New delhi: BJP President Amit Shah today described as “historic” the hike announced by the government in the minimum support price (MSP) of wheat and pulses, asserting that it will help realise Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s goal to double farmers’ income.
“The Modi government has announced a historic rise in the MSP of half a dozen crops including wheat, gram and masur. It is a major decision towards realising Modi’s goal to double farmers’ income and will prove to be a milestone” he said in a statement.
Earlier, Mr Shah noted, the government had announced a “record hike” in the MSP of Kharif produces like arhar, moong and urad.
It will not only bring happiness to the lives of farmers but also make India self-reliant in pulses, he said, claiming that for the first time the Centre has made arrangements to buy crops on MSP so that farmers do not have to run around to get proper price for their produce.
Citing the rise in MPS in lentils since the BJP-led NDA government came to power in 2014, he said it has done in two and a half years what earlier governments had not done for decades.
“BJP commends Prime Minister Narendra Modi for this pro-farmers decision that will bring happiness to the lives of crores of farmers,” he said.
The government had yesterday increased the MSP of wheat by Rs. 100 to Rs. 1,625 a quintal and pulses by up to Rs. 550 per quintal to boost output of these rabi crops and check prices