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Congress ups the ante over paddy MSP hike

The Congress has upped the ante over minimum support price on paddy announced by the Centre. The Congress leaders are of the opinion that a weak monsoon would affect the paddy production and an increase of Rs 50 per quintal in the MSP was not sufficient. Now, the total MSP on paddy is Rs 1,360 per quintal.

punjab Updated: Jun 29, 2014 11:33 IST
Arjun Sharma

The Congress has upped the ante over minimum support price on paddy announced by the Centre. The Congress leaders are of the opinion that a weak monsoon would affect the paddy production and an increase of Rs 50 per quintal in the MSP was not sufficient. Now, the total MSP on paddy is Rs 1,360 per quintal.

The roles of political parties have reversed with the Modi government taking over at the Centre and the Congress playing the role of the opposition.

Ravneet Singh Bittu, member Parliament from Ludhiana, criticised the Modi government for the meagre MSP hike of Rs 50 per quintal, while demanding Rs 150 per quintal bonus for the farmers. He termed the MSP hike a “mockery” with the farmers.

Bittu questioned the silence of Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal over the meagre increase in the MSP. “Badal who otherside claims to be the well-wisher of farmers is mum over the issue. He accused the previous UPA government of not supporting his government, but now the NDA government is in power and SAD is an alliance partner, so what stops Badal from raising the issues of the farmers?”

As per the experts at the Punjab Agricultural University (PAU), there would be a deficit of 5-7% in the monsoon this year.

The department of meteorology of PAU has predicted that there would be 470 mm rain this year against the normal rainfall of 495 mm in Punjab.

District president of Congress (urban) Pawan Dewan has also criticised the state government for not raising the issues of farmers with the Centre. “There are all indications that monsoon is weak this year, but no solace has come from either the Centre of the state government to the farming community,” said Dewan.