Amritsar: Bhartiya Kissan Union (BKU) President Ajmer Singh Lakhowal on Tuesday lashed out at Union government for meager hike in Minimum Support Price (MSP) for the wheat crop.
He said that the increase was too low and not in coherence with the rising input costs for growing the crops and strongly appealed NDA government in Centre to link MSP with price index.
Addressing a huge gathering of farmers at Rajasansi near here, Lakhowal also praised Punjab CM Parkash Singh Badal for the `tough stand’ he has taken on saving the waters of Punjab.
“The BKU appreciates the steps taken by state government under CM Badal who has announced that not a drop will be allowed out of Punjab’’, said Lakhowal.
He said the farmers in state will be adversely affected if the SYL was allowed and farmers were ready to make any sacrifice to stop waters to Haryana or any other state. He also demanded royalty for the Punjab waters that has already been distributed to the neighbouring states.
The farmer leader also appealed Centre to implement Swaminathan Commission’s report to save the farmers from the ongoing decline in the agriculture.
He said the farmers’ rising debts are pushing them to commit suicides is highly deplorable and speaks volume of the state of farming in the country.
BKU Vice President Bhupinder Singh Maheshari, Baldev Singh Gumtala, Avtar Singh Mehlon, Sukhdev Singh Heir, Ajmer Singh Heir also addressed the farmers and they demanded from state to save the agriculture and framing communities by taking appropriate measures including crops insurance, reservations, pensions, writing off the loans and others.
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