Record procurement of 37.26 lakh MT of paddy at support price in Madhya Pradesh

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Bhopal: Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Tuesday 19 January 2021 announced that record 37.26 lakh metric tonnes of paddy have been purchased this year at the minimum support price in the State. 

The farmers have been paid Rs. 5,000 crore and 90 percent of the paddy has already been transported, the Chief Minister informed. He also congratulated the State Food department, Markfed, Civil Supplies Corporation and all the related departments for record paddy procurement in the state.

The Chief Minister has issued instructions that the remaining payment of the farmers should be made on priority and transportation of the remaining stock of paddy should be done at the earliest. Also, the work of milling the purchased paddy should be done without wasting time. 

The Chief Minister was reviewing the work of paddy procurement at minimum support price. Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Protection Minister Bisahu Lal Singh, Chief Secretary Iqbal Singh Bains, Principal Secretary Faiz Ahmed Kidwai, Principal Secretary Manoj Govil, Managing Director Markfed P. Narhari were present at the meeting.

This year, the procurement of paddy in all the districts, except Vidisha, has been more than last year. The districts with maximum procurement include Hoshangabad, Raisen and Sehore, where compared to last year. 25.85 lakh metric tons of paddy was purchased in the state in the year 2019-20 and 21.96 lakh metric tons of paddy in the year 2018-19.

2.24 lakh metric tons of jowar and millet purchased

2.24 lakh metric tons of sorghum and millet have been purchased this year at the support price. A total of 6491 farmers have sold jowar and 35926 farmers have sold millet at support price. Their total amount due to these farmers is Rs 497 crore, against which Rs 496 crore has been paid to the farmers.

Milling during procurement

This time the government has implemented for the first time the policy of clubbing milling with paddy procurement. During the current procurement, 60597 metric tonnes of paddy was lifted by the millers. Maximum 37800 MT of paddy was lifted by the Millers in Jabalpur district. Instructions have been issued by the Government for milling the entire stock of paddy purchased before the rainy season.

Registration of farmers for Rabi will be done between 25 January and 20 February

This year, the registration for the procurement of Rabi at support price will be done from 25 January to 20 February. For this, a total of 4529 registration centers have been set up in the State. Last year there were 2991 registration centres in MP.

New system of registration of Sikmi / sharecroppers

Chief Minister Chouhan said that a new arrangement is being made for registration of Sikmi / Bataidars during the Rabi season this year and registration will be done for procurement at the support price for the contracted area up to 5 hectares.

Kharif 2020-21 earnings

Quantity in MT, Amount in Crores
 GrainFeverMillet
Registered farmer7,18,77014,06339,977
Seller cultivator (% registered cultivator)5,86,683 (82%)6,491 (46%)35,926 (90%)
Total purchase volume37,26,4382,24,919
Total purchase amount6,961497
Farmers Payment Amount5,356496
Transport Quantity (% Purchased Quantity)33,41,551 (90%)2,24,878 (99.9%)
Accepted quantity (% transport quantity)30,78,217 (92%)2,24,669 (99.9%)

Year-wise comparative status of Kharif earnings

NoThe yearRegistered farmerSeller farmer% Seller farmer from registered farmerEarnings Volume (Lakh MT)
12018-195,61,7663,78,18767.321.96
22019-205,43,1424,29,14779.025.85
32020-217,20,1385,86,68381.537.26

GoI orders winding up of Devas after a US Court had ordered payment of $1.2 billion compensation

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New Delhi: Three-months after the western District Court of Washington ordered for enforcement and payment of $1.2 billion compensation to Devas, the Central Government has authorised Rakesh Sasibhushan, Chairman- cum- Managing Director, Antrix Corporation Limited (a Government Company) to present a petition before the National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) for winding up of Devas Multimedia Private Limited on the grounds specified under clause (c) of Sub-section (1) of Section 271 of the Companies Act, 2013 (18 of 2013).

Under Section 271 of the Companies Act, a company may, on a petition under section 272, be wound up by the Tribunal. Clause (c) of this section specifies – on an application made by the Registrar or any other person authorised by the Central Government by notification under this Act, the Tribunal is of the opinion that the affairs of the company have been conducted in a fraudulent manner or the company was formed for fraudulent and unlawful purpose or the persons concerned in the formation or management of its affairs have been guilty of fraud, misfeasance or misconduct in connection therewith and that it is proper that the company be wound up.

Once Devas gets wound up there will be no entity left to demand compensation.

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Farmers’ Republic Day Rally: The leaders will end up fighting to take credit

Rajiv Lochan

As of last week the excitement of taking out a tractor rally on Republic Day is very intense. More and more people are joining in what is currently known as the Farmers Protest.

Similar protests have been witnessed in France earlier. America witnessed such protests in the 1890s by farmers and those who considered farmers to be the backbone of society. Few know today that the word ‘populist’ came into use during those America protests. Populism meant the advocacy of policies that supported the farmer. In the presidential elections that followed the populists almost won. But soon after the election they simply faded away, much like the Chartists faded away in Britain after leading massive protests for almost a decade.

In Delhi currently, irrespective of whether the government repeals the laws or not, currently there is no possibility of any agitator backing off from that excitement of circumambulating Delhi on a tractor along the Ring Road on 26 January.

Already some 60,000 tractors have been mobilised in Haryana and Punjab. Many have already started moving towards Delhi. 20th onwards the movement will become even more intense.

This huge a crowd isn’t under any leaders’ control any more. It is entirely self-controlled. Only after the 26th, is it likely that the farmers will go home. It is after that the leaders will start fighting amongst themselves on who should take the credit and how much.


Rajiv Lochan is a reputed historian, author and columnist