You are here: Home » PTI Stories » National » News
Business Standard

Increase MSP on paddy to Rs 3000: Cong demand to Centre

Press Trust of India  |  Bhubaneswar 

The today dubbed both the and the BJD regime in as anti-farmer and asked the Centre to hike Minimum Support Price (MSP) on paddy to Rs 3000 per quintal.

State president Prasad Harichandan said the BJD failed to provide bonus to the farmers though the state has enough resources to mitigate their plight.

"The way Prime Minister Modi and Chief Minister are neglecting the peasants proves that both are following anti-farmer policies," Harichandan told reporters here.

farmers have been hit by calamities such as drought, pest attack and unseasonal rain during kharif season.

Asking both the Centre and Odisha to waive farm loans, the PCC chief said the Centre should hike MSP on paddy to Rs 3,000 while the state government must give bonus to the farmers over and above the MSP.

The state government had demanded Rs 2930 as the MSP per quintal of paddy, but the Centre announced Rs 1550 for it.

Though the chief minister had promised to provide additional assistance of Rs 100 over the MSP on paddy two years ago, it was yet to be translated into action, he said.

Noting that the the previous UPA government had raised the MSP on paddy to Rs 1410 per quintal from Rs 550 in 2014, Harichandan said the NDA government has increased the MSP only by Rs 140 during the last four years.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Fri, December 01 2017. 21:35 IST