Market tax, rural tax on cotton, variety of paddy to be reduced: Khattar

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Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar announced Monday evening that market and rural development fees on cotton and a variety of paddy would be reduced by 2 percent each to half percent.

The chief minister made the announcement during a meeting held late tonight with the heads of the Haryana State Grain Markets Association.

He announced that fees and taxes would be reduced on ‘Barik Dhaan’ (a variety of paddy), according to an official statement here.

Also in attendance were Deputy Chief Minister Dushyant Chautala and Department of Agriculture and Farmer Welfare Additional Chief Secretary Sanjeev Kaushal.

During the meeting, Khattar had a detailed discussion that the government is preparing to purchase four crops, including paddy, millet, moong and maize.

Later, after the discussion, the ‘Arhityas’ or commission agents assured the Chief Minister that they were committed to ensuring that the purchases were made smooth and hassle-free by the state government.

Khattar said farmers will have the option of choosing the payment method, whether they want to receive direct payment from the government or through “Arhtiyas”.

He also said that a committee had been formed under the chairmanship of Kaushal, which would submit its report to the government after considering various suggestions and problems faced by ‘Arthityas’ in the mandis, the statement said.

Meanwhile, Khattar and Chautala welcomed the increase in the minimum support price (MSP) of six rabi crops by the Center.

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