Chakka jam call withdrawn
BHOPAL: Chief minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan will stage sit- in with his cabinet members on March 6 to protest delay in Central aid for hailstorm affected farmers of the state. A half day ‘ Bandh’ would also be observed. Chauhan said the ruling party wants to draw the attention of the people towards the problems of farmers of the state. He said there would be no chakka jam in view of the examinations being held across the state. Chauhan said the farmers would stage Dharna in villages and blocks demanding Centre to release aid. The BJP has sought permission to stage Dharna near Tin Shed in the city.
Central government. First demand is that the Centre should send an inspection team to take stock of damage caused by hailstorm and give a special package of Rs 5000 cr for the farmers. The second demand is that the Union government should release of the rest of the sanctioned amount for damage to Soyabean crops.
A Central team had recommended an aid of Rs 370 crore but only 34 crore were given. Third demand is about support price of gram. The government has declared support price of gram to be Rs 3100 per quintal but gram is being sold at Rs 2300 to Rs 2600, which is far less than its support price. His fourth demand is that APIDA should protest against patent of Basmati rice of the state, which is leading to loss to state’s farmers.