Criticising the State Government for its anti-farmer attitude, the Navnirman Krushak Sangathan (NKS) has demanded bonus of `500 per quintal of paddy during procurement and allowance of `2,000 per month for each farmer till next crop.
Activists of the NKS led by State coordinator Akshaya Kumar are on a dharna for last seven days to press the demands. He warned that the dharna will continue till the demands are met.
Kumar alleged that though a week has passed since the NKS activists started dharna, no leader from any political party has come to the dharna place to discuss the demands with them. The additional requirement for the State Government if bonus of `500 is given will be `1500 crore. The allowance for farmers will also cost another `1,000 crore, Kumar said and added that the Government whose budget runs into more than `50,000 crore can afford the money.