Bhubaneswar 29.06.2016 (By Mano Mani Singh)- on 29th June BJD leaders stage d a demonstration in front of Raj Bhawan Bubaneswar & given a memodendum to President of Imdia : The draft memorandum as follows
The Hon’ble President of India Rastrapati Bhawan, New Delhi (Through Hon’ble Governor of Odisha)
Sub: Demonstration against the unilateral and unjust decision of the Central Government in respect of declared MSP of Paddy for KMS-2016- 17.
Paddy is the main crop of Odisha. Due to hard work of its farmers, Odisha has bagged four National Krishi Karman Awards in last five years. Today Odisha is contributing handsome quantity of rice to the
central pool to meet the needs of Public Distribution System in deficit States. It is the third highest paddy procuring surplus State in the country after Punjab and Chhatishgarh. pesticides etc. the farmers in the State have been losing out in getting their due with respect of their produce. Most paddy farmers sell their surplus to State Government agencies under Decentralised Procurement operations. They get the minimum support price (MSP) fixed by Government of India for their paddy from the Government agencies. commensurate with the rising costs of inputs for paddy being incurred by farmers. It does not even meet the inflationary cost which reduces the value of money every year. The Govt. of Odisha had recommended to fix MSP at Rs.2500 per quintal of paddy for the Kharif Marketing Season 201516. But Government of India fixed MSP for paddy at Rs.1410 per quintal for common variety of paddy (announced in June’2015). of India has fixed it at Rs.1470 per quintal for common variety of paddy However, with rising cost of inputs like fertiliser, labour, But the MSP for paddy fixed by Government of India is not Similarly for Kharif Marketing Season 201617, the Government (announced in June 2016) despite State Government’s request for hiking it to Rs 2500 per quintal in December last year. back to fix the MSP of the crops as per formula proposed by noted Agriculture Scientist Dr. M. S. Swaminathan. As per that formula, the MSP
for a crop was to be fixed 50% above the cost incurred by farmers. Today, our farmers are not even getting the cost of cultivation for paddy. We request Government of India to keep their promise & implement the above formula proposed by Dr. Swaminathan. capitalists & influential people and the Modi Government is giving importance to protect their interest. Without considering the basic
problems of the farmers the NDA Government is neglecting the agriculture sector and cut down the budgetary provision under this head. Due to change of sharing pattern of Govt. of India schemes like Rastiya Krishi Vikash Yojana, National Food Security Mission, National Mission on Oil Seeds & Oil Palm, National Mission on Sustainable Agriculture and National Mission on Agriculture Extension and Training from 100% to 60%, the State Government has to lose Rs.36,660.80 lakhs during the financial year 2016-17. The NDA had announced in their election manifesto two years Now the NDA Government is totally under control of the Due to scanty rain fall and erratic monsoon, Odisha has experienced severe drought in respect of 404 Wards of 55 ULBs and 29044 villages of 233 blocks under 27 districts which constitute 33% crop loss in 14.82 lakh hectares of agricultural land. To face the consequence of the drought Govt. of Odisha has declared Rs.1000 crores drought package from its own fund and postpone the agricultural loan recovery. The Government of Odisha has demanded Rs.2344.99 crores from Central Govt. for drought assistance. After a long gap the Central Govt. has decided to give Rs.815 crores drought assistance to the State. Although, including Odisha 10 drought affected states have demanded for central assistance in the financial year 2015-16, but Central Govt. has sanctioned out of National Disaster Relief Fund to different BJP ruled State like Rs.1276.25 crores for Chhatisgarh, Rs.2023.68 crores for Madhya Pradesh, Rs.1193.41 crores for Rajasthan, Rs.3049.36 crores for Maharastra whereas Rs.815 crores only has been sanctioned to Odisha. It is a matter of regret that Rs.600.52 crores drought assistance has been sanctioned in three instalments and instructed to incur the rest amount of Rs.214.48 crores from State Disaster Management Fund. In this situation the State Govt. has already given Rs.700 crores input subsidy to the Farmers. The discrimination shown for BJP ruled states Vrs. non-BJP ruled states as well as undeveloped Odisha, in sanctioning central assistance creates doubts to the entire farmers’ community of Odisha. India will develop only when all the states together will develop in a Federal Structure. Govt. of India should work in this regard. It is well known to everybody the attitudes of Modi Govt. towards KBK districts of Odisha. The Modi Govt. is not giving due attention for its development to Odisha State as expected. Therefore, Biju Janata Dal, Odisha is requesting Hon’ble President of India to intervene in the matter and to direct the Central Govt. to reconsider the genuine demands of the Govt. of Odisa for enhancement of Minimum Support Price in respect of paddy and sanction the rest amount of drought assistance as demanded by Odisha to protect the greater interest of the farmers.