Punjab minister of welfare of scheduled castes and backward classes Sadhu Singh Dharamsot has said legally upper caste people were found using dummy candidates to get common reserved land in villages.
Stating that the state government will ensure this reserved land to Dalit community on lesser price, Dharamsot said, “Dalits want reserved land on lesser price. But when a farmer uses a Dalit candidate to get this land, the rent price goes up during the auction.”
“The Dalits should fight for their rights and attain this land at every cost. I will raise this matter with chief minister Capt Amarinder Singh and will ensure that Dalits can obtain reserved land at minimum cost,” said Dharamsot, while talking to mediapersons at the Forest Rest House on Wednesday.
Dharamsot, who also holds the forest portfolio, said the state government had a target to plant 1.50 crore trees in the forest area and 40 lakh trees at educational institutes, panchayat land and religious institutes.
“Trees have been cut down in huge numbers in the state for the construction of four- and six-lane roads. But now we have decided to plant more trees,” he added.
Commenting on the recent appointment of Bhagwant Mann as Aam Aadmi Party’s Punjab President, he said, “AAP has lost its credibility due to its many factions and cannot revive.”