IEP Chandigarh, December 7
Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann led government has so far released Rs.31.70 crore to the families of 634 farmers, who were martyred during farmers’ struggle besides giving government jobs to the 326 family members of the deceased farmers in various departments. Of which, verification of 98 candidates has been completed while the verification of 210 candidates is under process.
It was disclosed by Punjab Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Minister Kuldeep Singh Dhaliwal during meeting with the farmers delegation led by Satnam Singh Pannu, State President and Sarwan Singh Pandher, State General Secretary of Kisan Mazdoor Sangharsh Committee, here at Punjab Bhavan.
Agreeing with the demand of farmers, Dhaliwal said that Punjab government will write a letter to the union government for early implementation of the demands accepted during the farmers’ struggle.
On the issue of the land acquired for the highway being constructed under Bharat Mala Yojana, Mr Dhaliwal asked the officials concerned that rates should be determined under uniform policy, and resolve the farmers cases and appeals before the divisional commissions related to the land being taken for the highway within the stipulated time frame.
Mr. Dhaliwal also shared the progress report with the farmers against their demands regarding sugarcane prices, red entries, withdrawal of cases against farmers, dues of co-operative and private mills, compensation for crop damaged due to floods and other natural calamities. He informed the farmers that the Punjab agricultural policy will be prepared soon and most of the issues will be resolved with the implementation of the new policy. Agriculture Minister urged the members of the Kisan Mazdoor Sangharsh Committee to withdraw their struggle, saying that the Mann government stands shoulder to shoulder with the farmers and is constantly striving to tesolve the problems of farmers.
ADGP Law & Order Arpit Shukla, Principal Secretary Agriculture D.K. Tiwari, Principal Secretary Animal Husbandry Vikas Pratap, Secretary Agriculture Arshdeep Singh Thind, Deputy Commissioner Tarn Taran Rishipal, Commissioner Police Amritsar Jaskaran Singh and Director Agriculture Gurwinder Singh and other senior officials of various departments were also present there.