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Modi Govt. did “surgical strike” on farmers. Know why!

By Ankita Mohanty

This blatant comment came from NCP after the Centre banned the export of all varieties of onions with immediate effect, an act aimed at increasing availability and stifling prices of the commodity in the domestic market

The NCP on Thursday alleged that the Modi government at the Centre has conducted a surgical strike on farmers by banning onion export and demanded a reversal of the move. The Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) spokesman Mahesh Tapase called the decision to be “Tughlaqi” (rash) as it deprived onion growers of the profit they would have gained by selling the commodity at the international market, where there is an increasing demand for it.

It’s pertinent to note that The NCP is a key constituent in the MVA government in Maharashtra, a major producer of onion in the country.

While advocating his case, the NCP leader mentioned that the party president Sharad Pawar on Tuesday had flagged his concerns before Union Commerce Minister Piyush Goyal to which Mr Goyal assured that the interest of the farmers would be considered. Unfortunately, it’s been four days since the decision was taken and the government has yet to take any step. The issue has since spread like forest fires as the country witnessed protests from several parts of the country including Punjab and Haryana.

Owing to the COVID-19 pandemic, onion export has come down by 13 per cent, aggregating a business loss of around Rs 1,150 crore, Mahesh Tapase claimed. He also noted that five lakh metric tonne onion is rotting at the Jawaharlal Nehru Port in Nhava Sheva (in the outskirts of Mumbai) and demanded someone to take responsibility for it.

As of now, there have been strong protests against the apparent ban across the country. Congress along with the MVA government have staged statewide protests over Centre’s decision. Will the government break its silence? Let’s see.

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