North Gazette News/Chandigarh
Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on Wednesday sought Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s personal intervention to step up the supplies of urea to Punjab in order to make up the shortfall of 1,47,843 MTs.
In a letter to Modi, Badal apprised him that the State Agriculture Department has time and again requested the Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers, GoI to hasten the supplies of Urea to Punjab, but unfortunately these were still slow and tardy.
He impressed upon Modi to advice the concerned officials of the Ministry to keep this shortfall in view while making allocation supplies of urea to Punjab for the month of December 2014.
Expressing grave concern over this issue, the Chief Minister told Modi that the farmers of Punjab were experiencing acute shortage of Urea in sowing their Rabi 2014-15 crops.
He mentioned that the Punjab has received only 5,24,807 MTs of Urea up to November 30, 2014 as against its demand and allocation 6,72,650 MTs, leaving a shortfall of 1,47,843 MTs. “Such a huge gap is not only adversely affecting sowing of Wheat but also creating unrest among the farmers,” said Badal.
The Chief Minister reiterated his request by imploring Modi to issue necessary instructions to the Ministry without any further delay to bail out the Punjabi farmers from the impending crisis arising out of scarcity of Urea.