Chandigarh: Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on Tuesday asked power utility Punjab State Power Corporation (PSPCL) to formulate a new policy to grant fresh tubewell connections to the marginal and small farmers for the current fiscal.

A decision to this effect was taken at a meeting chaired by Badal held here, an official release said.

Badal said the state government is committed for the welfare of beleaguered peasantry, which is already facing lot of hardships due to squeezed margins on account of non remunerative MSP.

On the issue of pending arrears of Rs 357 crore on account of tubewell bills relating to the period when tariff was imposed on farm sector, the Chief Minister was informed that the state government had reimbursed PSPCL on this count, which had taken off these arrears from the accounts of the concerned farmers.

Regarding the issue of land acquisition for the Gobindpura thermal plant in Mansa district, the Chief Minister said the process of giving a job to an eligible member of the family whose land had been acquired for the setting of the plant should be expedited.

Likewise, the compensation of Rs 3 lakh for the family of landless labourers should also be granted forthwith.

Badal also directed for a quick disposal of matter relating to exchange of land and its de-notification in a time bound manner.

Referring to the issue of suicides committed by farmers, the Chief Minister asked the Financial Commissioner Revenue to examine all such cases for prompt payment of compensation as per the prescribed norms forthwith.

In this regard, he directed the compensation of two installments of Rs 1 lakh each should be released immediately and in future such cases would be jointly verified by the deputy commissioner and SSP within one month.

It was also decided in the meeting to give a job to the next of kin of eight persons who lost their lives in various farm agitations across the state.


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