Chandigarh: Aam Aadmi Party has planned to hold statewide protests on November 7 against the government apathy towards farmers of the state. AAP state convener, Gurpreet Singh Waraich said there is a lack of adequate lifting arrangement in grain markets and Punjab government is harassing farmers by delaying payment of paddy.
Waraich said that the embezzlement of 12000 crores fund by Badal government meant for famers led to the financial crunch in state. He said that due to this food scam banks led by State Bank of India stopped lending money to Punjab for further procurement. Waraich said that it is shocking to hear that foodgrains worth Rs 20,000 crore procured by Punjab Government have gone missing from godowns in the state.
Waraich said that AAP teams led by farmers wing and volunteers are visiting the mandis everyday and it has come out that government agencies are demanding bribe of RS 100 per quintal from every famer. He lambasted Punjab Chief Minister, Parkash Singh Badal for his statement that agriculture is not a profitable occupation in Punjab now.
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