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SAD: Pay farmers for high input cost

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Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 9

The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) today asked the Congress government to compensate farmers to the tune of Rs 3,000 per acre for the extra cost that will be incurred by them in transplanting paddy. The party also urged the government take the responsibility of power, water and sewerage bills pertaining to the lockdown period and pay the same out of the Disaster Management Fund.

A resolution to this effect was passed at a meeting of the core committee, which met today under the chairmanship of party president Sukhbir Singh Badal.

The core committee took into account the crisis faced by the farm sector due to the unavailability of labour. It said in case the government did not step in and give compensation of Rs 3,000 per acre to paddy growers, the agrarian crisis would deepen further.

It said neither the common man nor the industry was in a position to pay power and water bills and the government should pay the dues of three months as a onetime measure.

The meeting passed resolutions asking the Congress government to give a complete account of Rs 5,600 crore revenue loss incurred by the excise department and fix responsibility for the same.

The committee also decided to bring these issues to the notice of Governor VP Singh Badnore on June 11 and demand an inquiry into the liquor, seed and ration scams. It said the government was trying to bury Rs 5,600 liquor scam as well as the Rs 4,000 crore seed scam.

It also noted that sugarcane dues of Rs 680 crore were due to 70,000 farmers and cooperative and private mills had not paid farmers for their produce.

from The Tribune

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