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Farmers on warpath, Centre relents; procurement in Punjab, Haryana begins today

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Press Reporter News Service

New Delhi, October 2

Acceding to farmers’ demand, the Centre right now determined to start procurement of paddy in Punjab and Haryana from Sunday (October 3) as a substitute of October 11.

Minister of State for Client Affairs, Meals and Public Distribution Ashwini Kumar Choubey mentioned kharif procurement would begin in each states tomorrow.

“The selections to begin procurement in addition to settle for paddy inventory as per FAQ specs are within the general curiosity of farmers and customers,” an official assertion learn. The announcement got here after Haryana CM Manohar Lal Khattar met the Union MoS. “I’m comfortable Minister Choubey has accepted our request,” mentioned Khattar.

Expressing gratitude, Punjab CM Charanjit Singh Channi mentioned the choice would assist guarantee clean and hassle-free procurement. “On Chief Minister Charanjit Channi’s request, the Centre permits Punjab to begin paddy procurement from October 3. The Chief Minister thanks Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his private intervention to resolve this problem expeditiously (sic),” the Punjab CMO tweeted. The Punjab CM had met PM Modi on Friday on the matter.

Protest exterior Haryana CM’s residence in Karnal. Press Reporter picture

The Samyukt Kisan Morcha (SKM), an umbrella physique of farm unions spearheading the protest in opposition to the three central agricultural legal guidelines, has referred to as off the gherao of the homes of ministers, MLAs and MPs within the two states.

On Saturday, the protesters broke police barricades and confronted water cannons, together with close to the Haryana CM’s home in Karnal. In Ambala, the police put up barricades to forestall farmers from gheraoing the residence of BJP MLA Aseem Goel. Tight safety preparations had been made exterior the home of Minister Anil Vij at Ambala Cantonment. In Punjab, farmers protested exterior the residences of a number of Congress MLAs, together with Meeting Speaker Rana KP Singh in Ropar and MLA Harjot Kamal in Moga.

Drop instances: Channi to Rly Board chief

Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi on Saturday urged the Railway Board Chairman to withdraw instances filed by the Railway Safety Drive in opposition to members of varied farm organisations, pleading {that a} sympathetic view be taken.

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