Punjab Agriculture Minister Tota Singh today demanded Rs 500 bonus per quintal of wheat from the Centre for the farmers of the state facing natural calamity due to bad weather.
He pointed out that after 1967, only a meagre 16 per cent rates of crops had been increased while the rates of other agri-inputs had been increased up to 100 to 250 per cent.
Addressing media persons here, Tota Singh said the farmers of Punjab had been reeling under a huge debt of Rs 35,000 crore and the state was facing the chronic disease of Cancer due to excessive usage of pesticides.
He said that by paying special attention towards the Punjab, the Centre should provide a relief package in the interest of state on the pattern of Kerala and Bengal as Punjab was a landlocked state.
Demanding Rs 500 as bonus per quintal of wheat, Tota Singh said that the MSP of wheat and paddy should be maintained at par the price index. He also appealed to the Members of Parliament from Punjab to submit a memorandum to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for immediate resolution of crisis faced by the farming sector of the state.