TDP to meet PM on MSP for Paddy

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Hyderabad, Oct 22 (UNI) Opposition Telugu Desam Party (TDP) President and former Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu will meet Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and submit a memorandum, urging him to hike the Minimum Support Price (MSP) for Paddy to Rs 1,000 per quintal.

Addressing the press here, TDP General Secretary K Srihari said the TDP chief would meet the Prime Minister in New Delhi on October 23 or 24 and also submit a memorandum to him, seeking extension of last date for the repatriation of Andhra people residing in Gulf countries.

Besides, the TDP would also demand that the Centre withdraw the decision of depiction of skull and bones on Beedi packets as it would cause a huge loss to the industry and the labourers involved.

Alleging that the State Government was not taking any initiative to hike the MSP for paddy, groundnut, cotton, maize and sugarcane even after the demand of farmers' Associations and Opposition parties, he said the TDP would participate in 'Rail and Rasta Roko' agitational programmes, organised by the Ryots Associations, on October 24 in the State.

TDP Spokesperson MV Mysoora Reddy, MP, demanded that the Government implement the MS Swaminathan Committee recommendations to provide remunerative price to all agricultural produces immediately.

Alleging that the Government had failed to curb the increasing 'middlemen' intervention in markets, leading to the declining of prices of agricultural produces, he said the officials concerned were also not aware of the MSP for the produces.

UNI

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