Congress –NCP Political War on Cotton MSP makes Mockery of Cotton Farmer’s Crisis-VJAS
Recent demand congress party senior Minister in Maharashtra Govt. Shivajirao Moghe that central Govt. should raise Minimum Support Price MSP of cotton to Rs.7000/- per quintal as against Rs.3,300 per quintal fixed by Central Govt. for cotton season 2011-12 to UPA convener Smt.Sonia Gandhi who he met yesterday along with delegation of MLAs of west vidarbha , has initiated political war with it’s political partner NCP as NCP controlled Maharashtra cotton marketing federation chairman Dr.N.P.Hirani has officially urged central Govt. earlier to raise cotton MSP to Rs.6000/- per quintal by giving all logistic and economics behind the demand as CACP has not considered it while declaring the MSP has made mockery of 3 million cotton farmers who are committing suicides since 2005 due to agrarian crisis and this political war to take credit of non-doing will further aggravate the crisis resulting more farm suicides in west vidarbha , Kishore Tiwari of cotton farmers’ advocacy group Vidarbha Janandolan Samiti-VJAS who is demanding urgent revision in MSP and procurement of cotton by state owned agency NAFED informed in press release today .
“Earlier MPCC President Manikrao Thakare wrote to Prime Minister on this serious issue of injustice with cotton growers of region who are innocent victims of wring policies of central Govt. while declaring MSP by CACP which is controlled by Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar , has ignored all norms all facts and declared MSP at Rs.3,300 under the pressure of textile lobby asked urged centre to raise it Rs.5000 per quintal and in reply to this NCP controlled Maharashtra cotton marketing federation wrote second letter to PMO demanding the revision of cotton MSP to Rs.6,000 per quintal but the ground reality is central Govt. has shown dustbin to both letters and distressed and debt trapped cotton farmers are forced to sale their cotton in throw away price and are committing suicides that’s most unfortunate ” Tiwari added.