PDP to agitation for demands of Basmati growers
Bishnah/Jammu, October 18 (Scoop News)- Reiterating his demand of early completion of the Shahpur Kandi project to improve socio-economic conditions of the farmers of
Addressing an impressive Kissan Conference at Bishnah, Mufti reminded that it was promised to give water to the farmers of Jammu and Kashmir under inter state bilateral agreement through Shahpur Kandi project downstream of Ranjit Sagar Dam. He, however, regretted that promise was yet to be fulfilled and the bilateral agreement is not implemented. He said that proper implementation of bilateral agreement would change fate of the farmers of
The PDP patron said that
While highlighting problems of the farming community of
He said that Bishnah, Vijaypur, R S Pura, Samba, Ramgarh, Kathua and some other areas have potential of growing sugarcane so there is need to establish a sugar mill in this region. He said that setting upon of Sugar mill will be proved as boon the farmers of this region.
Expressing his concern over shrinking of agricultural land, PDP patron said that his party has repeatedly asked the government to bring a Bill in the Assembly to impose ban on utilization of agriculture for commercial purposes. “I don’t know why this government is hesitating to bring the Bill?” he equipped, adding, “there is need to regulate the system to ensure that agriculture land should not be utilized for commercial purposes”.
PDP patron said that UPA Government has decided to bring a Bill in the next session of the Parliament on acquisition of agriculture land to ensure complete rehabilitation of farmers whose land would be acquired for different purposes. “If State Government hesitates to implement the same law in
Mufti expressed surprise that R S Pura and Bishnah areas are considered as rice bowl of Jammu and Kashmir but the government has not formulated any comprehensive policy for the marketing of the world famous Basmati being produced in this belt. “We will agitate for the demands of the farmers to set adequate procurement centres for purchasing Basmati on reasonable prices”, he said.
PDP patron reminded the gathering that during PDP-Congress regime the then PHE Minister Qazi Mohammad Afzal had made it a point to ensure that water from Ranbir Canal must reach to tail ends. He endorsed demand of free powers should be given to the farmers to run irrigation tube wells at different places. He said that it was duty of the security forces to ensure that farmers could cultivate their land which is situated beyond the fencing.
Earlier in the Kissan Conference a resolution was passed by the participants. Besides other demands, Conference also demanded that support price of the Basmati should not be less than Rs 4500 per quintals, crops insurance scheme for farmers, free power to farmers, reservation for wards of farmers in technical educational institutions and government jobs etc.
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