No farmer will be left to suffer: Punjab minister
Punjab food and civil supplies minister Bharat Bhushan Ashu on Thursday assured farmers that they would not be left to suffer due to vagaries of nature.
In the wake of untimely rains in several parts of the northern region, the minister said the state government stood firmly by the side of the farmers.
“The government is committed to lift the last grain in the market and all the stakeholders involved, be it the farmers or the labourers, may rest assured that the government will not leave them in lurch,” Ashu said.
He said the Mandi Board has been directed to take concrete steps to upgrade the arrangements in mandis and ensure safety of food grains from the rain.
The managing directors of procurement agencies have been asked to personally visit the markets in rain affected districts and hold detailed meetings with the administration and other stakeholders to resolve issues, if any, he said.
Till May 2, 118 lakh metric tonne of wheat has been procured as against 112 lakh metric tonne last year on the same date. Besides, 83 lakh metric tonne of wheat grains have already been lifted as well, the minister said.