Congress on Saturday slammed the government over its ban on wheat exports, saying it was an “anti-farmer” move because it deprived farmers of the benefits of higher export prices. According to an official notification, India has banned wheat exports with immediate effect as part of increasing domestic price control measures.
Asked about the government’s move at a press conference on the second day of the ongoing Congress’ think tank, senior leader and former finance minister P Chidambaram said, “I think the central government has failed to procure enough wheat. It is not that wheat production has declined. It’s more or less the same. It can be a little bit more. “
Chidambaram said a minister in Chhattisgarh had told him on Friday that the government had collected 9.7 million tonnes of paddy.
He said if it had been collected, there would have been no need to stop wheat exports.
“But let me add, banning wheat exports is an anti-farmer move. It deprives farmers of the benefits of higher export prices. It is an anti-farmer move and I am not surprised, this government is never too much. It is farmer friendly,” Chidambaram said. Said.
The Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT) said in a May 13 statement that the “wheat export policy is prohibited with immediate effect.”
However, export shipments for which credit of credit (LOC) has been issued will be allowed on or before the date of notification, the DGFT said.