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Reduce cost of fertilisers: Mamata tells Pawar

After quitting the UPA Government at the Centre on the twin issues of FDI and fuel price hike, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee advocated a ‘single window system’ in the agriculture sector on Wednesday. She also asked the Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar to look at reducing the spiralling cost of fertilisers.

She called for better coordination among financial institutions, food departments and fertilizer centres to step up farm growth. ‘The agriculture sector should have a ‘single window system’, as we have introduced in the industrial sector. This will help the farmers in a big way, so that they are not harassed to make repeated visits to various organisations like banks, financial institutions, fertilizer and food departments’ Banerjee said on Facebook.

Banerjee was speaking during the first meeting of the Committee of Chief Ministers of Bringing Green Revolution to Eastern India.  Sharad Pawar and seven Agriculture Ministers of the Eastern States were present. ‘It is also necessary that there should be proper coordination amongst all organs connected to agriculture sector,’ the CM said.

‘If coordination meetings take place once in every six months amongst the departments of banking, agriculture, food, fertilizers, horticulture, animal resources, the results will be highly beneficial to the cause of the agricultural sector in general, and the farmers in particular,’ she added. Banerjee has been talking of looking after the interest of the aam admi even since she was voted to power in West Bengal in 2011.    
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