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BJD to demonstrate before Parliament on January 8 for hike in paddy MSP

BJD's vice-president Prasanna Acharya, who is also president of the party's farmers' wing, told reporters that the Centre had betrayed the farmers of Odisha with the false assurance to increase the MSP of paddy.

December 17, 2018 / 04:25 PM IST
Labourers plant saplings in a paddy field on the outskirts of the eastern Indian city of Bhubaneswar in this July 19, 2014 file photo. REUTERS/Stringer - RTX2A1ES

Labourers plant saplings in a paddy field on the outskirts of the eastern Indian city of Bhubaneswar in this July 19, 2014 file photo. REUTERS/Stringer - RTX2A1ES

The ruling Biju Janata Dal (BJD) will stage a demonstration in front of Parliament on January 8, demanding a hike in the minimum support price (MSP) of paddy.

BJD's vice-president Prasanna Acharya, who is also president of the party's farmers' wing, told reporters that the Centre had betrayed the farmers of Odisha with the false assurance to increase the MSP of paddy.

Holding the BJP-led NDA government at the Centre responsible for the miseries of farmers across the country, he alleged that the prime minister had no time to discuss the issue with the members of the all-party House Committee of the State Assembly.

"We will urge the Centre to hike the paddy MSP in accordance with the recommendation of the MS Swaminathan Committee," Acharya said.

The BJD members will leave for New Delhi from Bhubaneswar in a special train on January 6 to participate in the demonstration, he said.
PTI
first published: Dec 17, 2018 04:20 pm

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