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Congress Party-Murder Politics

January 31, 1981 himself expressed his displeasure with the APC and said that only when agriculturists comprised at least half its members could it be expected to stipulate prices 'fairly' (i e, in the interests of surplus agriculturists). The APCs recommendations apart, various state governments have gone much further and have fixed support prices above those decided upon by the Union government. Thus Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu fixed Rs 115 per quintal for common varieties and higher still lor the better varieties; Maharashtra Its 122 per quintal; and Karnataka Ms 135 per quintal. Clearly, wherever surplus farmers are a powerful lobby, they have been able to exact prices well above those suggested by the APC. By contrast, in Orissa, in the poverty stricken district of Koraput, procurement undertaken by the state's civil supplies organisation was carried out at lis 85 per quintal.

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