Amarinder fuelling farmers’ stir: Khattar

CHANDIGARH: The Congress government in Punjab is guilty of fuelling farmers’ unrest in the state, Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar has alleged.
Khattar listed the step taken by the BJP ruled Haryana fort the farmers, and asked What the Punjab government had done in this regard.
Khattar on Monday had accused the Congress government in Punjab of fuelling farmers’ unrest in his state, prompting a sharp response from Singh. The exchange had taken place two days after farmers protesting over agriculture laws enacted by the Centre clashed with the Haryana Police in Karnal.
Singh had hit back a little later, accusing the BJP, including the Haryana CM, of taking refuge in shameful lies over the horrendous attacks on protesting farmers. Repeal the farm laws instead of blaming Punjab for the mess your party has put the farming sector in, Singh had said in a statement.
Hours later, Khattar, in series of tweets, while mentioning the welfare steps taken by his government for farmers, also said that Haryana provides an incentive of Rs 7,000 per acre to every farmer who wants to move away from paddy cultivation. What is the incentive that Punjab provides to the farmer similarly? he asked.
Khattar also said that Haryana pays interest at 12 per cent to the farmer in case payment is delayed beyond 72 hours from the approval, and asked if Punjab pays interest on delayed payment. Haryana pays an incentive of Rs 5,000 per acre to the farmer who adopts direct seeding of rice technology, said Khattar, while asking Singh what incentive does Punjab give. He also mentioned that Haryana pays every farmer Rs 1,000 per acre for stubble management and provides linkages for sale of paddy straw and sought to know from Singh what incentive does Punjab provide to farmers.
He also said that Haryana has started micro-irrigation scheme to support farmers with 85 percent subsidy to manage precious water for irrigation. What incentive does Punjab provide, and is it even concerned about the rapidly depleting water table that it will finish the farmer? he asked.
Khattar said that Haryana supports farmers growing horticultural produce by instituting the Bhawantar Bharpayee Yojana to insulate the farmer from price variations below cost. What incentive does Punjab provide to its horticulture farmers? asked Khattar.
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