The Joint Kisan Manch of various organizations of farmers and horticulturists has urged Chief Minister Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu to take necessary steps to provide relief to the farmers in view of the rising cost of inputs and abolish GST on cartons and materials for packing.
The organization wrote a letter to the CM in view of the rising cost of inputs, levying of GST, and increasing interference of corporate houses and companies procuring the produce at very low prices.
The members of the manch urged the government to come out with some concrete policy for farmers and horticulturists while also demanding the abolition of Goods and Services Tax (GST) on cartons and materials used for the packing of apples, fruits, vegetables, and flowers.
The Himachal Pradesh Horticultural Produce Marketing and Processing Corporation Ltd. (HPMC) and Himachal Pradesh State Cooperative Marketing And Consumer's Federation Ltd. (HIMFED) be asked to release outstanding payments of more than Rs 90 crore for purchasing apples from growers, the letter said.
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