On Thursday, Congress and NCP have termed as a “cruel joke” the Maharashtra government’s declaration of Rs. 200 per quintal ex-gratia to onion growers and calls for increasing aid.
The opposition Congress has asked the state-ruled BJP government to raise the ex-gratia by Rs. 10 per kg., while NCP demands an increase of Rs. 5 per kg.
The opposition claims, “The government has short-changed farmers by announcing Rs. 200 ex-gratia per quintal. (Failing prices of ) onions have already brought tears in the eyes of farmers.”
Opposition leaders of Congress Radhakrishna Vikhe-Patil tweeted, “Instead of wiping those, the government has played a cruel joke on them. The government should immediately declare ex-gratia of Rs. 10 per kg.”
Hitting back at Fadnavis government, opposition leader in the Legislative Council Dhananjay Munde of the NCP said that the onion growers had originally demand ex-gratia of Rs. 500 per quintal.
Mr. Munde continued, “So, instead of the ex-gratia of Rs. 2 per kg, the government should increase it to Rs. 5 per kg and transfer the amount within a month on the accounts of farmers.”
He further warned that his party would stage the protest in the case as the state government did not offer them any aid within a week.
Today, the Maharashtra government has announced a relief of Rs. 150 crores to onion growers.
Maharashtra Cabinet’s decision came amid reports about the farmers’ were selling the freshly harvested onions at low as Rs. 1.50 per kg in the state, which is India’s top producer state in bulk.
Financial aid consists of an ex-gratia payment at the rate of Rs. 200 per quintal for the kitchen staple sold between November 1 and December 15, 2018.