Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal on Saturday exhorted the agitating farmers and labour unions to call off their stir in larger public interest, claiming that the Shiromani Akali Dal-Bharatiya Janata Party (SAD-BJP) government would remain committed for the welfare of the farming community.
In a statement issued here, Badal said that SAD had always been a votary of farmers and their rights and the government had always taken appropriate steps to safeguard their interests.
He said farmers have been in distress is due to an anti-farmer stance of the previous Congress governments at the Centre and the SAD-BJP alliance had taken a slew of initiatives to bail out the community.
Badal claimed that right from subsidies to timely disbursing of compensation, the state government has always extended a helping hand to farmers when required.
The chief minister said he was fully conscious that agriculture was no longer a profitable venture and hence the state government had introduced some agriculture diversification programmes due to which farmers were getting handsome remunerations through allied farming activities such as dairy, fishery and piggery etc.
Maintaining that the state government was ready to accept the genuine demands of farmers, the CM appealed to farmers to lift the rail blockade which was causing huge harassment to the general public besides causing a huge economic loss to the country.
He said the state government had already taken several steps for safeguarding the interests of farmers and it would leave no stone unturned to bail the distressed farmers out of severe crisis.
“Being a farmer myself I am well versed with your problems and hence I urge you to shun the path of agitation and initiate a process of dialogue for amicable solution of this grave problem,” Badal said.