Gujarat farmers not paid MRP for chickpea, to agitate

Raising sharp questions over the way the authorities in Gujarat are implementing the Minimum Support Price (MRP) to be paid to the state's farmers, Khedut Samaj Gujarat (KSG) has said that in Aravalli district, of the 1,420 farmers only 200 have been paid MRP for for their agricultural produce chana (chickpea). In a statement, KSG said, 22,737 quintals of chickpea was bought from the district's farmers.
"For this, the farmers should have been paid more than Rs 9.65 crore of MRP. The government still needs to pay up about Rs 8 crore to the farmers", Aravalli district KSG's leader Nikul Patel said in a statement. The pending amount, he suggested, has not been paid for a month now, blaming "docile government officials" for the state of affairs. "We will be forced to launch an agitation, for which the authorities would be solely responsible", he warned.

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