Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh has categorically ruled out the installation of meters on agricultural tubewells. Flaying the Akalis for spreading false propaganda on the issue he said that the subsidy on power in the farming sector would continue, as already promised by the government.
In a statement issued at Chandigarh on Monday evening , the Chief Minister said, there is no question of withdrawing the subsidy or putting meters for tubewells in the farms.The Chief Minister had announced continuation of power subsidy for the agriculture sector in the state Vidhan Sabha in June this year.
Captain Amarinder said his government is committed to the welfare of the farming community and had already initiated several measures, including waiver of loans, to protect the interests of the farmers. He said that Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) are misleading the people with baseless statements with an eye on the Gurdaspur Lok Sabha by-election.