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    West Bengal earns a major part of country's foreign exchange through Jute. Near about three?

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    Shots of jute growers at work in the field, they are grayest in water, jute field, jute plant, children on road.


    Jute growers and juste mill workers protest march on city street, procession with red flags and banners approaching, close-ups of men women with babies and children marching on road shouting slogans, Police cordon, the crowd against Police cordon, leader speaking, squatters shouting, more shots of marchers coming.

    jute growers at work in the field, jute field and jute plant, jute growers and jute mill workers protest march through city street, police cordon, squaring on road etc.


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    Background: West Bengal earns a major part of country's foreign exchange through Jute. Near about three million jute growers in West Bengal who have been engaged in jute farming on their lands for many years are now wondering whether it will be worth while to continue with jute corp when paddy requires lose investment and brings in higher return. The high paddy prices this year and the fast growing of the high yielding paddy cultivation in West Bengal may cause a significant decline in the jute acreage in the state. Present Jute buying price is between Rupees Thirty five and Rupees Pety per forty kilograms where as the jute growers want the price of Rupees Seventy five to Eighty per forty kilogram.

    Recently the West Bengal Congress Party, the ruling party, held a convention of the Jute growers in Nadia District where the majority of the party members, including many ministers and the Chief Minister as well were in the opening of enhancing the jute price from Rupees Thirty fie to Rupees Seventy Five and also to provide Government subsidy to jute growers of West Bengal like that given to the cotton cultivates of Maharashtra (Bombay) state. Since the Union Government is ??? in favour of immediate implementation of the increased price and the incentives, the West Bengal Government is some what shy to do any thing right now. Taking advantage of this situation synchronising with high price rise, feed shortage, unemployment and many other problems the Marxist Communists have launched agitation with the jute growers and Jute mill workers. The marxist led Provincial Farmers council have given ultimatum to the Government that unless the price is increased the jute growers will stop growing jute and start cultivating paddy instead and the jute workers will start an indefinite stria in the jute mill unless 20% bonus is given to them. Today more than 6000 jute growers, men women and children and jute mill workers marched through the city streets shouting slogans "Increase jute price...give 20% bonus.. nationalised jute industries etc. The jute growers and jute mill workers went do deputation to the state Governor but they were stopped on way by the police when they squatted on road.

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