Punjab Farmers Call off Stir as CM Assures Hike in Sugarcane Prices

Farmers in search of a hike in sugarcane costs known as off their agitation after Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh assured them of Rs 360 per quintal for it on Tuesday. The CM introduced a hike of Rs 35 per quintal within the state assured value (SAP) of sugarcane after a gathering with farmer leaders right here.

Farmers had blocked a nationwide freeway and rail tracks in Jalandhar, saying the latest hike introduced by the state authorities was insufficient as their manufacturing value had spiralled significantly. Their demand had additionally acquired the backing of state Congress chief Navjot Singh Sidhu, who demanded higher costs for Punjab farmers and had mentioned the charges ought to be elevated instantly.

The farmers’ stir had entered fifth day on Tuesday. According to an official spokesperson, agreeing to the demand for a hike in cane pries, the CM mentioned Punjab’s fiscal scenario had prevented satisfactory improve within the state suggested value for the previous three to 4 years.

The CM mentioned farmers have been to not blame for the issue, which was brought on by Punjab’s poor funds, the spokesperson added. According to the official, the CM mentioned he was all the time with farmers and needed to do his finest for his or her welfare however the state’s fiscal disaster had prevented him from growing SAP earlier.

Balancing the wants of farmers with these of the cooperative and personal sugar mill house owners was robust, given the prevailing fiscal scenario, mentioned the CM. After a gathering with the chief minister, farmer chief Manjit Singh Rai informed reporters that the CM agreed to extend cane costs.

He mentioned they have been informed that their pending arrears will likely be paid in 15 days. Rai mentioned they’ve additionally informed farmers in Jalandhar to raise the blockade.

Farmer chief Balbir Singh Rajewal declared the rise in cane costs by the state authorities as a “big victory” for farmers. In the assembly, Ministers Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa, Balbir Singh Sidhu, together with MPs Preneet Kaur and Partap Singh Bajwa, MLAs Rana Gurjit Singh, Dr Raj Kumar Verka, Fatehjang Singh Bajwa and Navtej Singh Cheema have been current. The farmer union leaders, representing the Sanjha Kisan Morcha that has been spearheading the sugarcane farmers’ agitation for the previous a number of days, thanked the chief minister for addressing their issues.

The state authorities had earlier revised sugarcane charges to Rs 325 for the early selection, Rs 315 for mid selection and Rs 310 per quintal for the late maturing selection.

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