Chandigarh, November 17
Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi on Wednesday promised farmers to drop outdated circumstances of stubble burning in opposition to them however requested them to not set the paddy straw on hearth in future.
The Chief Minister additionally promised to cancel all FIRs in opposition to farmers, registered within the state throughout their protests in opposition to the Centre’s three farm legal guidelines.
He additionally introduced his authorities choice to boost the compensation for the lack of the cotton crop to Rs 17,000 per acre from Rs 12,000 per acre.
Channi made these guarantees throughout a gathering with the representatives of Punjab’s 32 farm our bodies right here.
Addressing the media after the assembly, Channi, whereas acceding to farmers’ calls for, stated his authorities will cancel all FIRs registered by the Punjab Police in opposition to farmers protesting in opposition to farm legal guidelines within the state.
“With this, we would like that no farmer ought to set stubble on hearth in future and the federal government will act strictly in opposition to the violation,” he stated.
“But when any outdated FIR associated to the stubble burning is there in opposition to anybody, we’re cancelling it,” he added.
“However it’s my request to farmers that they need to not set the straw on hearth because it causes air pollution,” Channi reiterated.
Channi’s assertion comes amid rising incidents of stubble burning with Punjab recording over 69,000 such incidents this season.
Stubble burning is banned however many farmers proceed to flout it. Delhi and Haryana have taken a number of emergency measures together with the closure of faculties (in 4 districts in Haryana) and a ban on building work to curb air air pollution.
Later whereas talking on the difficulty of stubble burning, farmer chief Balbir Singh Rajewal stated he instructed the CM that the choice of the Nationwide Inexperienced Tribunal must be applied by which farmers having lower than 2.50 acres of land must be given farm equipment for the administration of crop residue freed from value.
Farmers have been being fined however no equipment was given to them, he stated, including he additionally requested the state authorities why the central funds of Rs 375 crore for giving subsidy on the equipment has not been launched.
He asserted that the variety of farm hearth incidents have been much less this season.
On the reduction associated to cotton crop loss as a result of pink bollworm assault, Channi introduced a hike within the compensation quantity from Rs 12,000 to Rs 17,000 per acre, moreover a ten per cent of the reduction to farm labourers engaged for the selecting of cotton.
Channi stated giving larger compensation would value almost Rs 200 crore extra to the state authorities over the already accredited sum of Rs 416.18 crore for it on the price of Rs 12,000 per acre.
He additionally instructed farmer leaders that he would personally take up the matter with the Punjab governor to withdraw the circumstances in opposition to the farmers who participated within the protest march in the direction of Punjab Raj Bhawan in opposition to farm legal guidelines.
Taking a severe observe of the availability of “spurious high quality” paddy seeds to farmers in Moga, Channi requested the agriculture minister to take stern motion in opposition to the fraudulent seed firm and ordered due compensation to affected farmers.
On the “meagre compensation” to farmers for his or her land acquired for the Delhi-Katra-Amritsar expressway, Channi stated he would personally convene a gathering of all divisional and deputy commissioners to rationalise the charges of compensation.
Referring to the demand for waiving the excellent farm loans, Channi stated he would have a separate assembly with them after detailed deliberations with the state’s Finance Division.
Expressing solidarity with bereaved households of farmers, who misplaced their breadwinners throughout farmers’ agitation, the chief minister stated the state authorities has already supplied authorities jobs to 152 sufferer households, moreover giving a monetary support of Rs 5 lakh to every of them.
Speaking to reporters later, farmer chief Rajewal stated in addition they raised the difficulty of pension for farmers and farm labourers.
He additionally stated the farm our bodies in Punjab have been in opposition to Haryana farmer chief Gurnam Singh Chaduni who was making an attempt to implement his “political agenda” within the state together with his “Mission Punjab”.
Chaduni had earlier requested farmer outfits in Punjab to contest the upcoming state meeting polls.
In the meantime, earlier than the assembly with the chief minister, a number of farmer leaders held a protest outdoors the assembly venue, claiming that they have been allegedly pushed by the safety males after they have been making an attempt to enter the Punjab Bhawan.
They threatened to not attend the assembly until the CM tenders apology for a similar.
Punjab Agriculture minister Randeep Singh Nabha got here out to pacify them and later Channi met them to placate them.
Although a number of pacified farmer leaders went inside with Nabha and Channi, some farmer leaders refused to attend the assembly.
Then Nabha got here out once more and urged farmer leaders to affix the assembly. PTI