By admin       2017-11-20

HYDERABAD: Telangana farmers are crying foul over Cotton lint percentage fixation method across the country by Cotton Corporation of India where it was alleged that CCI suffers a loss of Rs 2600 crore per annum loss. In a complaint filed with CCI and Union Ministry of Textiles, Telangana Rythu Sangham has alleged misappropriation of nearly 15 percent quantum of lint obtained. While cotton BT variety in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh gives 37 to 38 percent of Ginning Out turn (Lint percentage), the CCI officials fix not more than 30-31 percent for the majority of their purchase. The CCI purchases Fair Average Quality grade raw cotton from the farmers and processes it into Lint and Cottonseed. Telangana Rythu Sangham state convener M Chander Rao alleged," Currently the Lint percent, defined as the quantity of lint obtained in the processing of one quintal of kapas, is being fixed manually by the CCI officers in collusion with each other. It is set lower than the realised percentages by 15 to 20 percent. Due to it's under-fixation it is leading to irregularities in the form of lint misappropriation, increased corruption among CCI officials, loss of revenue to the Government and in turn increased MSP losses. For instance in 2014- 15, 88 lakh bales worth of kapas(cotton) was purchased and processed from the farmers by the CCI and out of which 15 percent of the actual lint obtained was misappropriated, which comes to 13.5 lakh bales or approximately Rs 2,600 crores in value," Central Institute for Cotton Research (CICR) and Marathwada Agricultural Universities had scientifically proven that BT cotton will yield (now almost entire cotton crop is the same variety in most states) around 37 to 38 percent. CBI Hyderabad is already probing an MSP fraud in TS and AP Marketing yards where farmers are cheated by middlemen and traders in connivance with the officials.

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