NEW DELHI

Badal wants package for farmers

‘Union Government should come forward to encourage Punjab farmers’

Ludhiana: Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on Thursday demanded a special package for the farmers of the State who baled out the whole country from the biggest food problem by contributing a record crop of wheat in the Central pool during the ongoing procurement season.

Interacting with the media men, after paying tributes to Late Harchand Singh, former- Chairman Market Committee and Member Executive Committee of Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) at village Alipur 55 km from here, the Chief Minister said that the Centre should not be adamant to continue its anti farmers and “anti- Punjab policies”, rather should be liberal to grant substantial bonus on wheat.

He said that now when the food problem of the country had been minimised, the Union Government should come forward to encourage the Punjab farmers.

He said that the State of Punjab this time once again proved that it was the food basket of the country and suggested that at least the amount to be spent on importing the wheat from other countries should be released as compensation to the farmers of State.

CM’s directive

Chandigarh: Mr. Badal has directed all the administrative secretaries to personally initiate immediate steps for getting requisite funds released from Centre for the Centrally- sponsored schemes for the current financial year on the top priority.

Taking cognisance of the media reports in a section of press that some departments of the State Government could not take optimum advantage of the schemes during last financial year 2007-08, the Chief Minister had asked the administrative secretaries to send comprehensive proposals to the Centre within a fortnight for the current financial year for the release of funds and pursue vigoursly with the respective departments of GOI for an early release of Central funds.

Mr. Badal asked his Principal Secretary D. S. Guru to monitor the entire case and to follow up with the concerned administrative secretaries to ensure that the requisite proposals were sent in time.

Meanwhile, the State Finance Department had assured the Chief Minister that there would be no hurdle in the release of its share towards the implementation of Centrally- sponsored schemes. PTI

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