Bharti Kisan Union (BKU) president and former MP Bhupinder Singh Mann today welcomed the steps taken by Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh for "ensuring smooth procurement" of wheat in the upcoming season in the state.
He was reacting to the decision of the government to cancel all the labour and transportation tenders issued during the erstwhile Badal regime for the upcoming wheat procurement season.
Mann alleged that in the last wheat procurement season, farmers had to face a lot of hardships due to rampant corruption in the system.
He also welcomed directions of the Chief Minister for all out efforts by the officers to ensure timely and full procurement of every single grain of wheat from the farmers, who had suffered a harrowing time last year as a result of the "ill-conceived agricultural policy of the erstwhile SAD-BJP regime".
Going by our experience in 2002 to 2007, we are very sure that farmers will not face any hardship for selling their crop in Mandis and also they will get full MSP unlike in the earlier government when they were "looted" by paying much less than the MSP by the "procurement mafia" which ruled roost for the last 10 years, the BKU leader said.
"We have been supporting Amarinder since 2000 because we feel that his governance skills are necessary for eliminating rot in the system," Mann added.