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Around 40,000 arhatiyas will observe a state-wide strike on the opening day of wheat procurement and also hold a meeting in Ludhiana to chalk next course of action.
Punjab CM Amarinder Singh has called a meeting with 'arthiyas' (commission agents) Friday to discuss about a new mechanism ahead of wheat procurement that will commence from 10 April.
For the last five decades, MSP has always been a piece of paper for most farmers. But now we have a Prime Minister who says, “MSP tha, hai, or rahega!”
The accounting clean-up will bring in transparency in the government's food subsidy budget, but FCI’s issues over cost and sale price will continue.
Central govt has been trying to implement online payment system for farmers of Punjab & Haryana since 2012, as it will ensure transparency.
Marking the 2-year anniversary of Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi, Modi said over the government has taken many initiatives for transforming agriculture.
Haryana launched Mera Pani Meri Virasat scheme, aimed at encouraging farmers to diversify beyond paddy, in May last year. It promises Rs 7,000 per acre of diversified crop.
The Bharatiya Kisan Union spokesperson's comments came soon after PM Modi's address in the Rajya Sabha in which he assured farmers that MSP will remain in the future.
The PM also hit out at those behind the protests, saying a new 'breed' of agitators who cannot live without an agitation, has emerged and the country should be beware of them.
The Jal Shakti Minister said there has been an increase of one-and-half times in the stipulated rate for crops under the Modi government.