Cong govt criminal negligence in failing to procure gunny bags has choked Mandis – Harsimrat Badal
Bathinda, May 4 – Union food processing industries minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal today said the Congress government’s criminal negligence in failing to procure gunny bags had choked all the grain markets in the constituency besides stalling the wheat procurement process and causing untold misery to farmers.
Stating that chief minister Capt Amarinder Singh was alone responsible for the hardships being faced by the farming community, she said farmers had a right to know why their chief minister had let them down. “Raja Sahab you are accountable to the people. You should tell farmers why your government failed to procure gunny bags in advance by placing orders in time. It is condemnable that you are still not paying attention to this problem forget identifying those responsible for this lapse and taking strict action against them”.
Stating that Capt Amarinder should lead from the front and address farmer grievances, Mrs Badal said this was yet to happen. She said the CM had made only one visit to one grain market while enroute to a political function more than one week back. She said with no political will to mitigate the problems of farmers the administration as well as procurement agencies were now also giving a raw deal to farmers.
Mrs Badal said she was getting complaints from all Mandis in the constituency including Bhucho, Naruana and Kaljharani besides the local Mandi that despite complaints to staff no attempt was being made to lift wheat from the Mandis. She said farmers were complaining that the procurement process had also been delayed. “Even commission agents are suffering due to lack of lifting”, she added.
Stating that she was pained at the suffering of the farmers, Mrs Badal urged the chief minister to make arrangements for gunny bags on an urgent basis. She said simultaneously extra staff should be deputed to Mandis to help in the process of lifting of grains as well as smooth procurement. “Raja Sahib farmers have suffered enough during your present reign. Around 1,500 farmers have committed suicide. A few thousand are facing Kurki (recovery) proceedings. Please don’t make it more difficult for the anndaata. Please take charge of the administration and do your duty and end farmer suffering in Mandis”, Mrs. Badal added.