Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Thursday termed as “anti-farmer” the central government’s decision to increase the minimum support price (MSP) of wheat by Rs 100 per quintal .
Reacting to the rise, AAP Punjab convener Gurpreet Singh Waraich said the prices of daily items are increasing many folds everyday but government is not providing a “deserving hike” to the farmers’ produce.
He said that the apathy of government was forcing farmers to take extreme steps.
Waraich said the hike in MSP is not “viable” as Punjab Agriculture University in 2010 had suggested a price of Rs 1700 for wheat, “but till now the government has not applied the suggestion and the price of wheat this year has gone to Rs 1625 only.”
On the other hand, input cost on wheat and other crops has increased many folds, he added.
The AAP leader said chief minister Parkash Singh Badal, who claims to be a “savior of farmers”, has failed to protect the rights of farmers as he could not convince his alliance partner Prime Minister Narnedra Modi to provide deserving price of their crops.
“Modi government has failed to implement the recommendations of Swaminathan Commission and Union minister Harsimrat Badal who promised before elections to implement it did not utter a word,” he said.
He said Badal must pressurise Modi to give bonus to the farmers. “Price of farmers’ crop should be decided as per the market value of product,” he said.
“The farmers are forced to sell wheat at Rs 1525 per quintal but the price of wheat flour in open market is Rs 25-30 per kg. Like that, the price of gram pulse has gone up by many folds and is being sold at Rs 120 per kg but the farmers have to sell it at Rs 40 per kg to the buyer, he said.