Delhi Development Minister Gopal Rai said that a proposal to implement the recommendations by the MS Swaminathan Committee report on farmers will soon be placed before the Delhi cabinet.

“The proposal note was ready and would be presented by mid-September,” said Rai.

The recommendations would be launched under the Mukhya Mantri Kisan Mitra Yojna.

The Minimum Support Price (MSP) with 50 per cent margin at the cost of production is likely to be Rs 2,616 per quintal for wheat and Rs 2,667 quintal for paddy in Delhi under the said scheme, an official told IANS.

He further said, “The proposed MSP structure is higher than the MSP provided by the Central government by Rs 776 per quintal for wheat and Rs 897 per quintal for paddy.”

In the 2019-20 budget, the Delhi government has kept aside Rs 100 crore to implement the Swaminathan recommendations.  The government has calculated that it will have to incur an additional liability of Rs 96.38 crore at this MSP.

Finance Minister Manish Sisodia, in his Budget speech, spoke about the plight of farmers, “When the country was ruled by the British, the farmers did not commit suicides. But when the county is heading towards development, they are committing suicide in the 21st century.”

Gopal Rai pointed out that despite being presented in 2006, no government in the county have implemented the Swaminathan report till now.

Around 20,000 families of farmers in Delhi will benefit from this scheme.

In February, Rai had organised an Agriculture Conference to have a discussion on the implementation of the recommendations. He had also sought suggestions from farmers and the general public on the same.

Last year, the Delhi government had formed an expert committee to draft an agricultural policy included of a senior scientist of the Indian Agricultural Research Institute, farmers and officials of the Agriculture Department.