Quality of cotton seeds to be probed: Punjab Deputy CM: The Tribune India


Tribune press service

Chandigarh, September 29

Deputy Chief Minister Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa said the state government will conduct a seed quality investigation following the pink boll worm attack on the cotton crop in Malwa.

“Criminal proceedings will be initiated against those found guilty. Their properties will be seized and a fine will be imposed, ”he said after meeting with a delegation from the Kisan Mazdoor Sangharsh committee here today.

Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa, Deputy CM

Guilty to a fine

Criminal proceedings will be instituted against those found guilty. Their properties will be attached and a fine will be imposed.

Randhawa added, “After assuming the charge, Agriculture Minister Randeep Singh Nabha ordered that a report on the pest attack be submitted within the allotted time.

“To save the cotton crop from further damage, the state government will provide farmers with free sprays,” Nabha said.

He also said the government provided Rs 5 lakh each to farming families, who died during the ongoing unrest over controversial farm laws. “The process to give jobs to a family member of the deceased farmers has been started. Soon, appointment letters will be delivered.

The minister assured that the letters of appointment would be delivered within a month.

Regarding the withdrawal of cases registered against farmers during the agitation against the farm law, the deputy chief minister said the government has withdrawn 60 of the 105 cases, while the rest will be withdrawn soon.

Regarding the sugar cane dues, Randhawa said, “The government has made 99% of the payments to the cooperative sugar factories. Now only Rs 8 crore is pending.


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