Jagan’s Deeksha Effect: Centre Steps In To Rescue Distraught Chilli Growers 

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Hyderabad: A day after YS Jaganmohan Reddy's two-day deeksha on farmers plight, the Centre has decided to bailout the distraught chilli farmers who were reeling under price crash. The Centre on Wednesday intervened and announced an offer price of Rs 5,000 per quintal for chilli produce.

Additionally, the Centre would also offer an overhead price of Rs 1,250. The Central government would purchase chilli produce through state government agencies. This was announced by Union Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh and Union Minister M Venkaiah Naidu during a press meet in New Delhi.

As part of this, the Centre would purchase a total of 88,300 metric tonnes of chillies in Andhra Pradesh and 33,700 metric tonnes in Telangana. The decision came into effect from May 2 to 31.

The decision from the Centre to rescue the Chilli farmers came in the wake of Opposition Leader in AP Assembly YS Jaganmohan Reddy’ two-day deeksha at Nallapadu Road in Guntur district which ended on Tuesday.

However, the respective state governments would decide on setting up the purchasing centres. During the purchase, the state government should bear the 50 percent of the cost for the damaged produce if any.

The decision from the Centre to rescue the Chilli farmers came in the wake of Opposition Leader in AP Assembly YS Jaganmohan Reddy' two-day deeksha at Nallapadu Road in Guntur district which ended on Tuesday.

There has been severe unrest in both the Telugu states from the last one week after the state governments failed to give remunerative price for chilli produce. The farmers had resorted to violence in Khammam and vandalised agriculture market yards office. With the left parties too extending support to chilli growers, protests flared up in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana which lead to the arrest of distraught farmers in Khammam district.

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