Facing criticism for its inability to procure the bumper crop of tur (pigeon pea), the Maharashtra government is likely to auction the so-far procured tur (pigeon pea) through a global tender.
In a meeting on Tuesday, the state cabinet discussed the issue of tur and the situation that has resulted from the anger among the farmers.
The government is considering auctioning tur as it does not have enough space to store the procured amount. The state so far has obtained only 40 lakh quintal of tur out of a total production of 1.10 crore quintal.
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- Finance Minister Sudhir Mungantiwar confirmed the government's plan to auction tur. "It is always better to sell it rather than to let it rot in the godowns", he said.
- According to Mungantiwar, at Rs 7,000 per quintal, Uttar Pradesh is paying the maximum price for the grain yield. "We will invite tenders for selling tur. If traders from Uttar Pradesh are interested, they will come forward with a tender", he said.
- He recalled the Supreme Court's guidelines issued in 2009. The apex court at that time had slammed the union government for not taking proper care of foodgrains after it came to light that foodgrains worth Rs 55,000 crore had rotten in godowns because of rain and other factors.
- Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has ordered the state machinery to expedite the process of tur procurement.
- He has asked the marketing department to complete the procurement on a war footing, working overtime for five to six hours.
- Meanwhile, farmer organisation Baliraja Shetkari Sanghatana agitated outside the mantralaya (ministry) demanding better market prices for tur and onion.
- At least 20 workers of this organisation threw tur daal in front of the Mantralaya's (ministry's) gate and staged dharna for around 10 minutes before they were detained by the police.
- The opposition Congress-NCP as well as BJP's ruling partner Shiv Sena have demanded that the government call a special session of the state legislature to discuss the issues of farmers.
- A delegation of Opposition parties led by Congress' Radhakrishna Vikhe-Patil called on Governor Ch. Vidyasagar Rao and conveyed their demand.
- At the same time, a Shiv Sena delegation led by Environment Minister Ramdas Kadam met Fadnavis raising the same issue.