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Support Basmati Rice growers , Hooda to Centre

Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda has written a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, drawing his attention to the heavy losses being suffered by farmers in Haryana due to the sudden drop in the purchase price of rice.

Hooda has pointed out that the scanty rainfall this year had already increased the production cost of rice to a great extent and now the reduction in purchase price of rice is dealing a cruel blow to the farmers.

Haryana, incidentally is the biggest exporter of Basmati rice in the country. The Chief Minister has appealed to the Prime Minister to take immediate necessary steps to mitigate the problems of farmers who are suffering losses from Rs 100 to Rs 1500 per quintal. He has pointed out that if necessary steps are not taken soon, not just the farmers will suffer, but the country too will lose foreign exchange as a result of fall in export of Basmati rice to other countries.

The Chief Minister had on an earlier occasion too written a letter to the Prime Minister drawing his attention to the problems of the farmers in Haryana. Besides, he had made an appeal to the PM to reduce the prices of diesel instead of reducing the subsidy on the diesel price.

Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda had also written to the Union Parliamentary Minister Venkaiah Naidu to make Bulgalow Number 12, situated in New Delhi as the Memorial of Late Prime Minister Chaudhary Charan Singh in his memory.

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