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Raw deal for cotton ryots, says Kisan Morcha

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WARANGAL, JAN. 7. The Bharatiya Janata Kisan Morcha (BJKM) has accused the State Government of being indifferent towards the interests of the cotton farmers who were being deprived the minimum support price.

The morcha president, N Venugopal Reddy, alleged here today that cotton farmers in the district were being exploited by the traders and officials of the Cotton Corporation of India (CCI). According to him, the farmers who got Rs 2,400 to Rs 2,600 per quintal last year are now getting only Rs 1,500 to Rs 1,800 per quintal, while the State Government failed to take an initiative in protecting the interests of farmers.

Farmers deprived

Mr. Venugopal Reddy alleged that the CCI officials misappropriated funds to the tune of Rs 2.25 crores by underpaying commission of Rs 130 per bale of cotton to the agents. The officials were also collecting huge sums in the process of ginning and pressing depriving the farmers of their due share.

Though it was decided to offer a minimum price of Rs 2,010 per quintal, the Government officials failed to ensure the same. Since the machine purchased at the cost of Rs 4 lakhs for gauging the fibre quantity remained defunct at the agricultural market, the officials were offering low rate to the farmers for no fault of theirs, he said.

The Morcha president said that the general manager of the CCI should be suspended and an inquiry ordered into his assets. "The Kisan Morcha is planning to launch an agitation in all Telangana districts to press for its demands and would also bring to the notice of the Central Government the irregularities taking place in purchases by CCI,'' Mr. Venugopal Reddy said.

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