Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal on Monday cleared the state's proposal asking the union government to make upward revision in the minimum support price (MSP) of various crops for kharif 2014-15 over the corresponding MSP during 2013-14.
Stating this here, a spokesperson for the CM's office said the state agriculture department forwarded a detailed proposal to the Commission for Agriculture Costs & Prices (CACP) for seeking hike in the MSP of the common variety of paddy from Rs 1,310 in 2013-14 to Rs 1,800 per quintal in 2014-15. The agriculture department also sought an upward revision in the MSP of paddy grade 'A' variety from Rs 1,345 to Rs 1,890 per quintal.
The spokesperson said the chief minister demanded that the MSP of maize be hiked from Rs 1,310 to Rs 1,815 per quintal and cotton from Rs 3,700-4,000 to Rs 5,300 per quintal in the proposal forwarded to the CACP. The proposal stipulated an increase in the MSP of moong from Rs 4,500 to Rs 6,100 per quintal, maha and arhar from Rs 4,300 to Rs 5,900 and Rs 5,800, respectively. The CM also envisaged an increase in the MSP of groundnut from Rs 4,000 to Rs 5,200 per quintal.