SAD hails unprecedented hike in MSP of crops
Core Committee thanks PM, BJP president for accepting SAD pleas on Swaminathan formula
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The Shiromani Akali Dal hailed the decision of the NDA government giving a steep hike on steep increase in minimum support prices (MSP) of foodgrains, pulses, oil seeds cotton etc to ensure a profit margin of more than fifty per cent on costs all agricultural inputs, including labour.
This would result in a direct benefit of nearly Rs 4000 crore to the Punjab farmers alone.
A resolution passed a the Core Committee meeting said that the centre’s decision would amount to a fulfillment of the goals of the long and arduous struggle waged by “the party under the stewardship of the country’s iconic leader, Sardar Parkash Singh Badal.
A meeting of the party’s Core Committee held also thanked the Prime Minister Narendra Modi on behalf of the Punjab farmers and farm labourers for fulfilling his commitment to give them a profit of 50% over and above their cost of production.
Giving details fo the Core Committee meeting, party spokesperson Harcharan Singh Bains told newspersons that the issue of farming crisis in the country in general and in Punjab in particular formed the crux of the proceedings today. While the Core Committee thanked the Union Government for the courageous initiative of ordering an unprecedented hike in MSP of various crops, a resolution passed at the meeting said the decision speaks volumes of the commitment of the NDA government to come to the aid of the farming community in its hour of dire need. “ The farmers and farm labourers who had earlier steered the country out of the scourge of famines and food imports, are in the grip of an alarming crisis which has led to the shocking tragedy of farmers’ suicides. Over 500 farmers have lost their lives this year alone in Punjab. The announcement of substantial increase in MSP will go a long way in steering the beleaguered farmers out of this deep crisis.