Set up high-level panel on agri reforms: Badal to Modi

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Oct 12, 2015 00:00 IST
Badal said a panel for farmers’ cause would be a real tribute to Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Narayan. (HT Photo)

Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal on Sunday urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to constitute a high-level committee comprising agriculture experts, prominent farmer leaders and economists to suggest ways to make agriculture a profitable venture.

“Today, the farmers, who ensure nation’s food security, are facing great economic crisis,” the Punjab chief minister said while addressing a gathering at the national-level function in Delhi to mark the 113th birth anniversary of Jai Prakash Narayan.

Badal said a panel for farmers’ cause would be a real tribute to Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Narayan. The dream of Jaya Prakash could never be fulfilled if the farmers of the country continue to reel under prevailing agrarian crisis, he added.

He urged the Prime Minister that the committee should be asked to submit its recommendations within three months

Paying homage to Jai Prakash Narayan, he recalled the stellar role played by the icon in the freedom struggle. Badal said the life and philosophy of the ‘Lok Nayak’ was a lighthouse for the entire countrymen. “I always considered Lok Nayak Jai Parkash Narayan and former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee as my role models in public life” he added.

Badal said JP gave a call of “total revolution” which motivated the entire country. He said the call of total revolution received huge response from the Shiromani Akali Dal and the biggest rally organised during this struggle was at Ludhiana, which was attended by JP.

Badal said the JP movement became the biggest threat to Indira Gandhi after which she imposed Emergency to suppress the democratic movement.

“But now the country has ushered in a big change by electing a government under the leadership of Narendra Modi, which is working tirelessly to fulfil the dreams of national heroes such as JP,” Badal said.

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