Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel on Wednesday said that the Congress government will provide Rs 2500 per quintal to farmers against paddy procurement.
“A five-member committee has been constituted to study how Rs 2500 per quintal benefit could be ensured to farmers. The committee will submit its report ahead of the upcoming budget session and thereafter new scheme will be formed,” Hindustan Times quoted Baghel as saying while answering the discussions on demand proposals for the second supplementary budget for the financial year 2019-20 in state legislative assembly.
The minimum support price for paddy as fixed by the Centre is Rs 1815 per quintal for common grade paddy and Rs 1835 per quintal for Grade A paddy. Baghel announced that the difference between the price as fixed by the Centre and Rs. 2,500 as decided by the state government will be provided to farmers under the new scheme.
So, the Chhattisgarh government has agreed to procure paddy at Rs 1835 per quintal, as the rate fixed by the Centre, but it will, from its own side, ensure that farmers get Rs 2,500 per quintal for paddy.