Government’s wheat procurement down at 184.58 lakh tonnes so far

The government has procured 184.58 lakh tonnes of wheat at a MSP value of Rs 37,192.07 crore so far in the ongoing 2022-23 rabi marketing year, benefitting 17.50 lakh farmers, the Food Ministry said on Monday. Total wheat purchases made by the Food Corporation of India (FCI) and state agencies are, however, much lower than … Read more

Term limits, new departments: Key decisions by Congress during 3-day Chintan Shivir

(This story originally appeared in on May 15, 2022) NEW DELHI: The Congress on Sunday adopted the ‘Udaipur Nav Sankalp Declaration’, a roadmap for wide-ranging reforms in the party organisation to make it battle-ready for the next round of assembly and Lok Sabha polls. Sunday was the last day of the three-day Chintan Shivir being … Read more

Congress calls for law guaranteeing MSP for crops, says want to make farmers ‘debt-free’

The Congress on Saturday called for enacting a law guaranteeing minimum support price (MSP) for crops and said its aim is to ensure that farmers are “debt-free”. Addressing a press conference on the second day of the ongoing ‘Chintan Shivir’, senior Congress leader and former Haryana chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda also said the party … Read more

Farmers sell wheat to private players on global demand, lesser yield

With the rise in global demands of wheat, farmers across states are making a beeline to sell the produce to private players, instead of government procurement agencies, to earn a better remuneration. This has seen significant decline in government procurement in the current rabi season, which could lead to shortage of the essential commodity in … Read more

PMGKAY: Wheat allocation to be cut, rice to go up for beneficiaries

The government will increase allocation of rice and decrease that of wheat to beneficiaries under its free grains programme as part of efforts to ensure availability of wheat in the domestic market amid a forecast of reduced crop yield this year. Under the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Ann Yojana (PMGKAY), 800 million poor people are … Read more

Centre releases Rs 2,94,718 cr to FCI, states as food subsidy last fiscal

The Centre has released Rs 2,94,718 crore towards food subsidy during the last fiscal to Food Corporation of India (FCI) and states, which is slightly higher than the revised budget estimates. During the financial year 2021-22, the Department of Food & Public Distribution released Rs 2,94,718 crore towards food subsidy, under both DCP (decentralised procurement) … Read more

Govt’s paddy procurement reaches 741.62 lac tons so far in 2021-22 season

The Centre has procured 741.62 lakh tonne of paddy in the ongoing 2021-22 marketing year so far at the minimum support price (MSP), Union Food Ministry said on Monday. “Till now about 105.14 lakh farmers have been benefitted with MSP value of Rs 1,45,358.13 crore,” the ministry said in a statement. A quantity of 741.62 … Read more

Union Budget disappointing, nothing in it for common people: Kejriwal

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday dubbed the Union Budget 2022-23 as “disappointing” and said it has nothing for the common people. In a tweet in Hindi, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) national convenor noted that people had “high expectations” from the Union Budget during the corona period but there is nothing in it … Read more

MSP for every crop, free irrigation, cane arrear in 15 days: Akhilesh Yadav’s promises to farmers

Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav Monday made several promises to the farmers of Uttar Pradesh including MSP for every crop, free irrigation facilities, payment of arrears to cane-growers in 15 days, interest-free loans, and insurance and pension. Yadav also said that cases lodged against farmers during their agitation against the now-repealed farm laws would be … Read more