Punjab And Haryana Will Begin Purchasing Paddy From Tomorrow, According To The Government, Despite Protests

The government had previously postponed paddy procurement until October 11 due to crop maturity delays caused by recent heavy rains, but farmers objected today.

Punjab And Haryana Will Begin Purchasing Paddy From Tomorrow, According To The Government, Despite Protests
Punjab And Haryana Will Begin Purchasing Paddy From Tomorrow, According To The Government, Despite Protests

Paddy and millet procurement in Haryana and Punjab will begin tomorrow, according to Ashwini Choubey, the Union Minister of State for Food, who met with Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar and his deputy, Dushyant Chautala, in Delhi on Saturday afternoon. "The Haryana government has assured that paddy purchase will begin tomorrow, as per the decision taken" (Sunday). They have prepared everything. Punjab has already started procurement... both states would start buying tomorrow," he said. 

"Due to the monsoon delay, the national government postponed the start of paddy and millet purchase from October 1 to October 11 this year... There is pressure to get started as soon as possible. Mr Khattar affirmed that the procurement process will begin tomorrow. Charanjit Channi, the new Punjab Chief Minister, met Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Delhi yesterday to discuss agriculture regulations and to request that the government begin buying paddy and millet.

Mr Choubey met with Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar today, only hours after large protests erupted outside Mr Khattar's home in the Karnal region. Between 1,000 and 1,500 enraged farmers announced their plan to camp overnight in protest of the delayed acquisition of their crops. Farmers were momentarily drenched with water cannons and were seen standing atop a pile of yellow police barricades, shouting angrily, as a few security officials in riot gear looked on. Rakesh Tikait, a farmer leader, had warned of the protests the day before.

"To demand paddy procurement, farmers will protest outside the homes of BJP-JJP MLAs (in Haryana) and the office of the collector in Punjab tomorrow," he had tweeted. The centre had earlier postponed procurement of paddy till October 11 citing delays in the maturity of the crop due to the recent heavy rainfall. Crop procurement in India is undertaken by the centre's Food Corporation of India, which works in tandem with state-level agencies. Paddy procurement usually starts from October 1.

Paddy and millet procurement in Haryana and Punjab will begin tomorrow, according to Ashwini Choubey, the Union Minister of State for Food, who met with Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar and his deputy, Dushyant Chautala, in Delhi on Saturday afternoon. "The Haryana government has assured that paddy purchase will begin tomorrow, as per the decision taken" (Sunday). They have prepared everything. Punjab has already started procurement... both states would start buying tomorrow," he said. 

"Due to the monsoon delay, the national government postponed the start of paddy and millet purchase from October 1 to October 11 this year... There is pressure to get started as soon as possible.The procurement will start tomorrow," Mr Khattar confirmed. Yesterday, new Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Channi met Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Delhi to discuss the farm laws and ask the centre to start buying paddy and millet.

The meeting between Mr Choubey and the Haryana Chief Minister today came hours after massive protests erupted outside Mr Khattar's home in the Karnal district. Between 1,000 and 1,500 enraged farmers announced their plan to camp overnight in protest of the delayed acquisition of their crops. Farmers were momentarily drenched with water cannons and were seen standing atop a pile of yellow police barricades, shouting angrily, as a few security officials in riot gear looked on. Rakesh Tikait, a farmer leader, had warned of the protests the day before. Farmers would protest outside the homes of BJP-JJP MLAs (in Haryana) and the collector's office in Punjab tomorrow to demand paddy procurement, he tweeted.

The centre had earlier postponed procurement of paddy till October 11 citing delays in the maturity of the crop due to the recent heavy rainfall. Crop procurement in India is undertaken by the centre's Food Corporation of India, which works in tandem with state-level agencies. Paddy procurement usually starts from October 1.