Uttar Pradesh CM writes to PM; terms new pricing system 'anti-cane farmers'
Lucknow, Oct 30 : Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati today wrote a
letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, seeking to reconsider the
implementation of the new pricing system of Fair and Remunerative
Price(FRP) for the sugarcane that was 'anti-farmers'
'' The Centre should reconsider the implementation of the new pricing
system as per which the state government is supposed to pay the
difference between the FRP and State Advisory Price (SAP),'' Ms
Mayawati stated in the letter to the PM.
The central government did not take UP government in confidence before
bringing the FRP arrangement, the letter read.
As many as 40 lakh cane farmers were dissatisfied as their rights were
being ignored under the new system to be applied this crushing season.
The CM said the central government raised Statutory Minimum Price
(SMP) for wheat and paddy, but cared little for the cane farmers.
As per the new system, the state government would have to bear the
burden of difference, if it fixes SAP above the FRP.
Yesterday, the Centre had announced a price of Rs 130 per quintal
under FRP which has replaced the SMP.
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