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BJDurged President to fix the minimum support price

Bhubaneswar:25/6/17; The BJD on Friday urged President Pranab Mukherjee to direct the Union Government to fix the minimum support price (MSP) at Rs 2,930 per quintal for paddy within seven days in the interests of the farmers.

The BJP submitted a memorandum, addressed to the President, before Governor Dr SC Jamir after staging a demonstration before the Raj Bhavan here under chairmanship of Biju Krushak Janata Dal State Convenor Sushant Singh on the issue.

It further informed that the State Assembly had passed a unanimous resolution to recommend the Centre to fix paddy MSP at Rs 2,930 in compliance with the BJP’s election manifesto promising to provide MSP of one and half times the cost of production.

Now, the Union Government has unilaterally declared a MSP of Rs 1,550  per quintal of paddy for the year 2107-18. With this, the Union Government has completely neglected the State’s demand for justified enhancement of MSP of paddy.

The MSP declared by the Centre would affect farmers of the State who are very often exposed to various natural calamities like drought, flood, cyclone and unseasonal rain.

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Ashok Palit has completed his graduation from Upendranath College Soro, Balasore and post graduation from Utkal University in Odia Language and literture.. He has also carved out a niche for himself as a scribe of eminence after joining the profession in 1988. He is also an independent media production professional. He brings loads of experience to Advanced Media, Ashok Palit as a cineaste has been active in film criticism for over three decades. As a film society activist, he soared to eminence for his profound commitment to the art film appreciation and aesthetics of cinema. His mode of discourse is often erudite but always lucid and comprehensible marked by a perfect acumen so rare in the field. A film aesthete with an immense fond of critical sensibilities, he wrote about growth and development of odia cinema in New Indian Express, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Asian Age and Screen. He has been working as an Editor for Cine Samaya from 2002-2004.. He had made solid contribution on cinema in many odia Dailies and weekly such as Samaj, Prajatantra, Dharatri, Samaya, Satabadi, and weekly Samaya.

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