Bhubaneswar: The ruling BJD on Saturday has decided to begin a week-long agitation in all the 314 blocks of the state from July 10 to 18 against the disappointing hike in Minimum Support Price (MSP) on paddy by the Central Government.
This has been declared by party vice-president Debi Prasad Mishra at a Press conference after blaming the Centre for making a mockery of farmers’ plight in the state.
“The hike of Rs 80 per quintal of paddy speaks volumes about the intention of the Centre in dealing with the issue. The Modi Government has betrayed the farmers,” said he.Criticising Modi for not fulfilling the election promise on the paddy MSP, Mishra said the hike of Rs 80 will put the farmer into distress. As per its election manifesto, the BJP should increase the MSP of paddy to one and a half time of the production cost, added Mishra.
As the MSP on paddy fixed by the Centre is less than the production cost, a unanimous resolution was passed in the State Assembly demanding that it should be fixed at Rs 2,930 per quintal.