Chandigarh: Punjab and Haryana High Court on Monday directed the Punjab government to make its stand clear on the minimum support price (MSP) relating to sunflower seeds and maize. Apart from this, the High Court also directed the Haryana government to tell the court would it purchase the entire stock of Bajra and sunflower or not. At present, Haryana government was buying only 25 per cent of the total produce of sunflower seeds and Bajra. The court was hearing a petition seeking directions to the Punjab and Haryana governments for implementation of the minimum support price (MSP) policy for agricultural produce. The petition will come for hearing on May 20. Division Bench comprising Justices S S Saron and Gurmit Ram asked the Punjab government why it is not buying the sunflower seeds and maize from the farmers when the Central government was ready to compensate the losses incurred by it or its agencies who would purchase the produce. If your (Punjab) agencies are not buying the farmers produce, then there is no use of these departments, said the court. The petitioners counsel told the Bench that farmers produce was reaching in mandis, but no one was there to buy it.
The Central government had written a letter to Punjab and Haryana during the past that if they or their agencies which would purchase the farmers produce and incurred losses then the Centre would compensate them. In spite of this, the Punjab was dilly-dallying in buying the farmers produce like sunflowers seeds and maize. The Division Bench asked the Haryana government that it should tell the court that whether it is buy the entire produce of Bajra and sunflower seed or not. The counsel for the petitioner Gurnam Singh and other members of the Bhartiya Kisan Union of Haryana, Haryana, informed the court that Haryana government was only purchasing 25 per cent of the total produce of Bajra and sunflower seeds, at present. On this, the bench gave directions to the Haryana government for making its position clear about implementation of the MSP. It is learnt that earlier the Haryana government was purchasing the entire produce of Bajra and sunflower seeds.
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