Members of Bharatiya Kisan Sangh, a farmers’ wing of BJP, staged demonstration against the Central and the State governments here on Tuesday condemning inordinate delay in disbursing drought relief and demanding better procurement price for agri-produces.
Addressing the gathering, BKS State president K.R. Sundararajan said that drought had completely wiped out all livelihood activities of farmers in the State. So, a compensation of ₹. 30,000 per acre should be given to each farmer as drought relief, he said. Several farmers had committed suicide as they incurred huge loss owing to crop failure.
There was no minimum support price for several crops.
Moreover, sugar mills had not settled arrears to the tune of several crores of rupees to farmers for the cane they had supplied to them, he said.
Stating that man-animal conflict affected farmers much on hilly regions, he said wild boars and elephants were posing grave threat to standing crops in Kodaikanal.
Demo in Delhi
“We have planned to mobilise farmers throughout the state and stage a demonstration in New Delhi on April 10 to draw the government’s attention to redress our grievances,” he also added.
The members raised slogans against the Central and State governments condemning inordinate delay in disbursing relief and for fixing better price for agriculture produces.