Amarinder Singh hits out at Union Agriculture Minister over farmers’ protest remarks

Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh during the 2nd Mega Job Fair in Ludhiana. Express Photo by Gurmeet Singh

Vastavam web: Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh today dubbed Union Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh’s controversial remarks about the ongoing farmers agitation “bizzare”.”It is not the protest which is bizarre, but the union minister’s statement,” Amarinder Singh said.He said that the Union minister’s statement yesterday that the protest by farmers was an attempt to gain media attention showed the Centre’s apathy towards the farming community.He added that the farmers were committing suicide out of sheer desperation and masses were reeling under spiralling prices.

“When the farmers, who feed the nation, are forced to resort to such extreme steps, including taking to the streets to draw attention to their pitiable condition, then it does not augur well for the country,” he said.”Radha Mohan (Singh) clearly had no qualms about showing his lack of sensitivity to their problems,” he said.”The farmers are suffering as a result of the central government’s failure to waive their debts, which many state governments, including Punjab, have repeatedly sought,” he said.

Questioning the Centre’s intent to rescue the beleaguered farmers, Amarinder Singh asked, “If a bankrupt state like Punjab could do its bit for a loan waiver, why could the Centre not come up with a waiver scheme?””The poor are nowhere on their priority agenda,” he said.Farmers in various parts of the country launched a 10-day agitation on Friday to press their demands including a loan waiver and the right price for crops.They dumped farm produce on roads and blocked supplies to cities in several states on Friday.