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Hooda hopeful of change in MSP

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CHANDIGARH: Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda on Tuesday expressed hope that the present system for deciding the minimum support price would be changed with the acceptance of the recommendations of the Working Group on Agricultural Production.

The Working Group, headed by Mr. Hooda, had recommended addition of 50 per cent of production cost as profit to the cost for deciding the minimum support price.

Addressing a public meeting at Pehowa in Kurukshetra district, he announced the decision to upgrade Ismailabad to the level of a block and also announced to a grant of Rs.5 crore and Rs.2.5 crore respectively for development of rural areas and urban areas in the Pehowa Assembly segment during the current financial year.

He said several recommendations made by the Working Group had already been accepted by the Centre. These included reduction of interest rate on crop loans to farmers making timely payment and direct subsidy to the farmers. He said the Centre should announce the MSP on the basis of the formula suggested by the Group to improve the socio-economic status of the farming community.

Local MLA and Cooperation Minister Harmohinder Singh Chattha and Haryana Congress unit chief Phool Chand Mullana were among those who addressed the rally.

Earlier, talking to media persons in Ambala, Mr. Hooda said any community or individual had the right to express their views and ask for reservation.

Replying to a question about the demand for reservation made by the Brahmins who had also staged a demonstration in Panipat on Monday, he said the process had been initiated to set up a Backward Classes Commission in the State and anyone could place their demand for reservation before it.

Mr. Hooda was conferred the title of “Ahimsa Purush'' by the Jain community.

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