MHRC directs Agri Commissioner and Director to submit report regarding non-availability of fertilizers
IMPHAL: The Manipur Human Rights Commission (MHRC) has directed the Commissioner and Director (Agriculture), Government of Manipur to submit a report by July 29 regarding farmers’ complaint on non-availability of fertilizers.
The commission served the notice to the Agriculture department based on a complaint petition filed by W. Inao, Secretary General of All Manipur Progressive Farmers’ Association (AMPFA), seeking the intervention of the Commission in connection with the non-availability of fertilizers.
The complainant in his petition stated that farmers of the state of Manipur have to face non-availability of fertilizers when the farmers are in acute need. The complainant has alleged that the price of the fertilizers available in local market is much higher than MRP. A 45 kg bag of fertilizer cost a sum of Rs. 266.80 approximately but outlet shop of Agriculture Department are selling the same in a sum of Rs. 300 without issuing cash memo which is higher of Rs. 34 from MRP. The fertilizers are adequately available in the local market in an inflated rate of Rs. 500/- per beg despite strict regulation of the Agriculture Department, Govt. of Manipur.
The complainant stated that in Manipur majority of the farmers are under BPL and they are not able to buy fertilizers from local market at the inflated price. Moreover, only the farmers who possess land patta are entitled to buy fertilizers from outlet shop of Agriculture Department and most of the farmers are tenant farmers and they do not possess land patta. The complainant considered it as denial of essential commodity which is a violation of basic human rights of the farmers.
The Commission, having carefully examined the content of the complaint petition, issued notice to the Commissioner and Director (Agriculture), Govt. of Manipur calling for their response on or before 29 July 2019.