PUNJAB HAS increased annual compensation to farmers having land across the Indo-Pak border fence from Rs 2,500 to Rs 10,000 per acre.
Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal was in Khalra village of Khemkarn constituency in Tarn Taran district on Wednesday to begin paying compensation. He directed all deputy commissioners of the border districts to complete the job within a week.
Addressing a gathering, Badal said, “Hundreds of farmers having land around 21,000 acres across the fence can avail of this major government initiative. The state government is duty bound to forever extend a helping hand to the brave farmers of the border region, who face a lot of hardships due to the fencing. I am well aware of the peculiar situation of these farmers due to which I have always raised this issue with the Government of India. The 1997-2002 alliance government had initiated the scheme of giving Rs 2,500 per acre to the farmers and now it has been enhanced to Rs 10,000 per acre. It is a humble tribute from the state government in recognition of these farmers’ sufferings.”
The CM added, “Congress governments, in state and Centre, had never bothered about farmers’ interests in border villages. The Captain Amarinder Singh-led Congress regime had discontinued this compensation. Debt waiver campaign of the state Congress chief was a big fraud. Captain’s tenure was best remembered for his anti-farmer stance. But now, he is indulging in tantrums to win them over.”