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Pay MSP to damaged crop: Jagan

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Demanding the State Government to take effective steps and provide immediate relief to the farmers, YS Jagan Mohan Reddy has said that the State should purchase the de-coloured and soaked paddy paying MSP.

‘It’s a known fact that rains have battered the twin Godavari districts and paddy crop was damaged badly. Standing crops in over 1.5 lakh acres in this district and about 2.5 lakh acres of crop in West Gadavari district were badly affected and the state should provide immediate relief,’ Leader of Opposition said during his tour of the flood affected areas.

The government has failed to enumerate the extent of damage even after the floods have receded and its intention of cutting down the ex-gratia amount by underplaying the magnitude of the damage is very obvious by the delay, he said and demanded that government should pay MSP to all the de-coloured paddy and paddy that has been soaked due to the rains.

While the paddy bag should fetch Rs 1,050 the amount on the offer is just Rs 650 per bag as the crop is damaged. In such a situation the State did not even issue a notification to purchase the damaged crop.

‘It does not need a technical expertise for the exercise and we all know that there were heavy rains and the crop was damaged in large extent. There is no need for enumeration and the compensation should be announced immediately,’ he said adding that the government should not push the farmers to further despair but instead pay the amount due immediately and save them. (INN)