With a view to transform the destiny of state farmers, Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann on Sunday reiterated his government’s firm commitment to make agriculture an economically viable and profitable profession so as to motivate youngsters to opt their ancestral occupation with pride and dignity.
Paying glowing tributes to the farmers from Punjab and Haryana who lost their lives during farmers’ agitation and martyrs of Galwan Valley, in the presence of AAP National Convener and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrashekar Rao, said that today’s function organized to honour the families of valiant soldiers and farmers reflects our deep reverence and commitment for the adage ‘Jai Jawan, Jai Kisan’.
Notably, Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrashekar Rao especially joined his counterparts from Punjab and Delhi to honour the victim families of farmers and the martyrs of Galwan Valley on the occasion to give financial assistance of Rs.3 lakh and Rs.10 lakh each respectively as a humble tribute on the behalf of the people of Telangana.
Taking a dig at the apathetic attitude of previous governments those blatantly ignored the farming sector for their myopic outlook, Bhagwant Mann said that it is really ironical that a farmer who owns the most fertile land with the highest yield as compared to any other part of the country and even across the globe was living in penury and struggling to get two square meals a day. On the contrary, his peers on foreign shores owning a land with least fertility due to harsh climatic conditions are leading an affluent life.
Bhagwant Mann said his government has taken several path-breaking initiatives like motivating farmers to sow Moong with assurance to procure on MSP, a financial incentive of Rs.1500 per acre for promotion of Direct Seeding of Rice (DSR) technology besides taking up crop diversification in a big way within just two months of taking office. He bemoaned that the previous governments made the farmers from ‘aandatta’ to ‘beggars’ and his government would make all out efforts to restore their earlier status as ‘aandattas’. He said, “The top priority of my government is to make farmers free from whopping debt.”