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Won’t stop free power to farmers: CM

Aparna Banerji Tribune News Service Nakodar, March 14 Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh said here today that free power to the agricultural sector would not be withdrawn, even as he rubbished the SAD’s allegations that the state government wanted to issue bills to farmers for using tubewells. Launching the second phase of the farm debt waiver programme, the CM issued certificates worth Rs 162.16 crore to 29,192 farmers. The next phase would kick off in Majha, he said. Capt Amarinder said, “The Congress is fulfilling its promise to rid the farm sector of crisis. We came in at a time when farmers were debt-ridden and suicides were being reported in every village. During our rule, suicides have gone down.” The CM added, “Our plan is to slowly bring all needy farmers ...

407 farmers had Loans over Rs 2 lakh, majority of waivers were from Rs. 50000 to less than Rs 1 lakh

Nakodar (Jalandhar)/Chandigarh: Of the 29192 farmers who got the benefit of the state government’s farm debt waiver scheme today, the majority had loan amounts ranging from Rs. 50,000 and Rs. 1 lakh, while in terms of the districts benefitted, Ludhiana turned out to be the biggest beneficiary, with as many as 11305 farmers getting waiver certificates.

Punjab to bring in new agro policy to waive farmers’ debts: Capt

Tribune News Service Nakodar, March 14 Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh on Wednesday said the state government would bring in a new agriculture policy to waive all farmers' debts in the state. Addressing a rally here, the Chief Minister said that contrary to Akali rhetoric they would not be billing farmers for tubewell connections. He said the Punjab government would bring in a policy to revive groundwater in the state. Apart from farmer loan disbursals, he also allocated Rs 113 crore to Shahkot and Rs 50 crore to Nakodar for development projects. The Tribune

Norwegian envoy lends ear to farmers, promises help

Tribune News Service Sangrur, March 12 Norway’s Ambassador to India Nils Ragnar Kamsvag today visited two Sangrur villages along with local Congress MLA Vijay Inder Singla and discussed farmers’ problems in detail. He interacted with residents of Panwa and Bhattiwal villages and promised to explore the investment possibilities in the state. “Punjab farmers are very hard-working. With proper guidance, they can excel within a short span. We will see what we can do. Today, I have interacted with the villagers to know their problems and needs,” said Kamsvag in Panwan village of the district. During the interaction, farmers discussed their problems like rising number of suicides, over-exploitation of groundwater for farming, overuse of pesticides and their ill effects, air pollution caused

Villagers support farmers’ protest in Cheema Mandi

Parvesh Sharma Tribune News Service Sangrur, March 11 The farmers’ dharna at Cheema Mandi since February 23 in support of their long-pending demands is getting support from area residents, who have been supplying food, milk and other items daily to feed hundreds of protesters. The protesters cooked food for the initial two or three days but later, residents of surrounding villages took the responsibility of feeding them and taking care of their other daily needs. “They are not fighting for members of their union only, but for all farmers of Punjab,” said Gurmeet Singh, a farmer of Hero Kalan, who along with other villagers were going back after serving food to protesting farmers. On February 23, when farmers from various districts of the state were going to New Del...