Chief minister Prithviraj Chavan on Wednesday said it was not possible to compensate farmers on a per quintal basis — a demand by a few Opposition parties — because many farmers had already sold their cotton.
However, Chavan said the state government had not yet decided on the exact amount it would pay to the farmers or the details on how the payment would be made.
“The decision will only be announced during the Nagpur assembly session since the electoral code of conduct is in force at present (due to the impending local elections across the state),” he said.
Earlier in the day, the CM held an all-party meeting to decide on helping the cotton growers across the state, but no decision was taken.
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has said it will launch a statewide agitation and disrupt the Nagpur legislative sessions unless the government substantially hiked the prices.
Cotton farmers have been demanding a higher minimum support price (MSP) than the Rs3,300 per quintal announced by the state, saying they had suffered losses due to unseasonal rains and the high input costs.
The BJP has demanded an MSP of Rs6,000 per quintal.
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