There are 48,000 registered arhtiyas in Punjab, out of which only around 28,000 are active across 22 districts of the state in selling the crops of nearly 18.50 lakh farmers including 14. 28 lakh of paddy growers.
While launching the new system, UK’s Home Secretary Priti Patel said they want to attract the “brightest and the best” from the world, including from India, and to reduce the number of cheap and low-skilled workers coming to the country.
The data sourced from the PRSC, Punjab Agriculture University (PAU), Ludhiana, revealed that this year Happy Seeder sown wheat area was 5.30 lakh hectares (13.09 lakh acres) out of the total wheat area of 35.05 lakh hectares (86.82 lakh acres) in Punjab.
The letter was sent to the university on January 31. With it is attached a copy of the complaint against the controller, jointly written by all teachers of the university to the secretary, higher education, in December last year.
Bhartiya Kisan Union, Ekta (Dakaunda) general secretary Jagmohan Singh said, “If the government was sensitive enough towards farmers and the rural economy it should have brought the C2 formula in practice to ensure public and private purchasing agencies so farmers get a guaranteed MSP of C2 + 50 per cent.”