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Amarinder Singh woos farmers in Punjab, says paddy sowing to start in advance

The rally was held in support of Congress’ Anandpur Sahib candidate Manish Tewari, with SBS Nagar being part of the Lok Sabha constituency.

chandigarh Updated: May 07, 2019 07:33 IST
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Amarinder said the state government will bear the electricity bills of around ₹400 crore due to early sowing of paddy.
Amarinder said the state government will bear the electricity bills of around ₹400 crore due to early sowing of paddy.(HT Photo)
         

Chief minister Capt Amarinder Singh on Monday said the state government will allow the farmers in Punjab to sow paddy a week before the scheduled date of June 20, as part of a string of sops he announced to woo the farming community.

Addressing a rally at Khatkar Kalan, the native village of martyr Bhagat Singh, in Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar district, the CM also announced that the Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) will pay compensation to those farmers whose crop was damaged due to sparking in the main electrical lines during the recent rainfall.

The rally was held in support of Congress’ Anandpur Sahib candidate Manish Tewari, with SBS Nagar being part of the Lok Sabha constituency.

Pointing out that a special crop loss assessment report was already being prepared to assess crop damage due to rain, Amarinder said losses due to fire caused by any other reason will be compensated from the CM’s relief fund. “We will compensate each and every farmer,” he said.

He claimed that his government would not allow any value cut on the minimum support price (MSP) by the Centre and said he has already written to the Prime Minister on the issue and would pursue it personally.

Amarinder said the state government will bear the electricity bills of around ₹400 crore due to early sowing of paddy.

‘CENTRE DIVERTED 4 LAKH GUNNY BAGS TO HRY AT BEHEST OF SAD’ “We have been making arrangement for smooth procurement process for the last three months but the BJP government at the Centre diverted 4 lakh gunny bags to Haryana, where their own party is in power, at the behest of Akali Dal which wants to encash farmers’ anger for votes.

Referring to the 2015 police firing, he said people have been asking why former CM Parkash Singh Badal and his son Sukhbir Badal have not been arrested so far. “The fate of Badal and Sukhon

bir will be decided by the court as special investigation team (SIT) will submit its report,” he said.

“The state will build a memorial for the Sikh revolutionaries sent to the gallows or imprisoned in the Cellular Jail in Andaman and Nicobar,” he added.

Addressing the gathering, Tewari said, “We developed the ‘kandi’ area as an industrial zone and will spend more than ₹50,000 crore if the Congress came to power at the Centre.”

‘HARSIMRAT DID NOTHING FOR PUNJAB, ONLY CREATED PROBLEMS’ Addressing a rally at Jandiala Guru in Amritsar district, the CM Monday slammed Union minister and Akali Dal’s Bathinda nominee Harsimrat Kaur Badal, saying she had done nothing for Punjab and instead created problems for the state being part of the central government.

Earlier at the Khatkar Kalan rally, he accused her of “running away from the questions of people”.

The rally at Jandiala Guru was organised in support of Congress candidates from Amritsar and Khadoor Sahib Gurjit Singh Aujla and Jasbir Singh Dimpa.

In response to a complaint about Schedule L drugs being sold at medical stores, he promised strict action.

“Our government has already announced 1,32,620 plots for homeless families. As far pathetic water situation in the state is concerned, crop diversification is the only solution,” the chief ministers said.

First Published: May 07, 2019 07:33 IST