The Congress Legislative Party (CLP) has decided to introduce an adjournment motion in the Punjab Vidhan Sabha session on Monday to draw attention of the state government to the plight of the farming community.
Congress Legislative Party leader Sunil Jakhar said that the decision was being taken in consultation with party legislators who were in New Delhi to participate in the Samman Rally on Sunday.
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Jakhar said that the Congress had submitted a list of principal issues it sought to discuss on the floor of the House but till date, there has been no response from the Speaker.
Cotton growers in the state have suffered much loss due to the whitefly attack. Some farmer unions blame the state government and allege a “scam” behind the loss of their crop.
Jakhar said that farmers in the state are suffering today on the back of poor purchase and payment arrangements, alleged purchase of sub standard pesticides at exorbitant price that had caused loss to more than 65 per cent of farmers in the Malwa belt. He regretted that the ruling politicians had no time to even console the families of farmers who had committed suicide.
Jakhar claimed that the state agriculture department was working as the office of the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD).