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Decoding MSP by Modi govt: Why farmers are not impressed 

New Delhi: Ahead of key Assembly and Lok Sabha elections, the BJP-led Centre on Wednesday announced a “historic” hike in the Minimum Support Price (MSP) for kharif (summer-sown) crops, including paddy, for the 2018-19 marketing season.Unimpressed farmers’ representatives, however, claimed the Rs 200 hike in the paddy MSP was not sufficient to cover the real input costs or benefit the small and marginal farmers comprising the majority, as around 90 per cent are unable to sell crops at the assured price because of lack of procurement mechanism.Swaraj Abhiyan and Jai Kisan Andolan termed the MSP hike only a “small victory” for farmers in the election year. The Narendra Modi government has been forced to partially act, at least on paper, on the promise of remunerative MSP that it had made before the previous election. However, it was not the price promised by Modi in hundreds of election meetings and contained in the 2014 election manifesto of the BJP, they contend. 

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