Punjab Congress president Capt Amarinder Singh on Monday constituted a high-level committee of senior leaders to monitor the wheat procurement.
The decision was taken at a meeting that had Amarinder, Punjab affairs incharge Shakeel Ahmad and co-incharge Harish Chaudhry. Campaign committee incharge Ambika Soni will also visit the mandis. PPCC senior vice-president Lal Singh is coordinator of the committee.
The committee will hold its first meeting in Chandigarh on April 20 to chalk out the course of action and in the next three weeks will monitor procurement in the state.
The purpose of monitoring the procurement process is to ensure that the farmers did not face any difficulty in selling off their produce and got the payment on time, said Amarinder, who is leaving on a three-week tour to the US and Canada. He said that given the track record of the last nine years of Akalis, it was necessary for the Congress to stand by the farmers.
Change of heart?
Amarinder on Sunday had deputed former CLP leader Sunil Jakhar to monitor wheat procurement and asked him to look into Rs 12,000 crore wheat scam.
“I am confident he (Jakhar) will ensure that the Akalis are exposed for the cheating and fraud they have committed with people of Punjab and the case is taken to its logical conclusion,” Amarinder had said. But the committee constituted on Monday has no mention of Jakhar.