New Delhi: The Central government here on Wednesday assured a high-level delegation of the Telangana government that Cotton would be procured from farmers irrespective of the quantity they bring in to the CCI centres in the state and that all farmers would be handed over payments within 48 hours of the sale.
Telangana Deputy Chief Ministers along with Special Representative and TRS MPs meet Textile Minister Santosh Kumar Gangwar at Udyog Bhavan in New Delhi on Wednesday
This assurance was given by Union Minister of Textiles Santosh Kumar Gangwar to the delegation consisting of Deputy Chief Ministers Kadiyam Srihari and Mahmood Ali, minister Pocharam Srinivas Reddy, TRS MPs and Special Representatives.
The team was also assured that procurement would be done by the CCIs all five days in a week from all the farmers who had proper I-cards.
This assurance came when the Minister was told that the CCIs had been buying up to 40 quintals from the farmers forcing them to flock to the private traders who were offering hardly Rs 3,500 for the same whereas the Government was offering Rs 4,100 per quintal.
As private traders in Gujarat were offering a higher price for the farmers, the CCIs should be asked to buy more from Telangana farmers instead of from Gujarat, the delegation appealed to the Centre.
The Secretary of the Ministry, S K Panda, would be deputing a joint secretary from the department on December 7 and 8 to the State to review the situation, the delegation was told.
Later when the delegation met Union Minister for Agriculture Radha Mohan Singh seeking substantial assistance to tackle drought in the state, it was told that a team of officials would be visiting the State for reviewing the situation.
The delegation told the minister that 231 mandals had been declared drought hit in the state while two districts, Mahbubnagar and Ranga Reddy, were completely hit by drought. It sought Rs 2,500 crore drought relief out of which Rs 1,000 crore as an immediate help.
The Union minister assured it that all assistance would be given to help the farmers once the report was submitted to him by the team of officials. Later the delegation met Union Minister for Railways Suresh Prabhu and sought a coach factory at Kazipet.