Dirbha (Sangrur: Listing the major initiatives taken by the SAD-BJP alliance government for welfare of farmers in last more than nine years, Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on Saturday said that the state government has taken unprecedented steps to ensure the well-being of food growers of the country. Interacting with the media persons on the sidelines of Sangat Darshan programme in Dirbha assembly segment here on Saturday, the Chief Minister said that in a major pro-farmers decision the state government has framed “The Punjab Settlement of Agricultural Indebtedness Act 2016”, which aims to provide a framework for expeditious determination and settlement of non-institutional agricultural debt. He said that according to the provisions of the Act the process of establishing of District Level Agricultural Debt Settlement Forums and a State Level Agricultural Debt Settlement Tribunal was being expedited.
Badal said that this Act would play a pivotal role in alleviating difficulties of farmers in getting their non-institutional debts reconciled and settled. The Chief Minister said that as far as the debt of banking sector was concerned it was the prerogative of the Union government and the state has hardly any role to play in it. Badal said that he had always been keen to solve the problems of the farming community and every step has been taken to bail them out. He said that the state government has started first of its kind scheme to provide interest free crop loans worth Rs 50,000 to the farmers. He added that the state government was providing free power to farmers worth Rs 5,000 crore annually. Highlighting the significance of Sangat Darshan programme, the Chief Minister said that it was a flagship programme of his government from the first day ever since he assumed the office. He said that this programme finds no parallel across the country as no other Chief Minister bothers to spare so much time for the people by solving their problems at their doorsteps.
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