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New Delhi: The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs on Wednesday increased the Minimum Support Price (MSP) of crops ranging from Rs.15 to Rs.275 for this year’s kharif season.

The new support prices will be effective from October 1 this year.

While the cabinet raised the price of common rice by Rs.50 to Rs.1,410 per quintal, it hiked the price for hybrid and Maldandi variety of ‘jowar’ by Rs.40 a quintal.

A comparatively better hike, however, was on the pulses front. Both ‘Tur‘ (arhar) as well as ‘Urad‘ prices were raised by Rs.275 while that for ‘Moong‘ by Rs.250 per quintal.

Now, the MSP of both ‘tur‘ and ‘urad‘ will be Rs.4,625 per quintal while for ‘moong‘ the MSP will be Rs.4,850 — that is a farmer would get a minimum assured price of Rs.46.25 for his kg of ‘tur‘ and ‘urad’ pulses, and Rs.48.50 for a kg of ‘moong’.

MSPs of ‘ragi’ and sesamum were hiked by Rs.100 per quintal to Rs.1,650 and Rs.4,700 respectively.

Prices of both medium and long staple ranges of cotton have been increased by Rs.50 to Rs.3,800 and Rs.4,100 respectively.

Bajra and Maize saw moderate increase in MSPs.

Interestingly, the MSP for black variety of Soyabean oil remains unchanged at Rs.2,500.

The Centre said the increase was expected to send out a strong signal to farmers to increase acreage and invest for increase in productivity of pulses.

Under the MSP system, the Centre purchases the produce from farmers at the declared price, thereby preventing distress sale.

Due to lower procurement from the Eastern region of the country, the cabinet directed for necessary arrangements to strengthen procurement of agricultural produce from that part of the country. (IANS)

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Death Knell For The Rape Culture

The death penalty for the child rapist is going to see the light of the day

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Death knell for the rape culture
Death knell for the rape culture. Pixabay

By Salil Gewali

The death penalty for the child rapist is going to see the light of the day. Hearty thanks to the countless candle marchers. The credit also goes to those conscious media and columnists who all fueled the agitation and energized the activists. Here PM Modi’s dynamism can’t be overlooked either, because this ordinance, which was long overdue, has happened now.

Let’s all pray that the ‘fear of death’ will be an effective deterrent.  Hope, this will “frighten away” the real vices. In the meanwhile, it would also be very wise on the part of the government to look for other preventive measures since we have lot many “vices” in lot many avatars and assortments which only encourage the sex related crimes. There are also very dangerous “vices” which, when start to infect one’s thought-process, might give birth to the countless Trojan horses, Malwares, even virulent I-love-You. The virus infecting tragedy usually strikes ones very fast who are with weak inborn “antivirus”. This, in fact, turns “sane men into perverts” if one objectively analyses. But what is too bizarre is that some of such virus generating vices are let to flourish under the cover of silence while some are made to believe through media as “virtues” and while others as “talent” — with a whole lot of modish adornment and poetic adulation. Do you want to acknowledge that ones who cried hard against the despicable rape culture are the premier dealers of these vices? Some are producers too. I cut short here.  Because these days I fear the “thunder of hypocrisy” then the roars of the tiger in a jungle!

Candle March for death penalty of rapists.
Candle March. Pixabay

Yes, remaining complacent by mere hanging the perverts will be thus a downright immaturity. The identifying the causes of those vices that are hurting the society at large are equally important.  Of course, many try to overlook those vices as if they never make a bad impact upon the mindset an individual. Here I’ve an argument — has the heat of the hearth stopped boiling the water or burn your pack of currency notes to ash? As mentioned above, we can draw a perfect “analogy” between the virus infecting a computer leading to its inevitable “malfunction” with the people’s behavioral degeneration and wrong indulgences due to the continuous exposure and acceptance of vices.

Also Read: Rape Survivors in India Still Face Humiliation with Two-Finger tests and Barriers to Justice says Human Rights Watch

However, it would surely be good if the Government and awakened women organizations boldly pinpoint those forces as well which are culpable for presenting women as no less than commodities, and the dealers of the vices. In this, one is skeptical whether we can turn to the media with hope, or with doubt! Because, very absurdly, the definition of “good life” and its values have now been willfully distorted and redefined to suit the situation, plans and programs such that they would help further the agendas of that forces which rule the roost.

Stop the Terror of Rape.
Stop the Terror of Rape.

Anyway, whether one agrees or disagree, disinfecting/detoxing the “mindset” of the society is the only pathway to the sane society which we are now crying for. The healthy thought, healthy attitude, healthy acts can only toll the death knell for any kind of rapes or any kind of depravity.

Salil Gewali is a well-known writer and author of ‘Great minds on India’. Twitter: @SGewali

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