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No Badals in coffee table book, Punjab junks PAU draft

The government had planned to release the book at the Progressive Punjab Agriculture Summit, to be held in February at Mohali.

Ludhiana |
Updated: January 10, 2014 3:01:03 am

How to amalgamate the “achievements and photographs of the Badal clan” with details of Punjab’s agriculture? Scientists at Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) were unable to find an answer and, therefore, the first draft of a proposed coffee table book on the state’s agriculture — prepared by the university — stands rejected.
The government had planned to release the book at the Progressive Punjab Agriculture Summit, to be held in February at Mohali. The work to prepare the book was allotted to PAU about 15 days ago.
The draft — chapters on achievements and policies of the Akali government and photographs of the Badals, prepared by three scientists, was not what the govt expected.
“We tried our best to give all relevant information about the state’s agriculture. We did not mention anything about the state government, nor did we include photos of the CM, his deputy or any politician,” said a senior PAU official.
The draft included 11 chapters on agriculture, culture of Punjab, Green Revolution, current scenario, contribution towards national food security, horticulture, livestock research, farm mechanisation, water, soil, critical resources new initiatives, and the future.
Sources in the agriculture department said that now, a new book is being planned and a public relations firm may be hired for the job. A documentary on agriculture will also be made for the summit.
The new book will highlight free power for farmers policy, the land acquisition policy, subsidy on drip irrigation systems, compensation for crops, land pooling and other governmment policies with “a special emphasis on the life of Parkash Singh Badal”.
Special chapters on eminent personalities like scientist Dr M S Swaminathan and Ashok Gulati, chairman of the Commission of Agricultural Cost and Prices, will be included. Agriculture Commissioner Balwinder Singh Sidhu said: “Now, I am personally looking into the coffee table book and the documentary. ”

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