Chief minister Parkash Singh Badal on Friday said his government is committed to the cause of farmers and would lift every single grain of paddy in a smooth and hassle-free manner.
Addressing the gathering at a party conference on Gurta Gaddi Diwas of Guru Angad Dev here, Badal said only the SAD is worried about the interests of the farmers and every effort had been made to safeguard them.
The chief minister said it was on record that whenever the farmers had faced any problem, the SAD-BJP government had come to their rescue. He pointed out that during the last eight years the state government had provided free power to farmers at a cost of Rs 28,000 crore to the state exchequer.
He said the state government took every step to resolve the impending sugarcane crisis by ensuring payment of arrears to farmers from private and cooperative sugar mills.
He said even now the state government had issued funds amounting to Rs 644 crore to compensate the farmers who had suffered huge losses due to pest attack on cotton crop in the Malwa region.
The chief minister said anyone found guilty of supplying spurious pesticides to the cotton cultivators would not be spared. He said he had already asked the special secretary, agriculture, to submit a detailed report for fixing responsibility on officials and dealers involved in the sale of spurious pesticides.
The chief minister said though one year was less to evaluate the performance of any government, Punjab had immensely benefited from the NDA rule at the Centre. He said that within a year, the state had got key projects like AIIMS, IIM and Post Graduate Institute of Horticulture Research besides the Hriday status for the city of Amritsar, which would ensure a massive inflow of funds for its development.
On the Aam Aadmi Party, he said the infighting in the party had exposed its real face. He said the party had no concrete programme or ideology and was misleading people with hollow slogans.
The chief minister said he would hold a series of meetings with MLAs of every assembly segment from Saturday to finalise the roadmap for holistic development of the state. He said a major scheme to ensure comprehensive development of rural and urban areas was on the cards.