On Thursday, Biju Janata Dal at a press conference made numerous demands to the central government, mainly focusing on developing farmers and improving their livelihoods. The party has asked the Center to increase the MSP of paddy to Rs 2,930 per quintal, as per the unanimous resolution of Odisha Vidhan Sabha in 2017.
“The MSP of paddy should be increased by 1.5 times the C2 value as recommended by the Swaminathan Commission report. Third, the surplus of parboiled rice in Odisha should be lifted immediately which would otherwise cause great hardship to the hundreds of thousands of farmers in Odisha and especially in western Odisha,” the spokesperson said. of the BJD, Sasmit Patra, listing the Centre’s demands.
“Fourthly, Rs. 10,333 crores of food subsidy bill pending with the Center should be immediately released to Odisha and fifth and lastly, Rs. 5454.67 crores for additional interest incurred by Odisha due to delay in release and the brief release of the grant by the Center until March 31, 2022, should be released immediately,” the BJD spokesperson said.
Sasmit Patra added, “The Center has increased the MSP of the common quality paddy variety by Rs. common. This increase of only Rs. 100 per quintal is not enough and the BJD demanded to increase the MSP for paddy to 1.5 times the cost of production at C2 value; as recommended by the Swaminathan Commission report, but the Center has not done so so far.
Center’s decision to stop harvesting surplus parboiled rice will affect farmers in Odisha: Sasmit Patra
Recalling a resolution passed by the Odisha Assembly for the increase of MSP for farmers, the BJD leader alleged that the Center failed to meet the requirements of the resolution, although the BJP heads of state unanimously supported it.
“On March 25, 2017, the Odisha Vidhan Sabha had unanimously adopted a resolution recommending that the MSP of common paddy be raised to Rs 2,930 per quintal. All MPs, including those from the BJP, Congress and BJD, had unanimously supported this. But even after five years of passing this resolution and numerous demands made by BJD MPs in Parliament as well as Odisha Vidhan Sabha, the Center did not implement it and the Center also decided to ‘stop removing surplus parboiled rice from Odhisha,’ added BJD spokesman Sasmit Patra.
“Besides the issue of increasing the MSP of paddy to Rs. 2930 per quintal, the Center has also decided not to remove surplus parboiled rice from Odisha anymore. Most of the rice produced in Odisha is parboiled rice and is one of the major PDS rice contributing states in the country.The Centre’s decision to stop raising the surplus of parboiled rice will negatively affect hundreds of thousands of farmers in Odisha and that too from western Odisha mainly “, did he declare.