COOPERATIVE INSTITUTIONS TO BE ROCK SOLID FOUNDATIONS FOR RESURGENCE OF AGRARIAN ECONOMY OF PUNJAB
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The Co-operation Minister, Punjab, S. Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa said that the Cooperation Department would play a leading role in the strengthening of the farming sector of Punjab and all the cooperative institutions with the inclusion of the cooperative societies would be developed as the rock solid foundations for the agricultural prosperity of the state. The minister was addressing a huge gathering of farmers here on the eve of a function to distribute debt relief certificates to the farmers hailing from Gidderbaha and Malout constituencies.
Setting a new trend on the occasion, S. Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa and MLA from Gidderbaha Mr. Amarinder Singh Raja Warring gave a chance to the farmers to express their views in a free and frank manner. The farmers presented their views and aired their issues in a constructive manner and the minister highlighted before them the steps being promulgated by the state government for resolving their problems. This session continued for half an hour.
The minister in his address revealed that a total of 10 lakh farmers across Punjab would be given debt relief to the tune of Rs. 9500 crore and after the completion of the 1stphase the second one would be commencing soon. The minister further said that the previous regime only indulged in promising moon to the people whereas the present government actually acted in the interest of the farmers by implementing debt relief scheme and lifting the previous 3 crops without any hitch.
S. Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa exhorted the farmers to face the vicissitudes of life in a bold manner and assured them that the Punjab Government would always stand by them in their hour of need. He also announced on the occasion to re-start the closed cooperative societies and said that 3500 cooperative societies would prove to be the cornerstones for the progress of the rural belt of the state.
Replying to a comment by the ex Chief Minister on the issue of farm debt, S. Randhawa challenged Mr. Parkash Singh Badal to take up the issue of farm debt before the Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi, if he really cares for the farmers of Punjab.