SAD slams govt for tardy wheat procurement

Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, April 23

Senior SAD leaders, including leader of legislator party Sharanjit Singh Dhillon and former minister Maheshinder Singh Grewal, today submitted a memorandum to Punjab Governor to highlight the issue of wheat procurement and difficulties being faced by farmers in mandis.

The Akali Dal leaders said there was an outcry in almost all mandis over the procurement of wheat. “There is a severe shortage of empty gunny bags, which is affecting wheat procurement. Large stocks of wheat, which has already been procured, is lying in the open in grain markets,” the leaders wrote in the memorandum.

Party leaders urged the Governor to ask the state government to expedite the procurement process by making proper arrangements for gunny bags. Wheat lifting should be ramped up and farmers should be paid for their crop within 24 hours, the SAD leaders urged.

Youth Akali Dal district president Gurdeep Singh Gosha said the party would not give up till the issues of farmers were resolved.

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