Gurdaspur deputy commissioner and SAD leaders crossed the fencing on the India-Pakistan border fencing on Monday and reached Zero Line, the international boundary between the two countries, to reassure farmers that there was no ban on harvesting their crop.
With evacuation orders in force, many farmers had complained of not being able to tend to their crops. The Opposition too criticised the government for preventing farmers from working on their fields. Monday’s exercise was to restore the confidence in farmers. The administration even allowed media to visit the Zero Line, a permission granted only to those who had entry cards issued to them.
SAD leader Sukhjinder Singh Langah, son of former minister Sucha Singh Langah, also visited the border near Dera Baba Nanak and went across the fencing. The DC also assured the Dharmkot village residents of constructing a water tank in the area.
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Meanwhile Amritsar deputy commissioner Varun Roojam has said that administration has divided Amritsar into two divisions for smooth procurement of paddy following the apprehensions expressed by farmers of the border villages during visit of Punjab Chief Minister on Sunday.
He requested farmers to bring the paddy under 17% moisture content in the grain market. Initially, border village farmers unloaded paddy with high moisture content in the grain markets of the border districts and were ready to sell their paddy below MSP. They had panicked in the face of increased tensions along the border.
“They were feared that their paddy will be destroyed if India and Pakistan went to war. Some paddy has been brought by commission agents at low price. But now normalcy has returned to grain markets,” said Rajwinder Singh, commission agent in Khalra grain market in Tarn Taran district.