Govt to bring agriculture policy in next assembly session. Punjab government on Monday announced a series of measures for the welfare of the farming community, including its decision to bring in a comprehensive agricultural policy for the state in the next session of the Vidhan Sabha. In a meeting with various farmer unions, the Chief Minister directed settlement of claims of farmer suicide-affected families within a month, with instructions to all DCs to hold a meeting on the fifth of every month to resolve such cases. The government has also decided to reimburse complete expenses of the farmer activist, who was hospitalised during the recent farmer protest in Patiala, an official spokesperson disclosed after the meetings.Responding to a demand for complete farm loan waiver, the unions were informed that the loan settlement policy approved by the previous government was being reviewed. The Chief Minister said given the financial constraints being faced by his government, it had not been possible to waive off all loans in one go and it had been decided to first settle the loans of the small and marginal farmers, who constituted a large majority of the state’s total farming community. Captain Amarinder pointed out that loan up to Rs 2 lakh had been waived off for marginal farmers with less than 2.5 acres of land while small farmers with land from 2.5 to 5 acres would also get waiver up to Rs 2 lakh.On the issue of jobs for the kin of farmers who had committed suicide, Captain Amarinder said those who had not already been provided employment will be inducted under the ‘Ghar Ghar Naukri’ programme. The unions also raised the issue of penalties and FIRs against farmers over non-payment of electricity bills. While the Power Secretary pointed out that the penalties were being charged only in accordance with the provisions of the regulatory authority, the Chief Minister directed the department to issue instructions so that the aggrieved farmers could meet the SDM or the DC directly, without requiring a lawyer’s intervention.
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