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Row Over Farm Bills: MSP For Wheat Increased By PM Modi Government
Minimum Support Price for wheat increased by Rs 50 per quintal to Rs 1,975 per quintal: Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar
Row Over Farm Bills: MSP For Crops Raised By Modi Government Amid (file image)
New Delhi: The centre had announced a price rise in Minimum Support Price of key winter crops, this evening. The move comes between the huge protests caused by farmers against the new farm laws that was anticipated to expect the existing MSP system. The hike acted as an assurances by the PM Modi cabinet that the MSP will not be scrapped. The Prime Minister called it "another historic decision".
The MSP of Wheat, a key crop in Punjab and Haryana has been increased by ₹ 50 a quintal and will be ₹ 1975 per quintal this season. Mustard jumped of ₹ 225 a quintal and will now get ₹ 4,650 a quintal. The price of gram has gone up by ₹ 225 to touch ₹ 5,100. Lentils had the highest hike -- ₹ 300 a quintal and will now cost ₹ 5,100 a quintal.
गेहूँ का समर्थन मूल्य 50 रूपए बढ़ाकर 1975 रूपए,— Jagat Prakash Nadda (@JPNadda) September 21, 2020
जौ का 75 रू बढ़ाकर 1600 रू,
चने का 225 रू बढ़ाकर 5100 रू,
मसूर का 300 रू बढ़ाकर 5100 रू,
सरसों का 225 रू बढ़ाकर 4650 रू,
कुसुम का 112 रू बढ़ाकर 5327 रू/ क्विण्टल कर दिया गया है| pic.twitter.com/XQbgCjbYgU
The centre in its announcement to media had said the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs or CCEA chaired by PM Modi approved the increase in the MSPs for Rabi crops in line with the recommendations of Swaminathan Commission.
"It is our great privilege to work for the welfare of our farmers. In line with our ethos of taking farmer-friendly measures, the Cabinet has taken another historic decision to raise MSP. Crores of farmers will benefit from this," PM Modi tweeted.
Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh said, "They (the centre) have made a mockery of the farmers' protests over the Farm Bills, which by all accounts will eventually pave the way for ending the MSP system and abolish the Food Corporation of India,"
Mr.Singh added, "If the BJP-led Central government thought it would appease the agitating farms with this trifling hike they clearly did not understand the situation"
According to the recent move by the central govt, it was clear that the new laws do not affect Minimum Support Price system. The new laws empower small and marginal farmers to sell crops to private enterprises for competitive prices.
BJP's ally, Akali Dal put an end to their support to BJP last week over the issue, despite PM Modi's assurance.
Sena leader Sanjay Raut said, "Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said that the system of MSP will not end in the country and the rumor is being spread about it...So has the Shiromani Akali Dal resigned from the government only on the basis of this rumor?"
PM Modi while appreciating the move had also targeted the opposition, "Some people are losing their control of it. So now these people are trying to mislead farmers on MSP (minimum support price)".
He added, They are also the "same people who sat for years on the recommendations of the Swaminathan committee on MSP."