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AP Govt. responsible for poor conditions at market yards due to which farmers are loosing their crops: Lok Satta
If agricultural produce brought by farmers to market yards in Telangana is washed away in rains these days, the blame lies squarely with the State Government, said Lok Satta Party national President Dr. Jayaprakash Narayan.

Ina media statement, Dr. JP pointed out that the State Government whichcollects Rs.600 crore a year as market cess, has over the yearsdiverted it for other purposes instead of utilizing it to improvemarket yards. 

Dr.JP recalled that during his Rytu Chaitanya Yatras in Medak andNizamabad districts he noticed that farmers including women who hadbrought their produce for sale had to spend days at market yardswithout even minimum facilities like toilets. 

Heunderlined that a cess is levied for a specific purpose and themarket cess is meant for improving market yards. It is not a taxmeant to augment the State?s revenue. The Government has been usingmarket committees to rehabilitate politicians, instead of providingrepresentation to genuine farmers. As a result, officials are havinga field day. 

Dr.JP demanded that market yards be improved with construction ofcompound walls and toilets and provision of covered space for storingproduce and electronic weighing equipment. 

TheGovernment collects crores of rupees by way of market cess inSeemandhra districts too but does not utilize it on improvingmarketing facilities. Cotton brought to market yards is damaged inrains as there are no covered space. As a result, the price of cottonhas plummeted from Rs.4000-5000 to Rs.2500-3000 a quintal. 

Dr.JP wanted the Government to provide storage facilities for cotton,and cold storages for crops like chilli and turmeric and arrange forgrant of pledge loans.  If the Government does not improvemarket yards, farmers should launch an agitation, said Dr. JP andpledged Lok Satta Party?s support. 

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