NEW DELHI: Throwing its weight behind the agitated farmers on the borders of Delhi, AAP Minister Gopal Rai said on Wednesday that the Food Corporation of India should set up branches in Mandis across the national capital to acquire wheat from farmers a Minimum Support Price (MSP).
Affirming that the MSP should be a legal guarantee, the minister said that farmers in areas such as Narela, Bawana, Mundka, Najafgarh and Mehrauli are in crisis because the Center is not buying wheat from the MSP, although the harvest has already been harvested.
The legal guarantee for the MSP is one of the key issues against which thousands of farmers protest against the Center on the borders of Delhi. The AAP government has already extended its support for the unrest. “FCI has not set up a one-stop shop for the acquisition of wheat in Delhi. Still, it is making false claims to buy the crop based on MSP rates as of April 1. Although the Delhi government has written three times, the FCI has yet to open a counter and farmers are being forced to sell their wheat to other shareholders, ”accused Rai.
The government of Delhi has already requested the intervention of the Center for the FCI to start buying the wheat crop in Najafgarh and Narela Mandis. “Several union ministers reiterated the prime minister’s promise that the MSP regime would continue. There is every reason to doubt this promise, ”said Rai.
Refuting the Delhi government’s claim, the Union Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution said that the claim that the FCI did not open any counter to acquire grain in Delhi is unfounded. “The FCI Delhi region is fully prepared to purchase wheat from Delhi farmers. Three FSD Mayapuri, Narela and APMC Najafgarh Mandi centers have been in full operation since April 1st. To date, 158 quintals of wheat have been acquired at FSD Narela by the FCI Delhi region. “