New Delhi: The Government of India has chosen to continue with the working of The Commission for Agricultural Costs & Prices (CACP), earlier named as Agricultural Prices Commission, without the non-official members for a long time.
The non-official members of CAPC essentially have to be farmers, to represent the hopes and aspirations of those associated directly with the agriculture sector.
It is not that the Government has failed to find two suitable farmers from across the country to fill the slots in the CAPC. Almost two years have passed since about two dozen short-listed farmers were interviewed by the Cabinet Secretary in Delhi. After that, a police verification was also conducted in the case of two farmers – one from Madhya Pradesh and another from Haryana. Subsequently, nothing came out of this exercise.
Presently, the 5 member CACP is working with only two members. They include the Chairman -Prof Vijay Paul Sharma, and the Member Secretary -Dr. Shailja Sharma. Besides the two non-official posts that are lying vacant, the post of an official member also has to be filled.
CACP advises the Central Government on the price policy of paddy, wheat, jowar, bajra, maize, ragi, barely, gram, tur, moong, urad, sugarcane, groundnut, soyabean, seed, rapeseed, mustard, cotton, jute tobacco, seasmum, nigerseed, lentil (massur), safflower, copra and other commodities that the Government may decide from time to time, with a view to evolving a balanced and integrated price structure in the perspective of the overall needs of the economy and taking into perspective the interests of the producer and the consumer.
It is also the mandate of the Commission to effectively integrate the recommended non-price measures with price recommendations and to ensure competitive agriculture.