Patna: Refuting opposition cost that abolition of APMC Act has labored towards farmers of Bihar, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar Tuesday stated actually the agri reforms have benefitted the cultivators which might be understood from the truth that the state has made highest ever 35.59 lakh metric tonnes (MT) of paddy procurement within the present season.
Replying to a debate on the movement of thanks on the Governor’s tackle to the joint session of the state legislature on Friday, the chief minister talked about the pioneering efforts made by the state to struggle coronavirus and different initiatives to enhance well being, energy, street and many others, drawing a comparability with the state of affairs 15 years again.
He stated the state authorities made elaborate preparations for paddy buy and even prolonged the period of the procurement from the farmers and asserted that no farmer is left from whom paddy must be procured now.
Bihar had performed away with the Agriculture Produce Market Committee (APMC) Act method again in 2006 and in addition ended the mandi system.
Mr Kumar has supported the centre’s three new farm legal guidelines having related contents.
Dismissing the opposition cost that the over one-and-a half-decade again agriculture reforms in Bihar have labored towards the farmers who’ve been compelled to promote their grain at a a lot cheaper price than the MSP, Mr Kumar reeled out figures to rely the virtues of the farm legislations for the state.
Mr Kumar stated categorically that the federal government will make no extra paddy procurement within the present season as merchants/ middlemen who had purchased the grain from the cultivators earlier than the procurement course of have been attempting to promote it within the identify of farmers and this may not be allowed at any price.
“Initially, farmers didn’t wish to promote their paddy at procurement centres. The federal government despatched groups in villages and motivated them to take action after which 5 lakh farmers bought their paddy.”
“If anybody, now, is in search of extension of date for paddy procurement, then they’re actually not farmers moderately they’re merchants or middlemen who wish to promote paddy which they bought from farmers at a less expensive charge and now wish to become profitable. We won’t enable such issues to occur,” Mr Kumar stated.
Paddy procurement ended on February 21 within the state.
The state authorities had prolonged the deadline for the paddy procurement which was to be over by January 31.
Paddy procurement was 21.59 lakh MT in 2011-12, he stated whereas declaring that solely 12,000 MT paddy was procured in 2000-01 and 72,000 MT in 2004-05 throughout RJD regime which had saved itself away from the paddy procurement course of.
It was his authorities which strengthened the procurement system within the state and carried it by State Meals Company, PACS and Vyapar Mandal, Mr Kumar added.
In his 74-minute lengthy reply, Mr Kumar talked about his authorities’s achievements in varied fields be it containing COVID-19, regulation and order, well being care services, schooling, energy availability, rising per capita revenue, rising manufacturing and productiveness, improvement of infrastructure together with roads, bridges and many others.
Stating that there was enchancment on the COVID-19 entrance because the variety of instances has eased off throughout the nation and within the state too, he stated the state authorities is cautious and alert and has requested Principal Secretary, Well being, to extend testing so as to include the numbers, significantly within the backdrop of sudden rise in instances in some states.
Dwelling on the problem of regulation and order, he stated Bihar ranked 25th in crime instances within the nation as per the NCRB, 2019 information.
Mr Kumar stated that Bihar registered 10.5 per cent progress at fixed costs in 2019-20. Not solely this, Bihars budgets dimension has elevated to Rs 2.18 lakh crore in 2021-22 from Rs 23,885 crore in 2004-05.
Evaluating the figures with that of the RJDs regime, he stated that per capita revenue was Rs 7914 at fixed value in 2004-05 which has elevated to Rs 50,735 in 2019-20.
Reminding concerning the previous days, Mr Kumar stated that state may draw barely 700 MW when he took reins within the state in November 2005, however now the ability provide state of affairs has modified with the state drawing 5932 MW at the moment.
In addition to, the federal government has determined to put in pre-paid good meters to do away with the issue of meter studying or issues regarding anomalies in power payments, he stated including that he raised the problem of 1 nation one charge of electrical energy throughout not too long ago held assembly of the Niti Aayog.
Mr Kumar stated that his authorities carried out agriculture roadmap which has helped the state enhance each manufacturing and productiveness of assorted produce.
The productiveness of paddy was 16.four quintal per hectare in 2005-06 which rose to 33.50 quintal now, he stated and added that wheats productiveness has additionally elevated to 25.95 quintals from 13.79 quintals per hecares.
Equally, paddy manufacturing has elevated to 108.76 lakh MT at current from 52.18 lakh MT in 2005-06, he stated and added that wheat manufacturing has elevated to 55.79 lakh MT (at current) from 27.63 lakh MT in 2005-06.
Mr Kumar stated that his authorities has taken choice to offer water to each farm land underneath “Saat Nischay (seven resolves) part-2 scheme which has already been initiated.
Not happy with the federal government’s reply, Chief of Opposition Tejashwi Prasad Yadav and different opposition events besides AIMIM staged a stroll out on the fag finish of the reply.
Later, AIMIM too walked out of the Home.
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