Amritsar MP Capt Amarinder Singh on Monday warned the SAD-BJP government against unwarranted delay in the payment to sugarcane farmers across Punjab by the state-owned sugar mills.
He said the state-owned sugar mills owed nearly Rs 250 crore to the sugarcane growers for a long time now. He pointed out that farmers were being forced to go for protest.
Asking the government to set a deadline for releasing the payment to the sugarcane growers of the state in a statement, Amarinder warned that if it was not done, the Congress would launch a state-wide agitation.
The government was asking the farmers to go in for diversification and grow alternate crops like sugarcane, but when it came to paying them for their produce, the government failed to pay on time, he said.
The former chief minister said there were thousands of sugarcane growers in the state, who had been waiting for the payment from the government.
He expressed surprise that how a government claiming itself to be the guardian of the farmers could let them down.
He hoped that the government would make the payment to the farmers in a time-bound manner so that they were not forced to come on roads, failing which the Congress would launch protest dharnas across the state.