Odisha Ruling BJD to stage State-wide week-long dharna from July 10 over paddy MSP

Bhubaneswar: The ruling BJD today announced a week-long State-wide stir from July 10 to press their demand of ‘fair hike’ in the MSP. Party vice-president Debi Prasad Mishra announced this at a Press conference.

He came down heavily on the Central Government for making a mockery of farmers’ plight in the State. “The hike of Rs 80 per quintal of paddy speaks volumes about the intention of the Centre in dealing with the issue. The Modi Government has betrayed the farmers,” said he.Criticising Modi for not fulfilling the election promise on the paddy MSP, Mishra said the hike of Rs 80 will put the farmer into distress. As per its election manifesto, the BJP should increase the MSP of paddy to one and a half time of the production cost, added Mishra.As the MSP on paddy fixed by the Centre is less than the production cost, a unanimous resolution was passed in the State Assembly demanding that it should be fixed at Rs 2,930 per quintal. An Assembly Committee headed by the Speaker was constituted to meet the PM and apprise him of the issue, but he is not finding time to even meet the committee,” alleged Mishra.