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RMS Chhina urges people to attend Modi's rally in Punjab

July 10, 2018 05:19 PM

Punjab News Express
AMRITSAR: Former state BJP Vice-President and senior leader Rajinder Mohan Singh Chhina today invited people from all walks of life to attend a 'thanksgiving' rally organized at Malout in Muktsar district to be presided over by Prime Minister Narendra Modi marking the "unprecedented" increase in minimum support price for paddy. He said farmers from three states including Punjab, Haryana and Rajasthan are aking part in the rally in large number on Wednesday.
In a statement issued here, Chhina coaxed party workers that they should see it as a ‘thanksgiving’ event for Modi as he has bailed out farmers by increasing MSP. Also, Chhina asked BJP workers to ensure maximum gathering for the rally. “For the first time any central government has taken such a big pro- farmers decision by increasing MSP of all the crops including paddy by Rs. 200/quintal and cotton,” said he, adding that it would be a joint SAD- BJP rally under the leadership of former CM Parkash Singh Badal.
“While the Congress's state government is decreasing the limits of the loan credits to the farmers from its Cooperative banks, the Centre has given the farmers and the farming a big push by raising MSP,” he said informing that the party workers as well as the farmers of Punjab were waiting anxiously to give a rousing welcome to the PM for his "bold and decisive" step to "implement the Swaminathan Commission report" which called for 50 percent profit on input cost.
"We are confident this will be a historic occasion on which the entire farming community will come together on one platform to thank Narendra Modi for the largesse extended to the farming community," said Chhina adding that the farmers would accrue additional revenue of Rs 4,500 to 6,500 per acre due to the MSP hike in this season alone. He requested the Chief Minister Amarinder Singh not to "play politics" over the "historic" increase in the MSP of paddy and other crops and acknowledge the benefit given to farmers. He said the state agricultural marketing board would net additional revenue of around Rs 200 crore by way of market fee and rural development fund.
He claimed that all these facts proved that the recent hike in MSP would boost Punjab's economy. He said that besides paddy, farmers growing cotton would get an additional income of around Rs 10,000 per acre.

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