Kisan Sabha denounces govt for jacking up paddy's MSP

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New Delhi, Jun 14 (UNI) All India Kisan Sabha today criticised the government's decision of increasing the Minimum Support Price (MSP) of Paddy to Rs 850 and demanded that the price be raised to minimum of Rs 1000 pq as the hike was too meagre when compared to the rise in prices of fertiliser, diesel and seeds.

The government did not consider the CACP recommendations, which suggested to raise the price of paddy to Rs 1000 pq, nor did it pay heed to the Dr Swaminathan Commision, which had recommended to fix MSP on 'average costs of input plus 50 per cent extra, K Varadha Rajan, General Secratary, AIKS said.

Consortium of Indian Farmers Associations also denounced the Government's decision on insufficient price hike of paddy, saying the farmers are backbone of the country and they require utmost attention.

The prices of other products like diesel, fertiliser and seeds has increased many folds. Therefore, the government should consider the issue of fixing the MSP in a balanced way, the Farmers Association underlined.

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