Tota Singh rejects Punjab Farmers Commissions idea of imposing cess on grains sold in mandis
Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) can only work through funding which has come from the State and the Centre. While we at the state level are looking at ways by which we can increase funding for the university,the Centre too needs to pitch, expressed Tota Singh,Minister for Agriculture,who was at PAU on Wednesday afternoon.
He was here to distribute awards to the progressive farmers and also preside over the two-day Kisan Mela that opened today. Jathedar,however,dumped the idea of imposing cess on the grains being sold in mandis of the state as proposed by the Punjab Farmers Commission.
This is not possible for at the end of it all this cess will have to be paid by the farmer. We can not do that for as the Center is demanding that the middle men or the arhtiyas should be removed so that the 2.5 per cent being paid to them as a tax by the farmers is also saved, he said.
The V-C of the university and other officials met me and have told me about their problems regarding financial health of the university. I will soon arrange a meeting with the Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and we will work out something very soon, assured Jathedar Tota Singh.
The agriculture minister during his tour of the various stalls put up in the university showed keen interest in the paddy variety developed by the university. V-C Dr B S Dhillon has told me that this variety is a replacement for the PAU 201 variety which was great hit with the farmers but had to be withdrawn after the millers were facing some problem while milling the paddy.