Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed a ‘thanksgiving’ rally for farmers in Punjab’s Muktsar district on Wednesday.
The rally was organised jointly by the SAD and the BJP in the wake of recent hike in MSP of Kharif crops.
The Prime Minister assured the farmers that the government was working towards increasing their income.
PM Modi also lashed out the Congress.
“Congress betrayed farmers, used them as vote bank,” said the Prime Minister.
PM Modi also spoke about increasing pollution levels owing to burning of fields in Punjab. He urged farmers not to burn agricultural residue.
The rally was held to mark the “unprecedented” increase in the Minimum Support Price of Kharif crops.
The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) at its meeting on July 4 had approved the MSP of 14 Kharif (summer-sown) crops. MSP for paddy was hiked by a steep Rs 200 per quintal.
After the hike, the MSP of paddy (common grade) was Rs 1,750 per quintal for 2018-19 season and the support price of Grade A variety of paddy was Rs 1,770.
Ahead of the rally, SAD president Sukhbir Singh Badal had said that farmers from Punjab, Haryana and Rajasthan would attend the rally and they would give a rousing welcome to the Prime Minister for his “bold and decisive” step to implement the Swaminathan Commission report which called for 50 per cent profit on input cost.
Sukhbir had also said that the Rs 200 per quintal increase in paddy would result in an increase of Rs 6,000 per acre to every paddy grower.
(With inputs from PTI)