The Punjab government on Friday constituted a nine-member group of experts (GoE) headed by the chairman of the Punjab State Farmers Commission, GS Kalkat to consider and suggest measures required to be taken for amelioration of economic distress of farmers across the state.
Revealing this, a spokesperson said Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal gave his nod to constitute a high-powered panel of agri-experts besides approving the terms of references, which included suggesting measures required to be taken to ameliorate economic distress and improve financial condition of the state farmers. The group will also formulate action plan and suggest ways and means to implement the measures to improve the economic conditions of the beleaguered peasantry.
The GoE could co-opt any other member as may be required to achieve these objectives. The other members of the GoE comprised former union agriculture minister Sompal Shastri, former principal plant breeder and head of division of plant breeding genetics and biochemistry, International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) GS Khush, former deputy director general, Indian Council of Agriculture Research (ICAR), New Delhi; KL Chadha, director, council of social development and former chairman commission for agriculture costs and prices T Haque.
Other experts, who are part of GoE, include vice-chancellor of Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana, BS Dhillon, vice-chancellor of Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (GADVASU), Ludhiana, VK Taneja, dean, college of basic sciences and humanities, PAU, RS Sidhu and commissioner, agriculture, Punjab, Balwinder Singh Sidhu would be the convener of the GoE.