Akali Dal demands withdrawal of wheat sale ban

April 3rd, 2008 - 11:02 pm ICT by admin  


Chandigarh, April 3 (IANS) The ruling Akali Dal in Punjab Thursday demanded revocation of the recent ban imposed by the central government on farmers selling their wheat produce to private purchasers. Akali Dal president and parliament member Sukhbir Badal said the government’s decision on wheat sale was anti-farmer and it was denying the basic right of farmers to sell their produce to anyone.

He said if farmers were getting higher price from private purchasers, they should be allowed to sell their wheat produce to them.

Badal demanded that farmers be given a bonus of at least Rs.400 per quintal over the minimum support price (MSP) of Rs.1,000 per quintal announced for wheat earlier.

The MP pointed out that the government was importing wheat at Rs.1,600 per quintal but denying the same price to farmers.

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