"We have written to the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) repeatedly for fixing an appointment with the Prime Minister. The PMO has not responded to our request," food supplies and consumer welfare minister Surjya Narayan Patro said. Union minister of state for agriculture and farmers' welfare Gajendra Singh Sekhawat said: "There is no proposal to change the formula for determining the MSPs at present." Minister of state for agriculture and farmers' welfare Parshottam Rupala, too, said: "Farmers are free to sell their produce to government agencies or in the open market." "The production cost of paddy per quintal comes around Rs 1,443, and we have, therefore, demanded increase in the MSP to Rs 2,390.
Source: The Telegraph January 02, 2018 21:56 UTC