Bajwa should go to Rahul and not court to resolve sugarcane farmers’ problems
The Congress leaders are resorting to ‘dummy fight” over release of pending arrears to the tune of over Rs 400 crores and directing the private sugar mills to start buying and start crushing sugar cane immediately as the crushing season has already been delayed by over a month.
Reacting to the threat of Punjab Congress Rajya Sabha MP Partap Singh Bajwa to Punjab government to move Punjab and Haryana high court if the farmers’ sugarcane arrears were not paid immediately, SAD senior vice president Mahesh Inder Singh Grewal said that instead of issuing threats and going public, Bajwa should have persuaded Punjab chief minister Amarinder Singh to do needful or urged his party president Rahul Gandhi to direct state government to get to business and help beleaguered farmers.
Grewal said Bajwa too does not seem to be sincere in resolve the present impasse between the farmers and private sugar mills but keen to draw political mileage by flaunting his pro-farmers’ image.
Bajwa going to media to threaten Congress led Punjab government instead of talking to Amarinder Singh suggests that both are not even on speaking terms which itself reflects on how the state government is operating and the party MPs are not given a decent hearing.
Talking of the farmers woes, Grewal said the state government had not increased even a paisa on the Statutory Advice Price (SAP) from last year’s SAP of Rs.310 per quintal though the farmers were insisting that it be enhanced to at least Rs. 350 per quintal. Besides, last year’s areas too are pending .And on top of it, private mills most of which are owned by political leaders are being blackmailed and their produce in not being purchased.
Grewal said the Congress president Rahul Gandhi who claims to be champion of farmers’ cause should immediately intervene and direct the state government to take care of farmers problems which are being compounded by reckless handling of sugarcane growers of Punjab.