Paddy farmers in India need Income Parity and not Charity

June 25, 2016 0 Comments

Resolution from the paddy farmers convention at the “Nel Thiruvizha” ( National level paddy festival) at Adhirengam, Thiruthiraipoondi, Tamilnadu, 4th and 5th June 2016

Paddy farmers in India need Income Parity and not Charity. The pathetically low Minimum Support Price (MSP) declared by Central Government is unacceptable.

We demand Rs 5,100 per quintal MSP for paddy.

We demand a Farmers Income Commission

4th June 2016.

We, paddy farmers from all over Tamilnadu and some representative farmers from other states, numbering more than 5000, having come together for the Nel Thiruvizha at Adhirengam, in its 10th anniversary get together, hereby have carefully considered the present announcement of the Government of India, about increasing the Minimum Support Price (MSP) for normal paddy by Rs 60. It has been increased to Rs 1,470 / quintal.

In our consideration this is pathetically low, and does not demonstrate any parity to the same Governments increase in monthly salaries to all the other sectors including the Central Government employees through the various Pay Commissions. Apart from the fixing of pays through Pay Commissions, every Government employee gets half-yearly DA increases almost on a regular basis to accommodate inflation and increasing cost of living. For the farmers we have realized that this is never done, and only lip service is done. This has to end.

We have duly considered Dr Devinder Sharma, food, agriculture and trade policy experts’ calculations that the MSP for paddy which was Rs 51 in 1970 has increased to Rs 1470/ quintal in 2016, an increase of just 29 times in 46 years. Comparatively, the monthly salary of government employees has increased 120-150 times during the same period. He has recommended that for actual income parity the farmer, considering even a 100 times increase, should be getting Rs 5100 / quintal as MSP, because most paddy farmers are actually full time farmers and this is their only source of income. It has been purposefully kept low, there by farmers suffering, getting into debt and even taking their own lives. This is the case of paddy farmers and we recognise that in other crops the condition is the same. 

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