with measures like loan write-offs offered by some
BJP States and an ostensibly much-improved crop insurance
scheme (PMFBY), this hike in MSPs is seen to have
confirmed the pro-farmer tilt of the Narendra Modi
government. The timing of the Modi government's MSP
hike for kharif crops leads to the question of whether
it is backed by the financial allocations needed to
deliver on them.
This article was originally published in the Frontline
Print edition: July 20, 2018.