Bonus a cruel joke: Lakhowal
Bathinda April 17:
Punjab Mandi Board Chairman and President, Bharti Kisan Union (Lakhowal), Ajmer Singh Lakhowal while dubbing the announcement of bonus on the wheat crop by the Centre as anti-farmer, said that the minimum support price (MSP) must have been declared after working out the same acco-rding to the wholesale price index (WPI).
Lakhowal, who was on a visit to Chak Bhaktu village of the district to attend a social function today, said that the Centre’s bonus of Rs 50 per quintal was a cruel joke. He said that farmers of the country never wanted bonus on wheat crop. Instead, they had been demanding for the past many decades that the MSP of foodgrains must be linked with the WPI. “Hence, the BKU (Lakhowal) rejects the bonus,” he said.
If one took the hike witnessed in the price of inputs into consideration, it would be clear that the Rs 50 bonus was not enough to compensate the farmers. For the first time, the farmers will be asked to fill forms to keep the record of the produce brought by them to the grain markets and purchase centres.