Bhubaneswar: Staging agitation against the Central hike of Rs 80 in minimum support price (MSP) of paddy, the ruling Biju Janata Dal (BJD) has launched its week long block-level protests across state from Monday.
The farmers’ cell of the party—BJD Krushak Sammukhya—will lead the demonstrations and will submit memos to the Block Development Officers (BDOs); addressed to the President for hiking the paddy-MSP.
The convener of the farmer’s cell Sushant Singh said “The Central government hasn’t kept its promise on MSP-hike and the paltry-hike has left the farming community in dismay.”
He claimed that the state government had taken various steps for doubling farmers’ income saying “Orissa has enhanced its budget allocation in farm sector from Rs 7,000 crore in 2013-14 to Rs 14,900 crore in the current fiscal.”
The state assembly panel in its last session had unanimously decided to fix the paddy-MSP at Rs 2930 and it was to submit a memo to the Prime Minister (PM) in this regard. Singh said the panel was unable to meet the PM as the PM’s office didn’t schedule any date for a meet with the panel.
BJD has asked all its MPs, MLAs, office bearers, leaders and activists to join these protest rallies which will be organised in a phased manner in every block from July 10 to 18.