The Centre's decision to raise the minimum support price (MSP) of paddy by Rs 72 per quintal for the 2021-22 crop year received a mixed response from BJD and Congress in the State.
While, the ruling BJD government welcomed Centre's decision, Congress said the hike in MSP is of no use for the farmers.
"The Centre has raised the MSP of paddy marginally by Rs 72 and it will benefit the farmers. Though, the hike is very minimal, but we welcome the Union government's decision as this was really necessary for the farmers," said senior BJD MLA Pratap Deb.
However, BJD critisied the Centre for failing to put a break on the soaring prices of edible oil and fuel.
"The skyrocketing prices of edible oil, petrol and diesel have burnt holes in the pockets of the consumers. If the fuel price especially of diesel soars, then it will directly affect the farmers and agriculture. The Centre should initiate necessary steps in this regard," Deb added.
Criticising the paddy MSP hike, Balangir MLA and senior Congress leader Narasingha Mishra said, "The hike in the paddy MSP is just like rubbing salt on open wounds of the farmers. The farmers are failing to get what they invested to produce one quintal of paddy through the prevailing MSP. The Centre should keep its promise and adopt Swaminathan Commission report."
Reacting to the responses, State BJP Kisan Morcha president, Pradip Purohit said, "Congress has no rights to criticise the MSP hike. They hogged power for long and during their ruling they have ruined the lives of the farmers. Similarly, the ruling BJD government in State must ensure that every farmer who is selling his paddy at the mandi should get the MSP announced by the Centre."