BJD dharna for MSP hike in State

The BJD, on Monday, intensified agitation demanding hike in minimum support price (MSP) on paddy by staging demonstrations across the State.

Published: 11th July 2017 02:38 AM  |   Last Updated: 11th July 2017 07:48 AM   |  A+A-

By Express News Service

BHUBANESWAR: The BJD, on Monday, intensified agitation demanding hike in minimum support price (MSP) on paddy by staging demonstrations across the State. The ruling party will continue its two-hour dharnas in front of the block offices till July 18 to protest the meagre hike in MSP on paddy from `1470 to `1550 per quintal.

Stating that the BJP-led Central Government has made a mockery of farmers’ plight by increasing the rate of MSP on paddy by only `80 per quintal, Rajya Sabha MP and BJD spokesperson Pratap Deb said, the increase in MSP on paddy speaks much about the intention of Centre in dealing with farmers’ problems. The Modi Government has betrayed the farmers, he said.

Deb said, the BJP had promised in its election manifesto to increase the MSP on paddy by one and a half time of the production cost based on the recommendations of Swaminathan Committee. But, Modi Government forgot to fulfil the promise after coming to power, he said.

 The Odisha Assembly had unanimously passed a resolution seeking a hike in MSP on paddy to `2,930 per quintal. An Assembly Committee, headed by Speaker Niranjan Pujari, was constituted to meet the Prime Minister and apprise him of the issue. Though the committee had sought appointment from the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), there is no response so far to the request.

Stay up to date on all the latest Odisha news with The New Indian Express App. Download now
(Get the news that matters from New Indian Express on WhatsApp. Click this link and hit 'Click to Subscribe'. Follow the instructions after that.)


Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp