Admist quite a tremor on the question of procurement of sunflowers under the minimum support price (MSP)scheme , which the High court observed would only take Rs. 11 crore criticized the government’s unwilling efforts for the relief of the Punjab farmers.

The High Court bench, comprising Justice S S Saron and Justice Avneesh Jhingan, made observations after it was informed that no study had been carried out on the production of the crop since 2015. The division bench, called the government action “shocking”.

The HC bench has asked the government to submit an affidavit on the projections and production of sunflower in the state after the government counsel could not produce any communication with the central government for the implementation of the scheme in the state.

Joint Secretary to the Union Ministry of Agriculture, senior officials of Punjab, Haryana, NAFED, HAFED and MARKFED were present during the hearing. The HC was told that the limit of 25 per cent cap for procurement under the MSP scheme is the initial cap and regularity in nature and in case the states need to procure further, a proposal has to be submitted to the Centre for examination and approval.

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