Chief Minister Y S Jaganmohan Reddy is getting ready to fill the vacant market yard committees across the 175 Assembly constituencies by end of October. He had held an initial meeting with the officials of marketing and cooperation where he revealed his intention to fill the market committees and had asked the officials to work in coordination with these panels.
The State government had already decided to name MLAs as the honorary chairpersons of the market committees in their respective Assembly constituency. The chief minister would now appoint chairpersons and members for these committees in the next 25 days. This would be a biggest political exercise in the State in this government, if Jaganmohan Reddy appoints chairpersons for 175 and even more market committees and its members.
The chief minister had also told the officials that he would give 50 per cent of the market committee chairpersons to the SCs, STs, BCs, Minorities and women. The same formula would be applied even in filling the committees, besides the chairpersons. The chief minister had instructed the officials to take special care in ensuring the 50 per cent reservation for these categories.
If 50 per cent of the market committee membership and chairpersonship is given to these neglected sections, it would be certainly a revolutionary decision as these posts are mostly cornered by the rich, dominating caste politicians of the ruling party. Jaganmohan Reddy had already implemented this quota unofficially in his cabinet composition, where his Cabinet has 60 per cent of the representation from these castes.
The committees would look into the marketing facilities for the farmers and also coordinate in protecting the cooperative banks and cooperative societies. There are hundreds of primary agriculture cooperative societies (PACS) in the state which require bureaucratic support for their survival, besides extending financial support to the farmers, the core objective.
Going by the exercise that the chief minister had done on this issue, it is believed that good days are ahead for the cooperative and marketing sectors, which involved in helping the farmers.