Farmers to get more subsidy: Dhindsa
Notwithstanding the financial crisis staring Punjab in its face, state finance minister Parminder Singh Dhindsa today announced a plan to give even more subsidy to the agriculture sector.punjab Updated: Apr 11, 2012 22:07 IST
Notwithstanding the financial crisis staring Punjab in its face, state finance minister Parminder Singh Dhindsa on Wednesday announced a plan to give even more subsidy to the agriculture sector.
On how the government would arrange the funds for the plans, he said, "We are making efforts to get more financial resources."
Dhindsa was speaking at a farmer training camp organised here by the agriculture department, during his tour to his assembly segment Sunam.
"Even when there is a shortage of funds in the state's coffers, the government did not stop subsidies on power and seeds given to farmers," he added.
On damage to wheat crop due to Tuesday's heavy rain, Dhindsa said that compensation would be given to affected farmers. He also ordered deputy commissioner Kumar Rahul to carry out a girdwari (survey) in the region and to submit the report on the damage.
Dhindsa also took note of shortage of space to store wheat, "The state government has written to the Centre to make proper arrangements by lifting the earlier stored stock of paddy and wheat."
"But despite several communiqués to construct new godowns and to lift old stock, the central government has failed to make any arrangements," he complained.
Speaking at the workshop, chief agriculture officer Bakshish Singh advised farmers not sow paddy before June 10 and to purchase manures on rates fixed by the department. He claimed that all types of seeds were available with the department.