PM Narendra Modi didn’t mention MSP in promise to farmers: Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh

Agriculture Minister said the government had appointed a committee in 2015 and implemented its promise last year. The government, he maintained, was striving to pay double the cost of input for agricultural produce

Written by Pradeep Kaushal | New Delhi | Published: July 20, 2017 2:17 am
PM Narendra Modi, Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh, PM Modi, Radha Mohan Singh, Lok Sabha, India News, Indian Express, Indian Express News Narendra Modi (Reuters Photo)

Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh said in Lok Sabha Wednesday that Prime Minister Narendra Modi, during his 2014 Lok Sabha election campaign, had only promised farmers 50 per cent of input cost as profit on farm produce. The Opposition, Singh said, was misleading people by adding “minimum support price”. Responding to a six-hour debate on the agrarian crisis, Singh said Modi had not mentioned “minimum support price” during his speech in Bareilly. He said the government had appointed a committee in 2015 and implemented its promise last year. The government, he maintained, was striving to pay double the cost of input for agricultural produce.

The Opposition asked the government to waive farm loans, hike MSPs and lodge criminal cases against those responsible for recent deaths of farmers in firing in MP. Congress leader Jyotiraditya Scindia, who opened the discussion, said: “This government is not sensitive to the issues of farmers. Prime Minister Narendra Modi immediately tweets at global disasters but he has not tweeted anything on the killings of farmers in Mandsaur.” He said even the agriculture minister has not visited Mandsaur because he was “busy doing yoga with Ramdev Baba”.

Scindia attacked MP Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan. As BJP members frequently interrupted him, Scindia described Chouhan’s fast following the firing as nautanki and added certain remarks that Speaker Sumitra Mahajan expunged later. He was also challenged by Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar, who said, “He should not mislead the House.” Mahajan indicated a special session for a threadbare discussion on agrarian issues could be convened. The suggestion came from BJP member Virendra Singh Mast. The suggestion was “good”, Mahajan said. “One day, I would orgainse such a session,” she said, adding as representatives of people, “all of us know about issues related to farming”.

Mast, who heads the BJP farmers’ cell, took a dig at Scindia, saying it was not an issue of Rajas and Ranis. Rural Development Minister Narendra Singh Tomar accused the Congress of stoking the agitation in Mandsaur. Those who spoke included Kalyan Banerjee (Trinamool Congress), Bhartruhari Mahtab (BJD), Sudheer Gupta (BJP), Prem Singh Chandumajra (Akali Dal), Bhagwant Mann (AAP), Arun Kumar and Ram Kumar Sharma (both RLSP), Badruddin Ajmal (AIUDF), E T Mohammd Basheer (IUML), Dushyant Chautala (INLD), CN Jayadevan (CPI), Joice George (Independent), Rajesh Ranjan (RJD rebel).

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    N.S.MANIMARAN.
    Jul 20, 2017 at 3:56 pm
    Since Nehruvian government, agriculture in india started its down treand.now the speed of downtrend increased further by modiji.
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      sahil
      Jul 20, 2017 at 1:19 pm
      was another " chunavi jumla "
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      1. Rene Fernandez
        Jul 20, 2017 at 11:17 am
        Shame that the most important grievance of of profitable MSP to farmers was not given by our PM Modi . Without this farmers lip service is meaningless and hope in the 2019 elections if the crooked political parties do not include this basic required of a profitable MSP to all farmers the political parties must be voted out irrespective of caste, community of all farmers of our nation . Our farmers are our bread and butter and we have see with the expose in India Today TV how the farmers are cheated of their fair price
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          TIHAEwale
          Jul 20, 2017 at 9:51 am
          Congress should disturb house if Radha Mohan and his collegues have not seen this . Shivraj Singh Chauhan is presiding over the most corrupt regime in the COUNTRY. Yesterday India Today TV in a program anchored by Rajdeep Sardesai showed video evidence how entrenched is the corrupt officials in onion procurement in M.P. and how their activities hurting poor farmers. GVL Narasimha Rao as was expected putting blame on 67 years of Congress rule and tried to parrot Feku56 is gods gift before he was cut short
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            TIHAEwale
            Jul 20, 2017 at 9:48 am
            Radha Mohan and Sumitra did u not watch yesterday how corrupt procurement officials in M.P.Goverment are exploting onion growers while paying MSP to onion growers captured in video and broadcast by Rajdeep Sardesai
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