Batting wholeheartedly for the cause of farming community of the state, Punjab Deputy Chief Minister S. Sukhbir Singh Badal stressed that the procurement agencies will purchase every single grain arriving in the grain markets of the state. He also informed that with the release of Rs. 17523 crore worth Cash Credit Limit (CCL), the commission agents would be able to give payments to farmers in time.Addressing a vast gathering of people here today on the occasion of inauguration of automated driving test center, which also houses 2 storey building of District Transport Officer, constructed at a cost of Rs. 1,20,00000, the Deputy Chief Minister stressed that Punjab Government is committed to and indeed purchases every grain of wheat. He also assured the gathering that the procurement process is going on smoothly and procurement agencies would procure every grain at Minimum Support Price (MSP), adding he said strict instructions have already been issued in this regard.
He also elaborated that CCL is being transferred to the accounts of commission agents who in turn disburse it amongst the farmers thereby continuing the process of in an efficient, corruption free and smooth manner.Talking with the media persons on the occasion, S. Badal strongly castigated congress and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) over raising the bogey of alleged delay in release of CCL to the state. He said that these 2 anti-Punjab parties stand thoroughly exposed as they wanted CCL to be delayed further resulting in farmers produce remaining unsold following which these parties had a devious plan to instigate peace loving farming community against government.
Pooh-pooing the dialogue campaign started by AAP, he said that how can that party make a claim to be the champion of people’s cause which has deserted the farmers of Punjab on crucial SYL issue. He further said that people of Punjab would not pay any heed to this dialogue campaign and would give befitting reply to AAP with “Maun Vrat” (Silence). Questioning AAP, he said that it is a matter of utter shame that AAP, which has attacked Sikh religion by demolishing a ‘Piau Sahib’ at Gurudwara Sri Sisganj Sahib in Delhi, has come to the state to again lure Punjabi people with false promises. He said that people of Punjab have seen through the devious game of AAP and won’t fall into its trap. He also said that Sangat Darshan is a lot better option for people than either ‘Coffee with Captain’ or Punjab Dialogue.
Earlier speaking at Mehal Kalan in the course of a rally, S. Sukhbir Singh Badal said that the amount of work done by SAD-BJP Government would remain unmatched in the annals of Punjab as no other party or government had cared better for interests of all sections of society than present one.Listing people friendly and development oriented schemes of SAD-BJP government, he said that Atta-Dal scheme, Shagan scheme, health insurance under bhagat puran singh sehat bima yojna for farmers, traders, free power worth 200 units to SC families, waiving of tubewell bills of farmers in lieu of which state government pays annually Rs. 6000 crore to the PSPCL, Tubewell Connections on priority to farmers having less than 2.5 acres of land, Rs. 10000 crore for development of rural and urban areas, Establishing skill centers throughout state to train 1 lakh youth every year, Soon to be advertised 1,20,000 jobs and interest free loan of Rs. 50000 to farmers.
On this occasion, he also entrusted Ajit Singh Shant with charge of halqa Mehal Kalan. He also felicitated Sangharshi Yoddhas Gopal Singh Dardi, Mukhtiar Singh, Gurnam Singh and Waryam Singh, who participated in various morchas, with commendation letters and cheques of monetary help.Among others present on the occasion were Rajya Sabha MP S. Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa, Chief Parliamentary Secretary Sant Balbir Singh Ghunnas, Ex-minister S. Gobind Singh Kanjhla, Ex-MLA S. Ajit Singh Shant, Ex-Principal Secretary to Chief Minister, Darbara Singh Guru, Chairman Market Committee Barnal S. Bhola Singh, District President SAD and President Municipal Council Barnal Mr. Sanjeev Shorey, Deputy Commissioner S. Bhupinder Singh, SSP S. Gurpreet Singh Toor, SDM S. Amarvir Singh Sidhu and District Transport Officer Mr. Sukhwinder Kumar.