Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal on Wednesday asked chief secretary Rakesh Singh to work out a viable proposal to introduce a pension scheme for farmers across the state to instill a sense of security among them and enable them to lead a quality life with dignity in their twilight years.
Presiding over a meeting of the high powered delegation of Bharti Kisan Union (BKU) led by its president Balbir Singh Rajewal here on Wednesday, Badal said that the scheme could be on the lines of the national pension scheme in which a fixed amount could be paid by the farmers and an equal amount contributed by the state government for paying the monthly pension to them at some fixed retirement age of 60 or 65 years, to be mutually agreed upon.
Responding to another demand of the union regarding the timely settlement of partition of joint properties, Badal informed them that he had already directed the financial commissioner revenue to further instruct all deputy commissioners in the state to ensure amicable settlement of such cases at the earliest.
Badal put forth a target that at least 50% of joint land holdings be partitioned within one year and also asked the revenue department to ensure that routine cases of mutation henceforth, except contested ones, be disposed of within 15 days from the date of registration of sale deed.
The chief minister asked both the chief engineers of drainage and canals to ensure the cleaning of canals, distributaries, drains within a stipulated timeframe. He also directed Punjab Pollution Control Board (PPCB) to take effective remedial measures to check the unhealthy practice of disposal of industrial effluents and untreated chemicals and waste into canals and drains, especially in Ludhiana and Nawanshahr areas.
He also asked principal secretary environment, science and technology to constitute joint teams comprising representatives of BKU and officials of PPCB to conduct raids on industrial units grossly violating pollution norms.