Government will exempt two per cent each on market fee and CST, he says
Four days after a large group of agitated farmers jumped before Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik’s cavalcade blocking his entry into the State Secretariat here, Mr. Patnaik on Friday announced bonus of Rs.100 per quintal over and above the minimum support price of paddy.
Mr. Patnaik, who announced the bonus at a public meeting in Bargarh district, also said that the State government will exempt two per cent each on market fee and Central Sales Tax (CST) for the benefit of farmers.
Claiming that he was running a farmers’ government, Mr. Patnaik said that the farmers selling their produce will get the benefit till the end of the kharif season.
In fact, a decision about bonus on paddy was taken at a meeting of the State Cabinet on Thursday evening. But it was not made public in view of model code of conduct being in force for the ensuing civic polls in the Capital city.
Meanwhile, convener of Navnirman Krushak Sangathan Akshay Kumar, who was on hunger strike since December 9, ended his fast following Mr. Patnaik’s announcement.
Mr. Kumar was arrested along with 25 other activists of the Sangathan and remanded to judicial custody after they staged a demonstration in front of the Chief Minister’s cavalcade on December 24.
The Sangathan leader, who had been lodged in the local jail after his arrest, was admitted to the Capital hospital on Friday after his health condition deteriorated.
The Sangathan had demanded bonus of Rs. 500 per quintal of paddy for the farmers and monetary compensation of Rs. 2,000 per month to each family of farmers in the Phailin affected areas till the next harvest season.
A large group of Sangathan activists had blocked the movement of Mr. Patnaik’s cavalcade in front of the State Secretariat by displaying national flags and squatting on the road after they were not called for a discussion even after staging a dharna for a fortnight on the Mahatma Gandhi Marg. In another development, opposition Congress and Bharatiya Janata Party criticised the State government for announcing bonus on paddy keeping an eye on the forthcoming elections.
Social activists and prominent citizens have announced to stage a dharna outside the Raj Bhavan here on Saturday to demand unconditional release of the 26 Sangathan activists.
Navnirman Krushak Sangathan convener ends fast Congress, BJP flay government
Navnirman Krushak Sangathan convener ends fast
Congress, BJP flay government