All the cases registered against the farmers in politically motivated agitations during the previous governments would be withdrawn: CM 24-02-2015
Chandigarh February 24: Haryana Chief Minister Mr Manohar Lal today announced that all the cases registered against the farmers in politically motivated agitations during the previous governments would be withdrawn within 30 days. Mr Manohar Lal who was addressing a seminar on "Crop Insurance Scheme’s and Risk Management" here today said that efforts would be made to reduce the cost of production so as to increase the profit of farmers. Representatives of various Farmers’ Associations and progressive farmers from all over the State participated in the seminar. He said that recommendations of Swaminathan Report would be implemented in the State in a phased manner. The Chief Minister urged the farmers to remain vigilant from the vested interests and not to be influenced by their false propaganda. He said inspite of raising agitations; the farmers should put forward their view point in a democratic way. Mr Manohar Lal said that being a farmer’s son, he very well understands their problems. He expressed concern that 80 per cent population of the State which was earlier engaged in agriculture activities has now reduced to 70 per cent. The land holding has been shrinking and has been divided within the family. To ensure a profitable income to the farmers, the State Government is promoting crop diversification and encouraging the farmers to adopt horticulture, floriculture, fisheries, bee keeping and dairy farming etc and added that new schemes would be implemented in these agri-allied activities for the benefit of farmers. To make youth employable, Agro Business Schools would be set up to provide training in marketing of produce. He said that insurance scheme would also be implemented for poly houses. Besides he assured the farmers for the crop insurance scheme and said that talks are on with the insurance companies for the same. The Chief Minister said that schemes were being prepared for gausamvardhan. To encourage cow rearing and to promote the use of cow milk and related products ‘Gaugreh’ would be set up at village level where 100 to 200 cows would be kept at a single place. Veterinary facilities would also be provided in it. He said that the scientists in the State have also been asked to measure carotene level in the milk besides fat. It has been found that carotene in the cow milk helps in treating various human diseases. Moreover, this would help in fetching more prices to the farmers, he added. While retreating its committing to provide irrigation water to the tail end in the State, Mr Manohar Lal said that desilting of all canals would be done to ensure a smooth flow of water and irrigation water is made available to the tail end by using all available resources. He said that the old age pension is being disbursed to the beneficiaries through banks from February onwards. Those who are not able to get their pension through banks, they are being given pension at their doorstep through BCAs. He said that the decision to disburse pension through banks has been taken to ensure that the benefit of pension reach to the actual beneficiaries. Zero tolerance against corruption is among the top priorities of the government and it would not hesitate to change any system which has any sign of corruption, he asserted. He said that with a view to providing 24-hour power supply in the rural areas, the Haryana Government has decided to launch a new scheme, namely ‘Mhara Gaam-Jagmag Gaam’, under which 24-hour power supply would be ensured in villages which pay hundred per cent bill payment. But for this, the villagers would have to reduce the line losses by 20 per cent. He also urged the farmers to encourage others also to pay the bill in time. He said that the government has to pay about Rs 5,500 crore to the Power Department every year to make good the loss incurred by the department on account of non-payment of electricity bills and power theft, he said. Agriculture Minister Mr Om Parkash Dhankar said that it was the first government in Haryana which has invited representatives of various farmers association to get their feedback and suggestions. State BJP President, Mr Subhash Barala said that the opposition parties have been misleading the people as they have no issues. He urged the farmers to build faith among the people and apprise them about various welfare decisions being taken by the present BJP government in the State. Additional Principal Secretary to Chief Minister Mrs Sumita Misra, Additional Chief Secretary, Agriculture Mr Dhanpat Singh and Principal Secretary, Animal Husbandry Mr Mahavir Singh were also present on this occasion.