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The Congress on Wednesday debunked the BJP-led Central government’s decision to increase the Minimum Support Prices (MSP) for paddy and other Kharif crops for 2018-19 season as an “electoral lollipop” and claimed that the farmers had been duped again by the Narendra Modi government.
Congress said in the run up to the 2014 Lok Sabha polls Prime Minister Narendra Modi had promised to fix MSP at 50 per cent more than the cost of production. It argued that the hike announced by the government did not translate into 50 per cent increase to the input cost even going by the recommendations of the Commission for Agricultural Costs and Prices (CACP) for 2017-18.
All-India Congress Committee Communication Department head, Randeep Surjewala said the MSP for paddy, according to the CACP recommendation for 2017-18 should have been Rs 2,226, whereas the government has hiked it to Rs 1750.
“The MSPs announced today does not in any way fulfil the promise made by Modi. Is it not a betrayal of the farmers,” he asked.
“The Modi government forgot to tell the nation that the MSP announced today will be paid by the next government. By the time the Kharif crop will reach the market, people would have sent the Modi government home,” Surjewala added.