Punjab Leader of Opposition Sunil Jakhar has demanded that dues of Rs 150 crore, not released by the state government since 2009 to farmers, be released.
In a press statement, Jakhar said that to compensate farmers of drought-affected areas, former prime minister Manmohan Singh had released the grant of Rs 800 crore in 2009 and the state government had deposited the money into its account. After the protest by farmers, the state government had issued only Rs 300 crore to calm down the farmers, whereas the amount of Rs 150 crore is still pending and the state government must release this grant to the farmers.
He said that even on the issue of relaxation of moisture content, the state government had failed to protect the rights of farmers. “During a similar condition in 2013, then PM Manmohan Singh had directed the authorities to procure the grain without cutting on the minimum support price, but under the present BJP-led government at the Centre, procurement agencies have not been paying the complete MSP by blaming moisture content in wheat and the state government has not objected to this order of the central government,” he added.