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Will enact law banning auction of farmers’ land: Capt

In the last leg of his youth interaction programme “Coffee with Captain” in Patiala on Friday, Punjab Congress chief Captain Amarinder Singh said if voted to power, his government would enact a law in the Vidhan Sabha to stop auctioning of farmers’ land by financial institutions.

punjab Updated: Apr 18, 2016 10:59 IST
Vivek Gupta
People taking a selfie with Punjab Congress chief Captain Amarinder Singh at Yadavindra Public School in Patiala on Friday.
People taking a selfie with Punjab Congress chief Captain Amarinder Singh at Yadavindra Public School in Patiala on Friday.(Bharat Bhushan/HT Photo)

In the last leg of his youth interaction programme “Coffee with Captain” in Patiala on Friday, Punjab Congress chief Captain Amarinder Singh said if voted to power, his government would enact a law in the Vidhan Sabha to stop auctioning of farmers’ land by financial institutions.

Amarinder said he recently met families of farmers in the Malwa belt who committed suicide after receiving bank notices that their land would be auctioned if they failed to pay loan instalments.

“It is a serious issue as several farm suicides have taken place due to pressure from banks and other financial institutions. We will stop this legally and will not allow any agency to auction farmers’ land. We will also create a mechanism in coordination with banks to resolve debt crisis,” he told a youth at Yadavindra Public School, who posed him several questions on his plans to resolve the farm crisis, besides his vision for state’s economic overhaul.

Responding to a query, Amarinder assured the youth of forming start-up policies with government funds for those who want to start their small enterprise in the state. They will be given subsidies for initial sustainability, he said, adding that his focus will be to bring back the industry here, especially information technology which, he said, had shifted base due to wrong policies of the present government

‘Will solve drug menace in a month’

Amarinder got a round of applause when he said that there were no prizes for guessing who all were behind spreading the killer synthetic drugs in the state.

On being asked how he will tackle the problem in a month, which he assured after taking over as the Congress chief PPCC in Bhatinda, he said: “I will solve the drug menace even before a month as it is possible with right enforcement. Policemen know who is involved in the illegal trade but they can’t take action under political pressure. We will support them from day one.”

‘AAP drama will not last long’

Taking on the Aam Aadami Party (AAP), Amarinder flayed Delhi chief minister and AAP’s national convener Arvind Kejriwal for wasting Delhi tax payers’ money on media advertisements in Punjab despite having no achievements to show. “If he becomes the chief minister here, he will do nothing but waste the taxpayers’ money in other states as he is doing with the Delhi people,” he added.

On being asked whether he would remain accessible if elected the chief minister, Amarinder said: “I will be among all of you not only through such meetings but also through the social media.”

With several questions revolving around state’s poor health and school education, he assured the crowd that he would ensure opening of more super-specialty hospitals and quality education in government schools. He also announced that he would stop the practice of hiring school and college teachers on contract.

The Congress chief also demanded an inquiry into the Rs 12000-crore food scandal. He said due to this, the Centre refused to release Rs 25,000 crore grant to the state to lift wheat in the ongoing procurement process. This was the reason why commission agents are protesting against the government for delay in payment.