Chhattisgarh’s bonanza bonus for one million paddy farmersDecember 23rd, 2008 - 8:55 pm ICT by IANS
Raipur, Dec 23 (IANS) Keeping up its poll promises, Chhattisgarh’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) announced Tuesday it would provide Rs.220 per 100 kg as a bonus amount to farmers during the ongoing government-sponsored paddy procurement drive.The announcement for bonus bonanza was made by Chief Minister Raman Singh after presiding over the maiden cabinet meeting at the state secretariat here. An 11-member cabinet team was sworn in Monday.
The BJP had announced in the run up to the November assembly polls to a 90-member state assembly that it would give Rs.270 per quintal bonus amount to farmers if returned to power.
“I am honouring the commitment what I made before polls, the farmers who are selling their paddy to government through co-operative societies during present procurement period, Oct 20-Jan 31, are entitled to get bonus in two instalments,” Raman Singh told reporters.
The announcement will benefit about one million paddy growers of the state. The bonus amount will be in addition to government purchase rate, Rs.850 per quintal, fixed for common grade paddy and Rs.880 for Grade-A category paddy.