Government to buy paddy from tomorrow, after protests

  • The Union Minister of State for Food, Ashwini Choubey, on Saturday stated that paddy and millet procurement in Haryana and Punjab will start tomorrow.

  • While making the announcement, he said, "as per decision taken, the Haryana has government has assured that paddy procurement will start from tomorrow (Sunday). They have made everything ready. Procurement in Punjab is already in process... from tomorrow both states will begin buying."

  • Yesterday, newly appointed Punjab CM Charanjit Singh Channi had also met with PM Modi and asked he centre to start buying paddy and millet.

  • This announcement came about as about 1,500 farmers today gathered outside Haryana CM Khattar's house to demand that the government start the procurement. In response, the police fired tear gas shells and water cannon.

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