The Punjab government was not serious about resolving the farmers' issues, senior Congress leader Rajinder Kaur Bhattal said here on Saturday.
Arguing that the state's agrarian economy depended on the facilities offered to farmers, she said the Punjab government was instead robbing the cultivators of their rights. "The Punjab government has turned a step-mother to farmers. Its last Kisan Mela at Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) in Ludhiana was a big failure," she added.
The fair slogan "Khalas sudre beej apnao, kharche ghatao, munafa vadhao (Adopt genuine seeds, reduce input cost, boost profit)" was misleading, said the Congress leader, adding: "The seeds are from neighbouring Haryana, and on the market, these are available for a cheaper price."
In Punjab, in the absence of an MSP (minimum support price) policy, farmers were unable to get best returns for their effort, said Bhattal, mentioning that their total loss in the year 2012-13 had been `61.54 crore, whereas it was Rs 39.35 crore in the year 2013-14, so far. She also referred to the reducing of the tolerable level of moisture content in paddy (to 13% from 14%) as a step that could push farmers into heavy losses.