Gujarat alleges injustice in fertiliser allocation

May 18th, 2011 - 12:48 am ICT by IANS  

Gandhinagar, May 17 (IANS) Gujarat Tuesday alleged injustice in the allocation of DAP fertiliser, saying the central government has given it far less than its requirement.

Agriculture Minister Dileep Sanghani urged union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar to rise above party politics and meet the state’s demand as per existing rules and priority.

In a letter to Pawar, Sanghani said the central government’s allocation was far less than the state’s requirement, which is likely to create a shortage of the fertiliser during the 2011 kharif season.

Sanghani said the central government allots a monthly quota every season, but it is not happening in the case of Gujarat for the last few months, resulting in growing dissatisfaction among the farmers. On the other hand, he said, other states were getting their requisite quota without any hindrance and in some case more than the requirement.

As against Gujarat’s requirement of five lakh tonnes of DAP during kharif 2011, the Centre assured 4.8 lakh tonnes at the zonal meeting. As against a requirement of 65,000 tonnes in April 2011, company-wise movement supply plan shows allotment of 44,500 tonnes and actual receipt only 25,800 tonnes.

In May 2011, as against the requirement of 115,000 tonnes, the company-wise movement supply plan is just 34,500 tonnes, leaving a cumulative deficit of nearly 1 lakh tonnes, Sanghani said.

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