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Sukhbir criticises Centre for proposed fertiliser subsidy cut

chandigarh Updated: Feb 11, 2013 14:36 IST

SAD president and Punjab deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal on Monday criticised the centre for the proposed 15 per cent cut in fertiliser subsidy from next financial year.

Describing the step as "anti-farmer", he said instead of slashing the subsidy, the centre should link the minimum support price of crops with price index, as had been recommended by the Dr Swaminathan Commission.

Addressing election gathering in favour of party candidate Joginderpal Jain at various villages, he also criticised the centre for decontrolling diesel prices.

"These steps will sound the death knell for the already dwindling agriculture sector," he said.

He demanded Rs 2,200 per quintal as wheat MSP in view of the rising cost of agriculture inputs.

"If immediate steps are not taken, farmers will be pushed deeper in the debt trap, which can create socio-economic problem," Sukhbir warned.

He claimed that the centre was favouring multi-national companies which had been raising prices at their will.

The UPA government's ill-conceived policies had reduced the country's economic growth to 5 per cent whereas inflation had already crossed the double digit figure, he said.

Sukhbir questioned the silence of Punjab Congress on all these issues and also said such silence was indicative of the fact that they were a loof from the sufferings of people.

Meanwhile, Punjab Youth Congress president Vikramjit Singh Chaudhary flayed the ruling SAD-BJP alliance for seeking votes on "false propaganda" of development and asked Sukhbir to publish statistics of development projects and those funded by the UPA government and undertaken by the alliance government.