Manpreet slams paltry hike in paddy MSP

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Jun 17, 2015 22:02 IST

People’s Party of Punjab (PPP) chief Manpreet Singh Badal on Wednesday slammed the “meagre Rs 50 per quintal hike” in the minimum support price (MSP) of paddy for the current season, saying it reflected the anti-farmer attitude of the Narendra Modi government.

Demanding a hike of at least Rs 400 per quintal, the PPP chief reminded the ruling BJP and the Akali Dal, which are alliance partners in Punjab, to implement the recommendations of the Swaminathan Committee to hike the crop prices, ensuring 50% profit over and above the cost of production.

He said the Akali Dal was part of the Modi government and hence chief minister Parkash Singh Badal must clarify whether his party had opposed this paltry hike at the decision making stage or not. The Modi government has played a cruel joke on farmers, alleged Manpreet.

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