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‘Paltry’ raise in crop MSP: a cruel joke on farming fraternity: Kultar Singh Sandhwan

Punjab Tribune Bureau | July 05, 2019 08:01 PM

Chandigarh: The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has described the decision of the union government to raise the minimum support price (MSP) of various ‘kharif’ crops as anti-farmers and a cruel joke on the farming fraternity across the country, saying that the decision had come as a shot of the sledge hammer for farmers.  

 In a statement issued from party headquarters in Chandigarh on Friday, senior party MLA and state kisan wing chief, Kultar Singh Sandhwan, said that the insensitive Modi government at the centre had always betrayed the interests of the beleaguered farmers and farm hands when it came to delivering on the ground.

 He alleged that, contrary to the promises peddled among them to ameliorating their lot, was nothing but a clever ploy to grab power, saying that nothing had been done or delivered on the ground and the farmers  continued to be haunted by the spectre of huge debt on their heads, and the illusive loan waiver announced by both the union and state government before the elections had remained an unfulfilled dream, leaving them with no option but to commit suicides.

 Sandhwan said that while the sycophants in the ruling saffron party and alliance partners were lavishing praises on Modi for floating a string of schemes like “Pradhan Fasal Beema Yojna’, ‘Pradhan Mantri Sinchai Pariyojna’ with a view to ameliorating their lot, the farmers were ruing the decision terming it as a mere propaganda to tom-tom the government’s ‘good’ work in raising the MSP.

 The AAP leader stated that the much-hyped scheme ‘Kisan Samman Nidhi’ under which a sum of Rs 6000 per annum had to be transferred to accounts of each farmer too had come as a shocker as the amount announced was too meager to bail out the community stuck in debt trap.

 Sandhwan further stated that if there were anybody who actually deserved a pat on the back being showered on Modi was Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal, who emerged as the true benefactor of the distressed community by implementing the Swaminathan Commission’s recommendations in letter and in spirit, saying the farmers in the capital city were getting MPS price at Rs 2616 (Wheat) and Rs 2667 (Paddy). He said both Modi and Captain should take a cue from the Delhi model and replicate it in the country and state of Punjab.

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