A cruel joke: CPI(M)

The CPI(M) on Thursday said the hike in the minimum support price for paddy and other crops announced by the Union Cabinet is “fraudulent” and does not meet the criteria recommended by the Swaminathan Commission.

Calling it a cruel joke, the CPI(M) in a statement said the announcement deliberately used a measurement of costs, which omitted important aspects, thus manipulating the cost calculation and bringing it down to levels even lower than what the State governments, including BJP-ruled States, had proposed last year.

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