Chhattisgarh to give bonus to farmers

Raman Singh.

The Chhattisgarh Cabinet has decided to give a bonus of Rs 300 per quintal of paddy procured from farmers, which means that they would get Rs 2,000 per quintal overall. This move, which has been made just ahead of the elections in the state, will benefit 13 lakh farmers.

The BJP, during the last elections, had promised a bonus of Rs 300 per quintal as bonus.

The state government has set a target to purchase 75 lakh metric tonne of paddy from the state's farmers during the Kharif period. The procurement of Kharif crops for 2018 is set to begin on November 1.

For this, the Cabinet has made an additional budgetary provision of Rs 2,400 crore.

According to party sources, a supplementary budget will be tabled on September 11. A discussion on the budget will be held on September 12 before it is passed.

The state government will also ensure that the procured paddy price and bonus is distributed before the Diwali festival.

At present, the common paddy procurement price is Rs 1,750, while the A-grade is Rs 1770 per quintal. The state government will procure around 15 quintals per acre from farmers. The amount would be paid directly to the bank account of farmers.

Chief Minister Raman Singh had earlier indicated that the farmers will get bonus for the year 2017 in 2018 as part of the 'Atal Vikas yatra'.

In another major decision by the Cabinet, it decided to withdraw 19,832 crime cases registered under Indian Forest Act 1927 filed up to December 31, 2016.

This would benefit around 12,000 Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe residents. This would have a huge impact on the tribal areas, where many cases against tribal residents are pending.

Now they will not have to pay fines in such cases, some of which run up to Rs 20,000.

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