Cong slams wheat export ban, declares ‘anti-farmer’ decision

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Udaipur: Congress slammed the government on Saturday over the wheat export ban, saying it was an “anti-farmer” measure because it deprives farmers of reaping the benefits of higher prices at export.

According to an official notification, India has banned wheat exports with immediate effect as part of measures to control rising domestic prices.

Asked about the government’s decision at a press conference on the second day of the ongoing ‘Chintan Shivir’ of the Congress here, senior leader and former finance minister P Chidambaram said, “I guess it’s because that the central government has failed to procure enough wheat. It is not that wheat production has declined, it is more or less the same. In fact, it may be a little more. “

Chidambaram said a Chhattisgarh minister told him on Friday that the government had purchased 97 lakh tonnes of paddy.

If purchases had taken place, there would have been no need to ban the export of wheat, he said.

“But let me add that the wheat export ban is an anti-farmer measure. It deprives the farmer of reaping the benefits of higher export prices. It is an anti-farmer measure and I am not surprised, this government has never been very friendly to the farmer,” Chidambaram said.

The General Directorate of Foreign Trade (DGFT) said in a notification dated May 13: “The wheat export policy is prohibited with immediate effect.”

However, export shipments for which irrevocable letters of credit have been issued on or before the date of this notification will be permitted, the DGFT said.

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