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Navjot Singh Sidhu criticizes Goyal; claims The Center wants to destroy the mandi system

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Congress leader Navyot Singh Sidhu on Sunday attacked Union Food Minister Piyush Goyal over his letter on the issue of direct payment to farmers and claimed the central government wanted to overthrow and disrupt the state’s proven mandate system.

Goyal had written a letter to the Punjab government urging it to implement a system of direct payments to farmers for crop procurement.

The state government was also asked to integrate available land data with the revenue department with the procurement portal.

Addressing the media in Patiala, the cricketer turned to politics claimed that the motive of the letter was to dismantle the old, proven and proven and successful mandi system that allows the implementation of the minimum support price (MSP) in the state.

It also aimed to create a divide between arhtiyas (commission agents) and farmers in the state, he claimed.

The letter is part of a larger conspiracy to block the procurement of wheat crops in Punjab and destroy the state’s agricultural economy, he claimed.

Sidhu said that according to Goyal, the state government revenue department had all the information about the state farmers ’land registers.

But according to data collected by the National Model Survey for 2012-13, this shows that more than 24 percent of the land under cultivation in Punjab is rented, he added.

These leases are verbal or unwritten in nature, he said, adding that land under lease may have increased rather than decreased over the years.

If the sale of wheat crops is allowed with property rights, then about 25 to 30 percent of farmers will not receive payment for the sale of their crops, he claimed.

The former Punjab minister accused the planning center of destroying the successful state model of the Agricultural Products Market Committee and also questioned the timing of the letter.

The timing of this letter is more controversial as farmers prepare to cultivate Rabi crops, he said.

He stressed that the state and its people must unite and build an alternative economic model for Punjab agricultural prosperity.

(Only the title and photo of this report may have been revised by Business Standard staff; the rest of the content is automatically generated from a shared source.)

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