Friday, 13 April 2012

Maharashtra Cotton Farmers welcomes Govt. Decision to Withdraw 5% purchase tax -Urged CM to move centre for free export cotton

Maharashtra Cotton Farmers welcomes Govt. Decision to Withdraw 5% purchase tax -Urged CM to move centre for free export cotton

Nagpur-13th April 2012 
4 Million  Cotton farmers in Maharashtra welcomed state Govt. decision to withdraw proposed 5 %  purchase tax on cotton in this year budget after strong protest from farmers, traders and exporters who were likely to be levied extra in comparison other   cotton producing states where such purchase tax is not existed  resulting further drop in raw cotton rates which are already slashed by Rs.700/- per quintal when GOM has announced that Indian Govt. will not allow addition registration certification (RC) till pending RCs BEFORE 4th March are not validated which has virtually stopped all major shipments of cotton bales putting cotton trade under recession,Vidarbha Jan Andolan Samiti (VJAS), a farmers' group spearheading the cause of cotton growers informed in press release today .    
'we are happy that at least fresh assault of Maharashtra of imposing needless 5% purchase tax on coton and soya when administration has announced Rs.2000 crore package as relief measures after crop losses reported in more than 42 lacs hector cotton and 23 lacs hector soya in dry-land region of vidarbha and Marathwada but recent decision of Union commerce minister Anand Sharma to disallow additional cotton exports has been main cause worry of cotton farmers hence we have urged Maharashtra chief minister to move UPA Indian Govt. and  restore the free export of cotton under OGL  in order to save dying cotton farmers of  Vidarbha and Marathwada 'Tiwari said.
"The quantitative restriction after UPA adopted free trade and open market regime in unfair trade practice  and unjust all stake holders in Indian cotton trade and in fact this is a fresh assault on cotton farmers who are living in distress because of poor returns for their dwindling crop. It will also affect the country's credibility in global markets as traders and exporters will not be able to fulfill their commitments," said Kishore Tiwari of VJAS. He said because of poor demand in domestic market, the farmers were not getting the right price for cotton this year. Farmers, traders and exporters are left with no alternative but to resort to public agitation for demanding restrictions on cotton exports, said Tiwari.
"Until further orders, there will not be any fresh registrations," Sharma told reporters after a group of ministers met to review cotton exports on Monday in Delhi. Though India is the world's second-largest producer, shipments of the fibre were banned in March despite the fact that cotton output is expected to hit a record high of 34 million bales in 2011-12.
Union agriculture minister Sharad Pawar has openly expressed his anguish over needless move of commerce ministry to put export ban keeping his ministry in dark. Now, PMO intervention is must for immediate lifting of the ban on cotton export, Tiwari said. VJAS, in its plea to the prime minister, argued that India even when it was a net cotton deficit country has allowed cotton exports under Open General License (OGL). It is ironical that when there was surplus, restrictive policies are in place and fresh export has been stalled.
"we demand all opposition parties who are raising voice against ,should  speak against commerce ministry and garment industry cartel which is resulting in mas genocide of cotton farmers in India" Tiwari urged.

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