Punjab revenue and public relations minister Bikram Singh Majithia on Thursday accused the Congress-led UPA government of deliberately allotting Punjab's quota of gunny bags to Madya Pradesh.
In a statement issued in Amritsar, Majithia said that due to the step-motherly treatment of the central government, the farmers of Punjab were facing shortage of gunny bags in grain markets.
The minister said that it was a common phenomenon that the Congress-led central governments had always ignored the interests of Punjab farmers, who were contributing more than 40% rice and 55% wheat to the central pool, but now it was shameful that despite leading the country on food security front the state farmers were facing acute shortage of gunny bags.
He said that despite facing all odds, like harsh weather and high cost of agricultural inputs, the hard-working farmers of Punjab produced more than 170 lakh metric tonnes of wheat, of which Punjab was all set to contribute more than 1.20 lakh MT to the central pool. The Union government was still adopting an adamant stance to announce a minimum bonus of Rs 500 on wheat, the minister added.
The Punjab government had deposited Rs 275 crore with the Jute Commissioner for required number of gunny bags before the commencement of wheat procurement, Majithia said and added that despite this fact the UPA government had deliberately allotted the state's gunny bag quota to Madhya Pradesh.