Farmers outfit Bhartiya Kisan Union (Haryana) on Monday slammed the ruling Congress government for not providing adequate compensation to farmers who are incurring losses due to less production of wheat. The BKU has also threatened to launch a massive agitation from May 8,if Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda fails to announce a compensation of Rs 25,000 per acre for farmers.
While speaking to mediapersons,BKUs state president Gurnam Singh said,A farmer incurs an expenditure of Rs 1,613 to grow each quintal of wheat. Production has decreased by 30 per cent in the last few years and as a result,the expenditure of a farmer has increased. According to government figures,while the loss to wheat growing farmer was Rs 25 per quintal last year,it has increased to Rs 263 this year.
While the chief minister has merely washed off his hands by writing a letter to the Union government in this regard,Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan have already announced a bonus of Rs 150 and Rs 270 per quintal respectively for the farmers, he added.