurement under central pool also mention that from now on there can be no prevalence of other food grain in wheat whereas till now it was allowed up to 2%.
SKM in a statement released on Thursday stated that FCI is seeking land records details to set up DBT of the price for procured grain, knowing fully well that the actual cultivators in many cases are different from the land owners.
SKM considers these moves by FCI as an attack on the ongoing movement, and on Punjab which is in the forefront of the struggle. “Punjab and Haryana farmers will resist these moves by FCI very strongly and will chalk out a strategy for the same”, said SKM.
The morcha. going by it, has decided to mark the Muzara Lehar shahadat diwas on Friday to highlight the plight and denial of rights of tenant farmers all over India, in addition to expressing its resistance to FCI’s changed procurement norms and specifications.
SKM constituent Jai Kisan Andolan stated that farmers are receiving significantly lower prices than the MSP promised by the government in different markets for Channa/Bengalgram in states of Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka, Rajasthan and Gujarat. The farmers on the count have got nearly Rs. 140 crore less in just the first fortnight of March in just this one crop.

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