The Haryana Government on Friday decided to set up a Farmers’ Commission within three months to safeguard the interests of the farming community and also decided to enhance the financial incentive admissible under Indira Gandhi Priyadarshini Vivah Shagun Yojana from Rs.15,000 to Rs.31,000 with effect from November 19, which coincides with the birth anniversary of the late Prime Minister Indira Gandhi.

Talking to media persons after presiding over the first meeting of his newly-constituted Cabinet, the Chief Minister said the Congress had assured in its election manifesto that a Farmers’ Commission would be constituted.

He said the Commission would review the status of agriculture, assess the lot of different categories of farmers in various regions, identify factors responsible for imbalances and disparities and suggest measures for achieving sustainable and equitable agricultural development.It would recommend appropriate policies and programmes for enhancing the productivity and output of agriculture and allied sectors.

It would also evaluate generation and dissemination of agricultural technology and input delivery mechanism and suggest a farm-friendly framework for extension of frontier technologies such as agri-biotechnology and climate forecast applications using remote sensing technology, information technology and communication technology.