Odisha House Committee denounces Centre’s Rs 200-paddy MSP hike

Bhubaneswar: The House Committee of the Odisha Assembly today slammed the Centre’s Rs 200 per quintal hike in the minimum support price (MSP) of paddy.

The House panel, headed by the Assembly Speaker, today discussed and criticized the MSP hike approved by the Centre in July this year. The panel also decided to meet the President of India and Prime Minister over the issue.

The Speaker will also reportedly write to the PM and seek more time for the implementation of the hike.

“The House panel condemns the hike approved by the Centre. The President & the PM will be urged once again to provide more time,” said Opposition Chief Whip, Tara Prasad Bahinipati.

“We denounce the Rs 200 per quintal MSP hike by the Centre. We will soon approach the officials with the concerns of the House Committee,” said BJD’s general secretary, Sanjay Das Burma.

On the other hand, BJP spokesperson, Golaka Mohapatra said that the production cost of paddy has been increased by the Odisha government and without politicising the issue, the government must repay the amount as bonus to the farmers.

The Centre had increased the MSP of paddy (common grade) by Rs 200 to Rs 1,750 per quintal while that of Grade A variety by Rs 160 per quintal to Rs 1,750.