People’s Party of Punjab chief Manpreet Singh Badal on Sunday took the Badal government to task for its failure to make proper arrangements for the supply of urea as the crops were at a crucial stage and any further scarcity would hit the farmers hard.
He said it was strange that the state government had been and continued to make tall claims about the adequate availability of urea in the state but the ground reality continued to be different with the farmers facing hardships in getting the same not just at any one place but all over the state.
He said despite the reports about the problems being faced by the farmers that appear everyday, the state government had failed to take adequate steps. He said now reports were pouring in that the farmers owing allegiance to the Akali Dal were getting preference in the supply of urea. He said the government was not for a particular section or a party but for the entire state and as such, such a situation was highly condemnable.
He recalled it was not for the first time that the state government had failed to make adequate arrangement for the timely supply of urea. This situation flew in the face of chief minister Parkash Singh Badal who had always projected himself to be the champion of the farmers.
Manpreet said time was fast running out and the shortage of urea even for a few more days would damage the crops and the farmers would suffer.
He called upon the CM to make personal intervention to rectify the distortions in the supply line in case there was no shortage at other levels. In case the supply to the state was inadequate, immediate arrangements must be made to make urea available in accordance with the demand, he added.