Hyderabad: Union Tourism Minister G Kishan Reddy on Tuesday said the Centre was ready to procure every grain of raw rice produced by Telangana farmers in the Yasangi season. “The Central government has not stopped procurement of paddy. It is the Central government’s responsibility to render justice to farmers in the State,” he said,
Since it was the millers and not the farmers who convert paddy into parboiled rice, the State government should educate farmers and give them necessary technology and seeds to ensure there was no parboiled rice, he said. The procurement of Yasangi crop can be discussed in detail in February and issues can be sorted out then, he said, and urged the State government to expedite the procurement process in view of problems faced by farmers.
Stating that TRS should not blame the Centre on the issue for the sake of politics and publicity, he said: “Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao and the TRS leaders are at liberty to stage a protest. You have the right and we have no objection but our request is that you don’t cause losses to farmers,” Reddy said.
Meanwhile, BJP Telangana in-charge Tarun Chugh welcomed Youtuber ‘teenmar’ Mallanna into the party in New Delhi.
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