The Chief Minister accepted the demands of the agitating farmers. In the meeting that lasted for three hours, most of the demands were agreed upon. Paddy will be sown in Punjab on 14th and 17th June. CM Mann will present BBMB issue before Amit Shah today. Will ask Amit Shah for MSP on Basmati.
Punjab CM Bhagwant Mann will meet Union Home Minister Amit Shah today. Earlier, accepting the demand of the agitating farmers, Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann on Wednesday announced a new program of separate sowing of paddy on June 14 and June 17. In this way, now the total number of zones has been reduced from four to two. However, the area across the border fence has been kept out of the said zone and farmers of this area have been allowed to sow paddy from June 10. On Wednesday afternoon, a meeting of the agitating farmer leaders with the Chief Minister lasted for about three hours, in which accepting 12 of the 13 demands, the Chief Minister sent the farmer leaders with full assurance and the farmers leaders announced to end their agitation. gave. CM Mann will meet Home Minister Amit Shah on Thursday and will discuss the issues of farmers along with border security.
The Chief Minister, presiding over a meeting with various representatives of United Kisan Morcha (SKM) led by Jagjit Singh Dallewal, asked the farmers to sow paddy immediately so that the sowing work could be completed within the stipulated time. It was decided by the Punjab government to do the sowing of paddy in a phased manner by dividing the entire state into four zones. To save the rapidly depleting groundwater, the sowing date was fixed as June 18 in Zone-1, June 22 in Zone-2, June 24 in Zone-3 and June 26 in Zone-4.
Fulfilling his government’s firm commitment to ensure MSP on Moong crop, Bhagwant Mann apprised the farmer leaders that the state government has already issued a notification for procurement of the entire crop at an MSP of Rs 7275 per quintal. . He also assured the farmers that the state government is already ready to finalize the modalities for procurement of maize at MSP to give a boost to its ambitious program of crop diversification.
On the issue of MSP for Basmati, the Chief Minister said that he will meet Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Thursday to motivate the Government of India to announce MSP on Basmati immediately so that our farmers can be encouraged to cultivate it. He said that conservation of water in this way, apart from water consuming paddy, is the only precious natural resource of the state for our coming generations. He also told the SKM members that he would also take up the contentious issue of BBMB with Amit Shah for the satisfaction and speedy resolution of all the stakeholders.
Appreciating the response of farmers for sowing paddy through DSR technique, the Chief Minister said that the State Government has already provided financial assistance of Rs. aid has been announced. An amount of Rs 450 crore has been earmarked as incentive for this purpose. Meanwhile, all the members of SKM also appreciated the decision of the State Government to promote paddy cultivation through DSR technique and congratulated the Chief Minister for this out of box initiative for the welfare of farming community.
Responding to another issue raised by the representatives of farmers’ unions, Bhagwant Mann said that the state government would soon bring out a comprehensive policy to give ownership rights to those tenants who are in possession of Panchayat land and who have been in the same area for a long time. On farming. The Chief Minister also asked Rural Development and Panchayat Minister Kuldeep Singh Dhaliwal to convene a meeting with the representatives of agriculture unions to resolve the issue at the earliest. However, he said that the vigorous campaign of the state government to free the government or panchayat land from illegal occupation would continue till the last inch of it was vacated.
Mann sought one year’s time for agricultural reforms
Bhagwant Mann urged the Sangh leaders to give them at least one year’s time to bring about farmer friendly reforms in the agriculture sector. He said, “Please stay with me and I assure you that I will free your organization from the agitation”. The Chief Minister said that the doors of his office and residence are always open to resolve any issue related to the welfare of farmers through mutual dialogue and with an open mind. Along with this, he also urged the farmer leaders to give up the path of agitation. He said that if he has any objection against the government, he should sit down and talk to find an amicable solution.
CM hugged farmer leaders
After the agreement was reached between the two sides in the meeting, Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann not only hugged farmer leader Jagjit Singh Dallewal with full affinity but also stayed with him during the meal. The Chief Minister left from Punjab Bhawan only after introducing food to the farmer leaders. Other cabinet ministers and officials who attended the meeting also left with him. The farmer leaders came out of Punjab Bhawan only after the meal, who were taken to the site of the protest in Mohali.
During this, neither the government nor the farmer leaders spoke to the media. It was announced that Panchayat Minister Dhaliwal would announce the decisions taken in the meeting along with the farmers leaders after reaching the protest site and at the same time the farmer leaders would also announce their next plan.
There will be a meeting between farmers and officials on 23rd
Most of the demands were agreed upon in the meeting between the farmer leaders and the Chief Minister. At the same time, the Chief Minister will meet Amit Shah in New Delhi on Thursday to demand a bonus of Rs 500 quintal due to less wheat bush and to declare the MSP on Basmati. It was also decided in the meeting that the defaulter farmers would not get attachment warrants nor would they be arrested. A meeting will be held between farmer leaders and government officials on May 23 to take a decision regarding the panchayat land on which farmers have been cultivating for a long time. In the meantime, the government will also pay sugarcane farmers their dues.