Chandigarh – The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) on Thursday established a helpline to come to the aid of beleaguered farmers whose standing paddy crops are being destroyed on the orders of the Congress government, even as it asked its senior as well as district leadership to forcefully oppose this move across the state. In a statement here, former minister and SAD leader Bikram Singh Majithia said the party had created a helpline with number-9815399333–which became operationalat 7 pm on Thursday so that a concerted effort could be made to stop persecution of farmers for transplanting paddy as per the traditional guidelines.“Our senior as well as district leadership will rush to all spots brought to our notice and we will not let any farmer field be re-ploughed in the name of a dictatorial order restricting paddy transplantation before June 20,” he said. “It is shameful that an elected government is riding roughshod over farmers by passing one sided orders without even understanding the reasons why they wanted to transplant paddy as per the traditional guideline of June 10,” he added.“The Congress government does not believe the farmers who are feeding the nation and working in extreme heat wave conditions to produce food grain has valid reasons to starting transplanting paddy from June 10, even as its ministers make arrogant and dictatorial pronouncements from the comfort of their air conditioned rooms. The SAD however respects the sentiments of the farmers, understands they are in deep distress and will rescue them from the ongoing persecution launched against them by the Congress government,” Majithia added.
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