Government of Rajasthan approves changes to Rajasthan Agricultural Products Marketing Law

Jaipur, July 11 () The government of Rajasthan on Thursday approved amendments to the Agricultural Marketing Act of Rajasthan, 1961, to strengthen the marketing system of agriculture and ensure that farmers obtain better prices for their products.

Prime Minister Ashok Gehlot said the government's decision is in line with the promises made in the electoral manifesto to strengthen the system of commercialization of agriculture.

After the amendments, the businessmen will receive licenses for the direct purchase of agricultural products from the farmers. In addition, agricultural product groups and companies will receive licenses to buy agricultural products directly from farmers.

Currently, under the statutes of the Law, for the direct purchase license, 500 or 1,000 tons of annual crop purchases, the net worth of Rs 50 and the security deposit of an average daily purchase is mandatory.

The relief was granted because the farmer producing companies (FPC) and farmer producer organizations (FPO) could not comply with the provisions. Now, for the FPO or FPC, the annual purchase condition of 100 tons and Rs 1 lakh security has been established. The condition of net worth has been eliminated for FPO and FPC.

The Chief Minister also approved the transfer of Rs 25 crore to the Agricultural Marketing Board of Rajasthan to ensure regular pension to retired staff.

Currently, there are 475 retired people and dependents of 125 receive pension. In the future, the Board must provide pensions to 1,000 people. With the transfer of funds, the Board will not require any subsidy from the state government. Gehlot also sanctioned 18.73 million rupees for shelters under the model Devnarayan shelter plan in the city of Kuchaman (Nagaur), Chauth Ka Barwada (Sawai Madhopur) and Begu (Chittorgarh). It also approved Rs 11.38 crore for the operation of the residential school in Bharatpur, where the classes will be carried out from Class VI to XII. AG HRS

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