MSP should be triple the cost of production of major crops: Chandigarh High Court -Sofi Ahsan

-The Indian Express

The court also recommended that MSP be granted legal status by bringing in suitable legislation.

Chandigarh:
The Punjab and Haryana High Court Monday said the minimum support price (MSP) in the agriculture sector should be three times the cost of production of major crops to save farmers from distress. The court also recommended to the Union government and the Punjab government that MSP should be provided legal status, by bringing in suitable legislation.

The Court directed the Punjab government to consider implementing the broader recommendations of the Swaminathan Committee and consider providing MSP at least three times above the average cost “by taking into consideration the comprehensive cost including imputed rent and interest on owned land and capital as well as hired labour, cost of seeds and fertilizers, machinery, expenses incurred on irrigation, rent of leased land, and labour put by farmers and their families, in consultation with the Commission for Agricultural Costs and Prices”.

“Though the MSP is being announced since 1965, but the stark reality is that it has not boosted the income of farmers to bring them out of abject poverty. Time has come when the MSP should be given legal force by granting legal rights to the farmers to get fair value for their crops,” read the judgment passed by a division bench of Justices Rajiv Sharma and Harinder Singh Sindhu.

The bench further added that “the farmers must be empowered to get the MSP as a legal right and its enforcement should not be left only with the bureaucratic set up”.

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The Indian Express, 30 July, 2019, https://indianexpress.com/article/cities/chandigarh/msp-should-be-triple-the-cost-of-production-of-major-crops-chandigarh-high-court/

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