Took loans to handle straw, however govt failed us, say farmers


Sameer Singh

Tribune News Service

Bathinda, October 6

Paying heed to the Punjab Government’s appeal to not burn paddy stubble, Harvinder Pal of Mehma Sarkari village in the district had last year sown wheat using a super seeder machine.

Pal owns 2 acres of land. He had taken the machine on rent. Pal said the government had promised to pay Rs 2,500 per acre to the farmers for incurring extra cost, but failed to keep its word.

Like Pal, there are scores of farmers in Malwa who are at the receiving end.

Raghubir Singh and nine other farmers of a Mansa village had pooled in money to purchase a super seeder. They too are disappointed.

Raghubir said: “Some of us had even borrowed money at high rate of interest.” B Srinivasan, Deputy Commissioner, Bathinda, said: “Many farmers have got the compensation. If some have been left out, we will get their claim expedited.”



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