Bhubaneswar, June 10 -- The Centre's decision to raise the minimum support price (MSP) of paddy by Rs 72 per quintal for the 2021-22 crop year received a mixed response from BJD and Congress in the State.

While, the ruling BJD government welcomed Centre's decision, Congress said the hike in MSP is of no use for the farmers.

"The Centre has raised the MSP of paddy marginally by Rs 72 and it will benefit the farmers. Though, the hike is very minimal, but we welcome the Union government's decision as this was really necessary for the farmers," said senior BJD MLA Pratap Deb.

However, BJD critisied the Centre for failing to put a break on the soaring prices of edible oil and fuel.

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