Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan right now criticised his Punjab counterpart Amarinder Singh over his letter urging the Centre to not permit GI tagging of basmati rice to Madhya Pradesh.
Taking to Twitter, Mr Chouhan alleged that the Punjab Chief Minister’s letter was “politically motivated”.
Amarinder Singh has written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, urging him to not permit geographical indication (GI) tagging of basmati to Madhya Pradesh within the bigger curiosity of Punjab and different states that have already got GI tag for basmati.
In his tweet in Hindi, Shivraj Chouhan stated, “I strongly condemn the letter written by the Punjab Chief Minister to @PMOIndia regarding allotment of GI tagging. It is politically motivated.”
“This is not an issue of Punjab or Madhya Pradesh, it’s a subject pertaining to the whole country’s farmers and their livelihoods,” he stated.
Apart from Punjab, different states that have already got GI tagging for basmati are Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Delhi, western UP, and choose districts of Jammu and Kashmir. Madhya Pradesh has sought inclusion of its 13 districts for GI tagging for basmati.
However, the Punjab Chief Minister has urged the Prime Minister to direct the involved authorities to not disturb the established order on this matter, saying that’s was important for safeguarding the pursuits of farmers and basmati exporters of India.
He additionally contended that any dilution of registration may assist Pakistan, which additionally produces basmati as per GI tagging within the worldwide market.
Countering his argument, Mr Chouhan stated, “The case of APEDA (Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority) with Pakistan has no relationship with Madhya Pradesh’s claim as it is under the GI Act of India. It is not connected to inter-country claims of basmati rice.”
He asserted that GI tagging was a matter of pleasure for farmers and recognition of their years of toils.
“The matter should not be turned into a Punjab vs Madhya Pradesh tussle. GI tagging will provide stability to basmati prices in international markets and bolster our exports,” the Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister stated.
The Punjab Chief Minister has alleged that Madhya Pradesh’s transfer infringes the GI tagging process and legal guidelines.
However, Mr Chouhan stated, “Madhya Pradesh has a written recorded history since 1908 of basmati production in 13 districts. Records of supplying seeds to farmers in MP in the year 1944 was recorded in the records of Scindia State.”
He stated that the Indian Institute of Rice Research, Hyderabad, had recorded manufacturing of basmati rice of their Production Oriented Survey Report for the final 25 years.
“Basmati exporters of Punjab and Haryana are procuring basmati rice from MP. This is also supported by Government of India data of export from the Mandideep (industrial area), Madhya Pradesh,” he added.
In June, Madhya Pradesh Agriculture Minister Kamal Patel had stated that the state authorities would transfer the highest court docket to problem a Madras High Court’s ruling within the matter of not offering the tag to Madhya Pradesh’s basmati-growing areas.
The Madhya Pradesh authorities and a basmati growers’ affiliation had misplaced two separate instances within the court docket filed in 2016 to problem the exclusion of the districts from a map submitted by the APEDA for the tags.
Mr Patel stated they condemn Punjab Chief Minister’s transfer.
Madhya Pradesh Home Minister Narottam Mishra stated the Congress is anti-farmer and that’s the reason Punjab was opposing Madhya Pradesh’s declare.
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