Bhubaneswar: Participating in the 12th Standing Committee meeting of the Inter-State Council chaired by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh in New Delhi today, Odisha Chief Minister urged for hike of minimum support price (MSP) for paddy besides raising Mahanadi and Polavaram issues.
“At today’s meeting, I urged upon the standing committee of the inter-state council to accept the recommendations of the Punchhi Commission early…. also take urgent action to stop the unilateral construction activities in Chhattisgarh in the Mahanadi basin and constitute a tribunal without further delay to address the problem…. also to discontinue the Polavaram project in Andhra Pradesh as it will impact a large number of people in Malkangiri district adversely and lastly to increase the minimum support price (MSP) for common paddy from Rs 1,470 per quintal to Rs 2,930 per quintal as non- remunerative MSP for doubling farmers’ income,” Patnaik said.
The Chief Ministers of Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Punjab, Rajasthan, Tripura and Uttar Pradesh also attended the meeting.