FREE POWER WILL CONTINUE, NO QUESTION OF BILLING FARMERS, SAYS CAPT AMARINDER, FLAYING AKALIS FOR MISLEADING PEOPLE
ASSURES TOTAL IMPLEMENTATION OF FARM DEBT WAIVER, AS GOVT WAIVES OFF RS. 162.16 CR OF 29,192 FARMERS IN 2ND PHASE
The Voice of Chandigarh News | Photos By T S Bedi
Lashing out at the Akalis for trying to mislead the citizens of the state, Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh promised total implementation of his party’s election promise on farm debt waiver while categorically ruling out any move to withdraw free power for agriculture.
Captain Amarinder Singh was addressing the farming community at a programme to issue debt waiver certificates amounting to Rs. 162.16 crore to 29,192 farmers at the Dana Mandi , in the second stage of waiver of loans for the state’s 10.25 lakh small and marginal farmers. Eligible farmers from the five districts of Jalandhar, Kapurthala, Ludhiana, Fazilka and Ferozepur got their loan waiver certificates.
Describing the distribution of the certificate as part of the fulfilment of the election promise made to the farmers by the Congress, Captain Amarinder Singh assured the farmers that the slight delay in the matter was the result not of funds paucity but the fact that the procedure for identification and verification of the eligible farmers, along with their loan amount, was taking some time. However, he made it clear that he was totally committed to implementing the promise of debt waiver, which he had made ahead of the Assembly elections after hearing of farmer suicides in every place he visited.
The number of suicides had come down since the Congress took over, said the Chief Minister, adding there had been marked improvement in the situation, of which his government will give details in the forthcoming budget session of the Vidhan Sabha.
Assailing the Akalis for spreading brazen lies and indulging in blatantly false propaganda against his government on the issue of tubewell meters, the Chief Minister ruled out any proposal to withdraw free power for farmers. His government had only provided meters to 900 of the 13.5 lakh tubewells in the state as part of a research project aimed at saving ground water while ensuring that the farmers also get an incentive in the form of cash savings for their personal use. He further explained this by pointing out that if a farmer is given Rs 10,000 against his tubewell power consumption and ends up spending Rs 7000 then not only will the remaining Rs 3000 go into his pocket but he will also contribute to saving the declining ground water level in the state.