The Congress party severely criticizes the Punjab govt. for its miserable failure to procure the paddy crop in the state
Sukhpal Singh Khaira
Oct. 24, 2010
Presently all three tiers, the farmers, commission agents and rice millers involved in producing paddy and lifting of paddy are in utter distress. Reports of protests and Dharna’s are pouring in from all over the state. The farmers are being forced to sell their hard earned paddy crop in distress sale well below the MSP being offered by the govt.
In fact only the FCI the centre sponsored agency is going ahead with purchase as well as lifting of paddy, while the state agencies such as Markfed, Pungrain, Punsup etc have ditched the farmers in their hour of crises.
The state govt. although well informed of the impending storage crises in the state did nothing to resolve the issue with commission agents and rice millers. The junior Badal has infact spent the last full month conspiring against his rebellious cousin Manpreet Badal leaving the farmers in a lurch.
Mandi’s of state are full with paddy stock giving sleepless nights to the farmers in the state. It is saddening to note that the Akali Dal which claims itself to be the sole representative of the farmers has stabbed them in the back and has failed to come to their rescue.
As we are aware the agrarian economy of the state is already in shambles with a staggering debt of over Rs. 35,000 crores on the farmers forcing them to commit suicides in large numbers but the so called farmer friendly Akali govt. has nothing to offer.
The Congress party castigates the failure of the SAD-BJP govt. to make appropriate arrangements for procurement of paddy despite being warned early.
I on my part as President District Congress Committee Kapurthala give an ultimatum of 3 days to the govt. to immediately lift the paddy crop in the state or else the Congress party will stage a ‘Dharna’ to protest the gross failure of the govt. in Kapurthala district shortly.