|EARLY TIMES REPORT|
JAMMU, June 9: All J&K Kissan Union has reitrated its demand of Rs 500 cr special package for the drought-hit farmers of the region. Speaking to farmers at Dansal in Nagrota near here today, union chairman Ashok Sharma said the government must announce Rs 500 cr special package for about seven lakh drought-hit farmers of the state. He said the standing crops of farmers and orchards in the region had been damaged due to drought. Mohinder Singh Jamwal, Vice-Chairman of the union, said the crops and live stock should be insured on government expenses. Yash Paul Sharma, Dr Y P Sharma, Ishtkar Ali Khan, and R N Khajuria also spoke on the occasion. Earlier, the union members staged a dharna in support of their demands at Vijaypur, Bishnah, Samba, Kalakote, Ramgarh, Rajouri. Prominent among those who addressed the dharna included Balwan Kumar, Vinod Sawhney, R C Raju, Yashpaul Singh Jamwal, Vijay Singh, Kuldeep Singh.