Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal on Friday approved the modalities to establish farmers’ advisory body, Punjab Kisan Vikas Chamber (PKVC), on the pattern of industrial organisations so that farmers can have a say in the policies and programmes related to agricultural and allied activities.
Presiding over a meeting with progressive farmers associated with horticulture, floriculture, vegetables and fruits, mushroom and allied activities of dairy, fishery, poultry, piggery and beekeeping, Badal said this would be a non-political forum exclusively dedicated to the cause of farmers.
He also announced to nominate Punjab State Farmers Commission chair man GS Kalkat as the patron of the PKVC. Badal also gave nod for registering the society that would run from Mandi Bhawan, Punjab Mandi Board, SAS Nagar, till the chamber’s building was constructed.
Badal said the entire construction cost of the chamber’s complex would be borne by the state government and adequate land would be provided by Greater Mohali Area Development Authority. The state government would initially give funds to run the chamber till it became fully self-sustainable.
The CM said it was high time such an organisation was set up to provide an interactive platform to farmers. Badal said the chamber would engage the services of renowned experts for seeking their advice on matters related to agriculture. This would help the chamber contest their claims vigorously with the central and state governments in a meaningful and result-oriented manner.
Kalkat said the funds by way of admission fee of members and their annual subscriptions would be raised and the chamber would be at liberty to accept funds by way of grants, loans, donations, gifts, advances and any other mode from the government, institutes, firms, companies, and people both from India and abroad.