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Arhatiyas write out slips at Maur mandi in Bathinda, Punjab | Photo: Urjita Bhardwaj | ThePrint

Punjab arhatiyas to go on strike today over DBT scheme for farmers

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.
Sacks of wheat in a godown | Representational image | Photo: ANI

Punjab govt agrees to implement direct bank transfer of MSP for farmers from 10 April

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.
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Why MSP is a fraud: Yogendra Yadav

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!”
File photo | An employee inspects a godown of Food Corporation of India (FCI) where rice bags are being stored during a nationwide lockdown, in Srinagar | PTI

Why cleaning up FCI’s books won’t resolve India’s agriculture crisis or food subsidy bill

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.
Representational image of workers unloading produce at a mandi | Photo: Urjita Bhardwaj | ThePrint

Punjab, Haryana fear arhatiyas after Modi govt nudges them to pay farmers directly online

Central govt has been trying to implement online payment system for farmers of Punjab & Haryana since 2012, as it will ensure transparency.
File photo of Prime Minister Narendra Modi | PTI

Govt ushered ‘historic increase’ in MSP, doing all to double farmers’ incomes, says PM Modi

Marking the 2-year anniversary of Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi, Modi said over the government has taken many initiatives for transforming agriculture.
Cotton at the mandi in Sirsa district | By special arrangement

Why Haryana’s plan to move farmers away from paddy is floundering

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.

Those wanting business over hunger will be driven out of the country, says Rakesh Tikait

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.

MSP was there, is there & will remain in future, says PM Modi in appeal to farmers

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.
Union Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat

Confusion being spread among farmers on MSP, says Union minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat

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.

On Camera

IPL suspended, but survey shows 33% Indians wanted it to go on

The Covid-19 situation is far more dire in the Hindi-speaking states and hence the responses may be reflective of the situation there vis-à-vis the southern states.
File image of former RBI governor Raghuram Rajan | PTI

India’s Covid crisis shows lack of foresight, complacency, says Raghuram Rajan

Former RBI governor Rajan says India’s relative success with first wave likely led to a sense that vaccines could be rolled out slowly, adds that the govt is now in 'emergency mode'.

Defence

A file photo of a Covid ward set up at an Army hospital, in Prayagraj. | Photo: ANI

Nearly 15% Covid beds in select military hospitals could be made available to civilians

The defence ministry has approved 50 Armed Forces Medical Services hospitals for offering treatment to civilians on a referral basis.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

Mayday, Mayday — How Modi govt led India into a perfect storm

Triumphalism, premature declaration of victory meant no one checked if India had enough vaccines, oxygen, remdesivir, bringing us back to a crisis where we need foreign aid after four decades.