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Congress MLAs walkout from Chhattisgarh House on farmers' bonus issue

The main opposition Congress on Wednesday staged a walkout from the Chhattisgarh Legislative Assembly in protest against the state government's "failure" to fulfil its promise of giving bonus to farmers against procurement of their paddy.

PTI| Updated: Mar 04, 2015, 19:20 PM IST

Raipur: The main opposition Congress on Wednesday staged a walkout from the Chhattisgarh Legislative Assembly in protest against the state government's "failure" to fulfil its promise of giving bonus to farmers against procurement of their paddy.

Raising the issue during the Question Hour, Leader of Opposition TS Singhdeo sought to know the target set by the government for procurement of paddy in Kharif season 2014-15 and the actual purchasing done.

He also asked about the support price for procuring paddy and the bonus being given to farmers on it.

In his reply, Food and Civil Supply Minister Punnulal Mohile said, "We don't set any target, we just make an assumption."

To this Singhdeo said in Surguja, Markfed- the paddy procurement agency in the state- had set a target of procuring 1 lakh tonne paddy in the current crop season and has purchased around 95,000 tonne.

Target and assumption is the same thing, he said.

Singhdeo also sought a reply from government on its promise in the last Budget of providing the bonus of Rs 300 per quintal of paddy to farmers.

In his reply, Mohile said the government had not yet taken any decision regarding it.

Unsatisfied with the minister's reply, state unit Congress chief Bhupesh Baghel said the government had promised to give bonus to farmers during elections and is now saying that it has not decided on the same.

He was supported by senior Congress MLA Satyanrayan Sharma and other party members.

When Mohile repeated that the decision on giving bonus to farmers has not been taken, the agitated Congress members raised slogans demanding bonus and walked out from the House.

Meanwhile, Speaker Gaurishankar Agrawal asked Mohile to give timely reply on any member's question from next time as the minister had not submitted the written answer to Singhdeo's question to Vidhansabha Secretariat.