Jayant slams BJP over pro­posed cane area pol­icy

Hindustan Times (Lucknow) - - UTTARPRADESH - HT Cor­re­spon­dent n let­ters@hin­dus­tan­times.com

MEERUT: Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) vice-pres­i­dent Jayant Chaudha ry on Thurs­day said the state govern­ment’s pro­posal of a new cane area pol­icy would be a dis­as­ter for lakhs of sug­ar­cane farm­ers.

The pol­icy will al­legedly re­quire that the farm­ers sell their pro­duce to the sugar mill within their vicin­ity only and not to any other mill. Ad­dress­ing farm­ers and party work­ers out­side the divi­sional com­mis­sioner’s of­fice on Thurs­day evening, Chaud­hary said the farm­ers should un­der­stand that the cane area pol­icy was the govern­ment’s ploy to ben­e­fit sugar mill own­ers.

“The new pol­icy will de­prive farm­ers from the op­tion of sell­ing their pro­duce to mills of their choice,” he said.

Ex­plain­ing the pro­posed pol­icy, he said the mills would have a cer­tain area to pur­chase the pro­duce from farm­ers. “This means farm­ers will have to de­pend on the mills for pro­cure­ment of their sug­ar­cane while un­der the pre­vail­ing pol­icy they are free to sell their pro­duce to any mill of their choice,” Chaud­hary said.

He said the pol­icy would end com­pe­ti­tion among sugar mills and they would no longer an­nounce at­trac­tive of­fers to at­tract farm­ers to sell their pro­duce to them. “Their monopoly will even­tu­ally af­fect the min­i­mum price of sug­ar­cane,” he added. Chaud­hary asked the farm­ers to unite and get ready to fight for their rights.

Com­ing down heav­ily on PM Naren­dra Modi, he said the PM op­posed the Goods and Ser­vices Tax (GST) when he was the chief min­is­ter of Gu­jarat. “Af­ter tak­ing over as the PM, he im­posed much higher slabs un­der the GST which has ru­ined trade and em­ploy­ment in the coun­try,” he said. Tar­get­ing the PM on de­mon­eti­sa­tion and GST, he claimed it had af­fected 15 lakh jobs. “Ac­cord­ing to FICCI, over 350 big cor­po­rates of the coun­try will not gen­er­ate new jobs in com­ing years due to the im­pact of de­mon­eti­sa­tion and GST,” he said.

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RLD vice­pres­i­dent Jayant Chaud­hary ad­dress­ing farm­ers and party work­ers in Meerut on Thurs­day.

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