Chandigarh(Narinder Jagga): Traders in the State have decided to raise their protest against the proposed implementation of farmers’ welfare fund. In a draft policy, prepared by the Punjab Farmers’ Commission, 20 per cent cess has been recommended from the commission of traders during crop procurement for the betterment of farming sector. Already annoyed with the CM for expressing his helplessness in waiving off farmers’ debt owed to traders, they warned with dire consequences in Parliamentary Election. Earlier the traders had honored CM with a plaque with ‘ Fakher-e-quam’ ( Pride of community), a year ago.Interestingly, a year ago, during a function, organized by the traders, the CM Amrinder Singh had asked them to extend full support to the state government to bail out distressed farmers, and also work to win restore the farmers’ confidence in the arhtiya community. Traders had demanded to increase their commission from 2.5 per cent to 3. Now, the draft policy, prepared by the Punjab Farmers’ Commission (PFC) suggested creation a fund of Rs 1,000 crore ,to be shared by the Central and State Government and Commission agents for price stabilization . This fund will cost the traders with Rs 250 crore annually. A delegation of traders, in the leadership of Vijay Kalra, President of Federation of commission agents of Punjab, met with the Chairman of PFC, Ajayvir Jakhar. According to Kalra, Jakhar refused to oblige the traders. He also said that a delegation of commission agents will meet CM soon in this regard. Expressing his resentment, he told that the rate of each and every items has gone up, but why are the traders being targeted. In a letter, written to CM, he warned that if the policies are continued, the Congress will has to face severe opposition from traders community during Lok Sabha election.
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