The Kamalnath government, which is struggling with a financial crisis, has suffered a significant shock from the Center on wheat procurement. The Modi government has made it clear to the Kamal Nath government that it will take only 66 lakh metric tonnes of wheat this time, whereas Kamalnath government has procured 74 lakh metric tonnes of corn at the support price. In such a situation, the state government will have to bear the expenditure of eight metric tonnes. This decision has raised the concern of the Kamal Nath government. The government has demanded to increase it from the letter writing centre. The news is that Chief Minister Kamal Nath will be discussing this with Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar soon. Explain that the state government has procured wheat at the support price of Rs. 2000 per quintal from farmers. This includes the Center’s support worth 1840 rupees and the state government’s 160 rupees bonus. Before the purchase of wheat, the state government had sought permission from the Center for procuring 80 lakh metric tonnes of grain, on which the central government had only permitted to buy wheat at 23 lakh tonnes for the distribution of PDS.
The government said, there should be no two behaviour
On this, the State Government argued that till now the central government has been raising the wheat purchased at the support price in Madhya Pradesh. There was no condition of wheat distributed in PDS. After which the Center had spoken orally to the state, it would buy grain at support price from farmers; the central government would pick up full wheat. But due to the Lok Sabha elections, no agreement was given in writing. Now that the Lok Sabha elections have ended, the Center has issued a letter to the state government that it will not raise 66 lakh metric tonnes of wheat, whereas the state government has purchased 74 lakh metric tonnes of grain from the farmers.
The state government will come up with a burden of 1500 crore
In this case, there is a crisis of eight metric tonnes of wheat in front of the state government, because if it does not buy grain, it will directly bear the burden of 1500 crore on the state government. Since the state’s treasury is already empty, it is difficult to bear the responsibility of 1500 crore by the state government. Taking this issue seriously, the state government has now written a letter to the Center and has demanded approval for procuring 74 lakh tonnes of wheat. In the letter, the state government has also referred to the previous purchase. In this regard, Chief Minister Kamal Nath will be discussing this with Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar soon. The State Government is fully confident that the Center will understand their point and will be ready to take up the whole wheat.