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Paddy procurement in Punjab & Haryana from tomorrow

New Delhi, Oct 2: The Centre on Saturday announced the procurement of paddy in Punjab and Haryana from tomorrow onwards keeping in mind the interest of the farmers.

The announced is being seen as an u-turn by the government which had earlier announced the postponement of the procurement until October 11 in light of poor monsoon. The decision was, however, met with strong protests from farmers in these two states. Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar had to bear the brunt of the protesting farmers who squatted in front of his house since Saturday morning demanding a review of the decision, along with the repealing of the three contentious farm laws.

Khattar, who met Minister of State for Food and Consumer Affairs Ashwini Choubey later in the day, announced about starting the procurement from Sunday onwards.

Later in the day, the Centre also made an official communication in this regard.

“The Department of Food and Public Distribution believes that the decision to start the procurement of Paddy under MSP (Minimum support Price) from October 3 in Punjab and Haryana is in the overall interest of farmers and consumers as well to accept paddy stock as per FAQ specifications to ensure quality procurement for millions of consumers under PDS of National Food Security Programme,” the communication said.

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