New Delhi: CPI(M) General Secretary Sitaram Yechury has drawn Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s attention to the farmers plight and demanded that the latter fulfill his poll promise of a Minimum Support Price (MSP) providing a 50 per cent net profit to the farmer over his production costs.
In a letter to the Prime Minister, the Communist Party of India (Marxist) leader reminded him of his poll promise of a hike in MSP over production costs, pointing out that ‘during the last three years, you have done nothing to fulfill this promise.
The current MSP for various crops fixed by your government barely provides any returns to the farmer.
‘ The letter pointed out the agrarian plight of farmers across India, which has resulted in a high level of rural distress, including thousands of suicides by farmers in the past three years.
Referring to increasing protests by farmers in one state after another, which had been met by the PM’s ‘silence and apathy while the state governments of your party have let the police loose on the poor farmers,’ the letter said.