Tribune News Service
New Delhi, September 21
A day after Parliament cleared key farm Bills amid protests by the Opposition, the Modi authorities at the moment hiked the MSP for six rabi crops. Announcing it within the Lok Sabha following a CCEA assembly headed by the PM, Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar stated the wheat MSP had been elevated by Rs 50, taking it to Rs 1,975 a quintal.
The highest hike was introduced for lentil (Rs 300 per quintal), adopted by gram, rapeseed and mustard (Rs 225 per quintal every), safflower (Rs 112 per quintal) and barley (Rs 75 per quintal). “The differential remuneration is aimed at encouraging crop diversification,” Tomar stated.
“While the Congress is telling the entire country that the MSP and APMC will go, the announcement is a proof that both will continue,” Tomar advised the House amid sloganeering. “Tell this to farmers in Punjab,” Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, Leader of the Congress within the House, remarked sarcastically.
Khadoor Sahib MP Jasbir Singh Gill (Congress) demanded an assurance that the federal government would proceed to obtain the grain in mandis. “The MSP hike is too little too late and for wheat, it is meagre,” Gill stated.
Taking on the Congress, Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad stated their “lies” had been uncovered. “Even before rabi sowing, our MSP is ready. This is our commitment to the farmers,” he claimed.
A merciless Joke: cong
This is a merciless joke on the farmers and a mockery of their protest. — Capt Amarinder Singh, Punjab CM
It’s meaningless within the absence of assured procurement of crops. — Sukhbir Badal, SAD chief
End protest: BJP
A reply to these claiming MSP regime will finish. End protest now. — Ashwani Sharma, Punjab BJP chief