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Sep 22, 2020 07:42 AM IST Daybreak

Govt Announces MSP Hike for Rabi Crops to Placate Angry Farmers; Mamata Lauds Suspended Oppn MPs for Fight Against Farm Reforms

The Union Cabinet has approved an increase in minimum support price (MSP) for Rabi crops for the 2021-22 season. In a move aimed at placating angry farmers who fear the recently passed farm bills will end the MSP support. The hike ranges from Rs 50 to Rs 300. The decision comes a day after the two contentious bills – Farmers' Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Bill, 2020, and Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Bill, 2020 -- were passed amid unprecedented opposition protests in the Rajya Sabha.

 'Greater Alliance': West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, while calling for a ‘greater alliance’ against the farm bills, announced that her party is ready to support anyone who wants to take the lead for the sake of farmers. The party is also planning to launch massive protest rallies across the state against the farm bills. The decision to hold protest rallies was taken after Rajya Sabha Chairman Venkaiah Naidu suspended eight members of Parliament (MPs).

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 Mega outreach: The ruling BJP has undertaken a mega outreach at various levels to placate angry farmers who have amplified protests against the contentious farm bills. BJP chief JP Nadda and Union agriculture minister Narendra Singh Tomar have briefed party ministers and MPs to engage with farmers and assure them that MSP support would continue. They are also told to point out that the Congress had promised the same reforms but is now opposing the legislation for “political exploitation”. Payal Mehta writes.