Ranchi: BJP’s national vice-president Raghubar Das on Friday urged chief minister Hemant Soren to ‘give up his stubbornness’ and withdraw the Jharkhand State Agricultural Produce and Livestock Marketing Bill, 2022 in the larger interest of the state’s marginal farmers, traders and the common people.
Das wrote a letter to Hemant where he claimed that the state has begun witnessing a shortage of foodgrains as the traders associated with the food business are on strike to demand the bill’s rollback.
“Our government had abolished agriculture taxes and it benefited the marginal farmers, traders and common people. You are imposing old taxes at a time when the Prime Minister is advocating for the abolishment of old taxes,” Das wrote to Hemant in his letter.
The traders in Jharkhand are on a strike to disrupt the state’s food supply chain even after governor Ramesh Bais returned the bill to the government, citing anomalies in its Hindi and English versions earlier this week.
“Those who are informed about the bill have stated that once it is implemented, foodgrains and vegetables will become pricier by 4%-5% of the current rates. At the same time, the ‘inspector raj’ as proposed in the bill will promote corruption,” Das wrote.
“The governor returned the bill due to technical reasons. I urge you to give up your stubbornness and withdraw the bill in the interests of the people, marginal farmers and traders,” he wrote.

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