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Farmers to protest wheat imports on 20 August

Farmers to protest wheat imports on 20 August
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First Published: Tue, Aug 14 2007. 07 25 PM IST
Updated: Tue, Aug 14 2007. 07 25 PM IST
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Chandigarh: Seeking a probe into the Centre’s decision to import wheat, farmers from seven growing states will hold a demonstration in the Capital on 20 August.
Disclosing this here today, BJP Kisan Morcha national president Vinod Pandey told reporters that “farmers from seven wheat growing states will converge at the National Capital on 20 August to protest the anti-peasant policies of the UPA Government.”
Farmers from Punjab, Haryana, Western Uttar Pradesh, Bihar Madhya Pradesh and Delhi would be among others who would protest the UPA Government’s policies.
He also demanded a probe into the policy to the Centre to import wheat.
“Around 50 lakh tonnes of wheat is being imported at Rs1,100 per quintal,“ he said while questioning why the Centre was not providing the same price to farmers here.
“The minimum support price (MSP) of wheat should be at least Rs1,000 per qunital,” he demanded.
Smelling “major scandal” in the decision of the Centre to import wheat, Pandey said this needed to be probed.
He said that the farmers should get price of their produce in consonance with the prevailing market price.
“During the previous NDA regime, wheat was being exported but now due to wrong policies of the Centre the produce in being imported,” he said.
Pandey also demanded the implementation of Kisan Expenditure Insurance Scheme with immediate effect and revival of Vajpayee’s dream project of inter connectivity of rivers in the country.
He said that the farmers were also against the entry of big houses in the retail sector. “This will affect about five crore people of the country,” he added.
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First Published: Tue, Aug 14 2007. 07 25 PM IST